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Trailer For ‘A Haunted House’ Riffs on ‘Paranormal Activity’

A Haunted House Trailer
Open Road Films

Over a decade ago, Marlon Wayans co-wrote and starred in ‘Scary Movie,’ a horror movie parody that made a great deal of money and spawned a franchise that is somehow still trucking onward. Now, it looks like he’s attempting to replicate that success with ‘A Haunted House,’ a riff on the incredibly popular ‘Paranormal Activity‘ series.

Considering the popularity of found footage horror movies over the past couple years, it’s surprising that it took someone this long to make a spoof of this style. In fact, this is a surefire way of telling when a genre or trope has reached cultural saturation — when someone makes a parody of your movie, it may be time to try something new.

We’re certain that there are plenty of laughs waiting to be mined from the found footage genre, but the trailer for ‘A Haunted House’ doesn’t have many. Unless you’re a fan of fart jokes. Or pot jokes. Or enjoy seeing Marlon Wayans in S&M gear. Or Nick Swardson (but that would make you a monster). There are a few jokes directly based on scenes and moments from the ‘Paranormal Activity’ films and those actually look pretty funny…until the trailer throws a few ‘The Devil Inside’ gags at you and then you’re angry all over again.

‘A Haunted House’ opens on January 11, 2013.

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