Thursday, January 3, 2013

'A Haunted House,' 'Scary Movie 5': Paranormal spoofs on the way ... a little late

'A Haunted House' poster
Nearly a decade after paranormal investigative shows became big business with Ghost Hunters in 2004, and three years after Paranormal Activity stormed the box office, the Hollywood spoof machine has finally decided to take on ghosts in a pair of new movies.

First up is A Haunted House, a Paranormal Activity lampoon starring Marlon Wayans (who also co-wrote the movie), Nick Swardson, Cedric the Entertainer, David Koechner and Essence Atkins. Opening Jan. 11, the movie follow young couple Malcolm (Wayans) and Keisha (Atkins), who move into their dream home, only to learn a demon also lives there. When Keisha becomes possessed, Malcolm enlists a psychic, priest and team of ghost hunters to help him out - and assist him in keeping his sex life active.

Interestingly, Swardson's character is the gay psychic named "Chip," and is pretty much a direct shout-out to Chip Coffey. And while Koechner's character name is not listed on IMDB, he looks like he could be doing Jason Hawes duty in the movie.

Not to be outdone, the Scary Movie franchise gets dug up for a fifth entry on April 12 after about seven years since the fourth installment. Starring Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan (as themselves), Ashley Tisdale, Kendra Wilkinson, Heather Locklear, Jerry O'Connell, Molly Shannon and a whole bunch of other folks, the movie is about ... well, about something that shouts out to a lot of movies like Black Swan, Paranormal Activity 4, Inception and more.

Although neither flick really seems to be exactly "fresh," the Scary Movie franchise has been extremely profitable. And who but Marlon Wayans was one of the main creators of that franchise, although he has not been actively involved since 2001's Scary Movie 2.

The trailers for both movies are after the jump. And speaking of jumping, are you doing just that for joy to see these spoofs?

-Larissa Mrykalo, Aaron Sagers