Even with the Wayans brothers and Anna Faris no longer attached to the franchise they built, Scary Movie 5 is still on its way to theatres next April, with Ashley Tisdale in the lead protagonist role and Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan cast as versions of themselves.
Not to be outdone, Marlon Wayans is returning to the horror movie parody game this year as well, starring in and producing A Haunted House. His film, which will beat Scary Movie 5 to the punch by releasing in January, appears to be treading on much of the same comedic ground, based on what we saw from the latest trailer from A Haunted House compared to the new trailer from Scary Movie 5.
As with previous franchise installments, the first trailer for Scary Movie 5 (courtesy of MTV) casts a wide comedic net over an assortment of popular films, parodying everything from Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, to Tyler Perry's Madea movies and even Inception. This trailer seems to emphasize that variety, possibly as a way to differentiate itself from A Haunted House, which throws most of its jabs at the more recently popular found-footage sub-genre of horror.
However, spending time skewering the Paranormal Activity franchise in this type of movie is unavoidable, so we end up seeing many similar sight gags in both trailers. Since we have two films coming out this year that are both using a similar tone and sense of humor to tackle some of the same movies, we will see how much comedy can be wrung out of the same joke and, at the same time, hope that the humor is not stale by the time Scary Movie 5 is released.
One thing the film does have going for it is its rather impressive cast (for a fifth installment), which also includes Terry Crews (The Expendables), Heather Locklear (Spin City) and Jerry O'Connell (Sliders). And considering the script was written by legendary comedy director David Zucker (Airplane, Naked Gun), who has made a career out of hilarious parody pieces, there may be plenty of laughs to be had with the latest Scary Movie.
Check out Scary Movie 5 when it his theatres on April 19, 2013.