A HAUNTED HOUSE
Not long into A Haunted House, it becomes apparent that Marlon Wayans is treading the same path that his older brother Keenen Ivory did with the Scary Movies in conducting a parody of the horror genre. (2013 seems to be a year that has seen a sudden return of the crude and rude horror parody that Scary Movie started with said series also being dragged out for a fifth entry with Scary MoVie (2013), as well as 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2013) in release). In specific, A Haunted House reveals itself as a spoof of Paranormal Activity (2007), while the latter sections of the film dive off into a parody of The Exorcist (1973) and to a lesser extent reference scenes from The Devil Inside (2012).
It is not long into A Haunted House when it becomes apparent that the humour is heading down to the same lowest common denominator wit that Keenen Ivory Wayans made his trademark. We get some two minutes of scenes with Marlon Wayans humping and mimicking various sexual positions with his girlfriends teddy bear. Not long after this, we get a parody of Paranormal Activity where the moving sheets turns out to be Essence Atkins farting in her sleep. All of the films targets are crude and obvious sex, farts, herpes, race-based humour, gay awkwardness jokes. The film seems to think it is making some point about racial humour when it has Dave Koechner stringing off a series of racial slurs (although, while it seems to think this is a bad thing when being made by a white guy, it should be noted the film seems perfectly happy to make racial caricatures of Marlene Fortes Latino maid). There is the character of the medium played by Nick Swardson whose only characterisation throughout the entire film seems to be making gay innuendoes and coming onto Marlon Wayans.
A Haunted House is slightly less persistently loud and crude in its humour than Scary Movie was. It also has the semblance of a plot. There is even the odd gag that is occasionally amusing the one where Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins get stoned and are joined by the entity that puffs on the joint (where we see its incorporeal lungs filling with smoke) where the scene from Paranormal Activity with it dragging people out the door is turned into a gag. The film also conducts a variant on the ghost rape from The Entity (1982), which was also spoofed in both Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984) and Scary Movie 2. Here the scene is escalated to where Essence Atkins prefers the entity to Marlon Wayans in bed and is seen sitting up in bed dressed in a sexy negligee waiting with an ouija board for it. Later, for equal opportunity, we see the entity buggaring Marlon. There is also a mildly amusing variant on the crucifix masturbation from The Exorcist with Marlon walking in on Essence Atkins in the midst of self-stimulation and offering her a vibrator Wouldnt you rather have this?
Marlon Wayans and director Michael Tiddes subsequently returned with a sequel A Haunted House 2 (2014), followed by a further parody film with Fifty Shades of Black (2016) and Naked (2017) in which Marlon Wayans is trapped in a timeloop forced to relive his wedding day.