I rather enjoyed Scary Movie 1 and 2. There I said it. The Wayans Bros weren’t exactly the new Mel Brooks’ of spoofs (meh, who is?) but they got me laughing with their ridiculous gags. They left the franchise after that though, and it rapidly went on a downward spiral into a steaming turd pile.
Scary Movie 5 is currently being made, for which I have zero hope, but when I heard that Marlon Wayans was doing another R-rated horror spoof, A Haunted House, this time ripping off Paranormal Activity, a part of me thought that maybe he could recapture that Scary Movie magic.
That part of me has now been slapped and gagged and will never see the sunlight again.
From the creators of “Scary Movie” comes another hilarious horror spoof, a parody of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. When newlyweds Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) move into their dream house, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, but his wife that is possessed with spirits – or as Malcolm calls it – “relationship baggage.” Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghost busters to rid her of the demon, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his marriage… or his sex life for that matter.
Oof. That actually caused me physical pain. Now it’s true that this green band trailer may not be the best representation of the final product, since all the more riskier and possibly (hopefully) funnier gags had to be kept out of this to appease the censors, but there’s still a whole lot of just plain terrible moments here. I did giggle once or twice, but there needs to be more than that.
One thing I will say though, this still looks like Citizen Kane compared to those oxygen thieves Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s “Movie” movies. Those guys need to get tried in the Hague for what they did to humanity.
Last Updated: October 22, 2012