While Marlon Wayans’ A Haunted House will lampoon found footage horror films January 11th, 2013, Scary Movie 5 is looking to capitalize on mocking some of the same films – along with a slew of other more well-known films – later in the year. Thanks to the first official trailer, we now know films like Paranormal Activity, Black Swan, and Inception will all get the Scary Movie treatment from writers David Zucker and Pat Proft.
Rejuvenating the franchise after taking some seven years to collect enough filmography worth roasting, High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale has been tapped to lead a cast of franchise regulars like Simon Rex and Charlie Sheen, along with new faces like Lindsay Lohan, Terry Crews, Katt Williams, Kate Walsh, Heather Locklear, and Mike Tyson.
As per the synopsis, Black Swan seems to be the main source of plot material, following “three dancers — one veteran performer and two upstarts who are also best friends — vie for the lead in a new production from a snooty, aloof, imperious, and oversexed director.” Surely we’ll be getting perverted jokes from whatever actor is chosen to portray Vincent Cassel’s original director role turned sexual deviant, then a bunch of Paranormal Activity rip-offs when Tisdale’s character Jody returns home for the night.
Scary Movie 5 looks to be just another franchise addition in a long line of increasingly frustrating spoof films, and the fact that I’ve already seen half the haunting jokes in the trailer for A Haunted House doesn’t bode too well for their creativity factor. Not to mention, more adventurous horror fans will have already had their fill of Paranormal Activity knock-offs first with Wayan’s film, and then second with 30 Night Of Paranormal Activity With The Devil Inside The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. No, that’s not a cruel joke, that’s actually happening.
We’ll wait and see if Scary Movie 5 can be some return to form, but it probably won’t be judging how the trailer again would rather make fun of celebrities instead of actual horror films. Scary Movie succeed because it actually ripped Scream off well, along with inserting raunchy humor and actual spoof material worth watching. Here, we get Charlie Sheen making jokes about himself.
Check out the trailer and decide for yourself whether you think another Scary Movie will be worth your time. You can be sure my money will be spent elsewhere on my birthday, April 15th, 2013, with the Evil Dead remake opening three days earlier – no competition there.