Posted on 2/27/13 04:44 AM
A HAUNTED HOUSE
Starring Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins
Directed by Michael Tiddes
Marlon Wayans takes on the found-footage genre in the self-penned comedy spoof, "A Haunted House", his first starring role since the 2009 big-screen adaptation of "G.I. Joe". Wayans is no stranger to this genre, having made a name for himself in classics like "Don't Be A Menace..." and of course, the original "Scary Movie". However, after a slew of disappointing send-ups in the last few years, there has a been a noted decline in parodies, with "A Haunted House" being the first proper release of a spoof since "Vampires Suck" two years ago.
Time has either been kind to the low-brow comedy genre or "A Haunted House" actually has some solid laughs somewhere between the inescapable fart and scat jokes. Make no mistake, this is not a film for the serious-minded, or the easily-offended but the film is not disguised as either. It is a simple, go-for-laughs fiasco that surprisingly works more often that you think.
The film does squander a plethora of source material for cheap laughs and is heavily influenced by past spoofs like "Scary Movie 2" (an obvious body of inspiration for this film) and to a lesser extent, "Epic Movie". Still, these cliches are mostly overcome by a funny Nick Swardson and charismatic Marlon Wayans, who carries the brunt of the movie and therefore the main reason for the film's "R" rating due to partial nudity.
Overall, "A Haunted House" was a by-the-numbers, expected addition to the spoof comedy family but still a fun and arguably enjoyable turn into simple-minded humour.