‘A Haunted House’ Trailer Pokes Fun at Found-Footage Horror

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:39 am,

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.

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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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  1. Man…I hope that’s not all the good parts

  2. lol the fart scene.

  3. This looks too awful, the jokes are horrendously unfunny.

  4. Oh jesus! Looks like Marlan Wayans went away and thought really long and hard about the next movie he was going to make, looks like has dug deep within his soul and come up with the something so unique and hilarious critics will be applauding and movies goers will be splitting their sides in equal measure!!

  5. oh wow this looks bad. that trailer was annoying.

  6. I liked the fart scene although I’ll need to think watching it or not.

  7. A film like this needs to be toned humor and why the crude humor? there is nothing crude or sexual in the Paranormal Activity movies, i will definitely not be seeing this cliche stupid parody movie!

  8. YES! it looks fantastic, had to watch a couple of times. it was so damn funny.

    cant wait. i love their parody movies. Its definitely gonna be better than scary movie 5. still miss shorty from the first 2 scary movies and without anna faris whats really the point in continuing? they are just making on the name now. i cant judge now though since i dont know anything about it.

  9. In the end, it’s probably better than Paranormal Activity, Project X, and all those other found-footage crap movies.

    • Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, and REC were all great Found Footage films.

  10. Pretty irritating trailer.

  11. I can’t see a movie when i just want the star to disappear, that was the most annoying thing to watch, Wayans on red bull, followed by unfunny trailer with “black” stereotypes, bookmarked by shameless pleading to follow this lame movie on facebook or twitter. UGH !

  12. There is a special level of hell reserved just for Wayans.

    • Ten points for Firefly reference!

      But I laughed a bit. . . it does look and feel really stupid though. But that’s the point of them. Because they think those movies are really stupid so they spoof them and make them look even more so. I laughed, felt like a lot of it was forced. But loved Cedric the Entertainer in it.

      In summation, I loved and hated it. Which is what happens with most of the Wayans movies.

  13. I’d rather spend 10 dollars on this than the trash Paranormal Activity series.

  14. just cause its selling doesnt mean we have to like it.

  15. What will be funnier: this or Paranormal Activity 4?
    What will be worse: this or Paranormal Activity 4?

    • Good questions. Paranormal Activity while downright awful are still somewhat funny to laugh at from time to time. And of course not much is worse than Paranormal Activity. Not even this stupid movie.

  16. Marlon Wayans is a talentless hack, like most black directors out there these days.

    • Tut come on man you cant say that!

      Although come to think of it there are hardly any black film directors! I can only think of four others – Spike Lee, Steve McQueen (Shame) and Mario/Melvin Van Peebles oh and Tyler Perry that’s five!

      Crazy, answers on a post card to………

      • Come on you can do better than that!………John Singleton, The Huge Brothers, Antoine Fuqua, Lee Daniels, Thomas Carter just to name a few!

  17. Me no likey

  18. That just beat all the Paranormal Activity films

  19. That trailer was absolutely terrible, and I don’t say that lightly.

  20. This movie looks like it’s going to be hilarious!

  21. it’s a shame that a more competent satirist couldn’t be making this film, because it needs to be done

  22. You know, that was uh…pretty bad.

    • Watching it was a little like being forced to eat vegetables I hate because I’ll get some cake later. Except there was no cake.

  23. I like this movie


  25. I went to see the movie and was very sorry I did.