Is “A Haunted House” the New “Scary Movie” ?

Marlon Wayans is back! From the genius family that came up with the original idea for “Scary Movie”, a new horror parody project is emerging. I’m talking about “A Haunted House” from writer Marlon Wayans, A.K.A Shorty and Rick Alvarez. You may remember Shorty for his works in Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2, and Marlon for his role as a rich blonde girl in “White Chicks”. Wayans also participate on an independent but heavily awarded and acclaimed movie called “Requiem for a Dream” next to 30 seconds to Mars leading voice, Jared Leto and always remembered Reagan Mcnail mother, Ellen Burstyn.

Scene from the movie “A Haunted House” (2013)

“A Haunted House” presents a “Paranormal Activity” parody that will be shown up on movies in 2013. It has almost passed 12 years since the latest “Scary Movie” film where the Wayans brothers participate. If you take a good look you can trace the all different paths all the “Scary Movie” crew members have taken.

Starting with “Scary Movie”, this was an instant hit, the humour presented and the innovation of idea, seen only in major parodies such as Hot Shots, Airplanes or The Naked Gun, but all the mentioned made parody of blockbusters film projects, never a group of horror movies became so important, What would have been of the 2000′s horror movies without Scary Movie and viceversa. The introducing performance of a young but amazingly funny Anna Faris,a hilarious Regina Hall and the character development made by the Wayans Brothers that they obviously had learned on “In Living Color”.

Scene from the movie “A Haunted House” (2013)

“Scary Movie 2″ was on the same humour line as the first one with an old new touch. What’s this suppose to mean? This sequel parodied diverse scenes from movie

s out from the horror market such as Titanic, Rocky, Alien Resurrection, Charlie’s Angels among others. This movie had a nice plot well accompanied with the opportunities for the parodies. Very good actors except for Tori Spelling and very well characters except for Tori Spelling. This was the last movie with director Keenan Ivory Wayans and actors Marlon and Shawn Mayans, meanwhile Anna Faris and Regina Hall returned to the next one.”Scary Movie 3″ changed his director for The Naked Gun producer David Zucker, and I just have to tell you, I loved this movie. I think I watched it  about 49 times. The movies parodied were the hot movies at that time, such as like The Ring, Signs, The Others, 8 mile and The Matrix. Even though they were with a new director, they could maintain, update and uprise a humour bar. This is movie is all about every second humour, every expression, every Anna Faris face, every Regina Hall line is amazing. But lets talk about Charlie Sheen comeback to parodies, he was amazing in “Hot Shots” I and II, in this case he plays Mel Gibson role in Signs, he is  the sex addicted loser, just incredible.

Scene from the movie “A Haunted House”

In “Scary Movie 4″ we could understand whats makes a good parody, this is because the fourth movie was not as good as the other three. This one had amazing movies to play with, like Saw, The Grudge, The Village, War of the Worlds, but the kept on the basic comedy, the sex jokes, the violent comedy and the stereotypes. This system was used again in parodies like Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, SuperHero Movie, Date Movie, where you could go to theaters, watch those films and say “Damn this thing is cheap”.For “Scary Movie 5″ there is no more Anna Faris, but there is the curiosity for watching drugs, sex and bail time friendly celebs, Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan sharing a sex scene. Regina Hall will still be in the movie.

Despite, the upcoming David Zucker project with Lohan and Sheen, “A Haunted House” looks like great competition.  It is true that the Wayans Brothers have produced not so great movies like “Little Man” and “Dance Movie” but they still filmed “White Chicks” which in my opinion was terrific. Just for being a parody and is the Wayans Brothers, I’m gonna watch it.


Alfredo Viteri is a 24 years old IIG. He thinks he’s an Editor, a Web Designer, an Author, a Comedian, an Actor, an Executive Producer, a Critic, a Host. Now he is writing about showbiz, Hollywood, music and beyond. Don’t know why I’m writing in third person if I’m the one writing it.

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