Love it or hate it, the found-footage style of filmmaking appears to be here to stay. Thanks to the fact that they have low budgets and typically cast lesser-known lead actors, films like Chronicle, Project X and Cloverfield have consistently scored at the box office. Case in point, Paranormal Activity 4 is currently sitting atop the nationwide box office. Truly there is no better time for a film to come along and lampoon the entire found-footage genre.
We’ve already learned the official synopsis of Marlon Wayans’ upcoming found-footage parody, which takes particular aim at the Paranormal Activity series. Entitled simply A Haunted House, the film – directed by Michael Tiddes and co-written by Wayans and Rick Alvarez – stars Wayans, Essence Atkins, Nick Swardson and Cedric the Entertainer.
Now, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, we have our look at its first trailer. A Haunted House calls to mind the first two Scary Movie films, which Wayans and his brothers Shawn and Keenan Ivory collaborated on. That franchise eventually went on without them (and, in fact, will continue with Scary Movie 5 starring Ashley Tisdale), and in some ways, A Haunted House looks like Wayans’ attempt to recapture that prior success.
Judging by the trailer, audiences can probably expect a lot of crude humor and goofy antics akin to previous Wayans productions like White Chicks and Little Man. While they regularly take a critical drubbing, these films clearly have a built-in audience, and the premise of poking fun at the Paranormal Activity franchise is certainly timely enough to capture mass appeal. Chances are, if you’re interested in seeing the film, you already know it.
Besides, Wayans was last seen onscreen as Ripcord in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), and one can’t really blame him for going back to the kind of comedy he knows best (especially since it’s proven lucrative in the past).
Are you going to see A Haunted House, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.
A Haunted House hits theaters on January 11, 2013.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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