A Haunted House

00:00 January 21, 2013
By: Fritz Esker
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[Courtesy of Open Road Films]

Parodies were once the domain of the Zucker/ Abrahams/Zucker fi lmmaking trio, who made some of the best comedies of the 80s (Airplane, Top Secret!, The Naked Gun). sadly, since the trio parted ways, parodies are now where comedy goes to die (2007's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is the only exception). is the latest painfully unfunny example.

A Haunted House is a parody of the Paranormal Activity movies. With their stiff acting, stilted dialogue, and general amateurishness, those fi lms should be ripe for parody in the right hands. sadly, writer/director Marlon Wayans' effort feels like something a bunch of friends randomly threw together one night. Fart jokes, jokes about guys hitting on other guys, and other stale, laugh-free pieces of "comedy" ensue.

The experience can best be summarized with this story: 45 minutes into the 86-minute fi lm, an old man entered the theater and sat directly behind me. He ate a snack, stayed for about 10-15 minutes, then left a half an hour before the movie ended.

He didn't miss anything at all.

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