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Marlon Wayans gets crazy in 'A Haunted House'
Wayans stars alongside Essence Atkins in this outrageous spoof on the glut of films about paranormal activity.
Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:30 am
by Kimberly C. Roberts

Within minutes of being in the company of Marlon Wayans, the youngest of the wild and wacky Wayans brothers, you’ll realize he is just as out of control in person as he is on

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Marlon Wayans (right) stars with Essence Atkins in "A Haunted House," a spoof on the glut of films about paranormal activity.


His new fast-paced film “A Haunted House” is an outrageous spoof on the current glut of films about paranormal activity.

The hilarious saga tells the story of Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Keisha (Essence Atkins), an attractive young couple that decides to move in together. However, their relationship immediately hits a major snag when immediately upon her arrival, Keisha runs Malcolm’s dog over with her truck, and that’s just the beginning.

When she enters the house, it becomes painfully evident that the once blissful couple is not alone.

“This is something new and different,” says Wayans, who calls “A Haunted House,” now open in theaters, a “mash-up” rather than a parody.

“It’s really a horror comedy with parody moments,” he said. “It’s about a relationship… It’s about love. It’s about lust. It’s about a lot of things, but it’s about acting the damn fool at the end of the day!”

He said the basic premise of the movie is “paranormal activity if it happened to a black couple” or “paranormal blacktivity.”

“We’ve seen white people do it,” he said. “We’ve seen them make their mistakes. But Black people, we do it a little bit different. That’s the truth that I wanted to hit. When [Malcolm] moved? That’s the movie right there! When he goes, ‘Aw, hell no!’ and he packs the moving van up and peels off, that’s the classic [theme] in my head.”

In addition to being inspired by the paranormal craze that is currently enjoying box office success, “A Haunted House” is also the result of the limited opportunities for Black actors in Hollywood. “I did it out of necessity really, ’cause they don’t make many Black movies in Hollywood,” Wayans said. “They make less movies, period. You know if they have white actors going, ‘There’s no work out there!’ that means brothers ain’t got nuttin’! They gonna start bringin’ slave roles back soon! So for me, I just go, ‘If there’s no roles, then you’ve gotta create ’em.’”

Although there appear to be similarities, Wayans wanted to emphasize that “A Haunted House” is in no way related to the “Scary Movie” series that he and his brother Shawn created.

“[‘Scary Movie’] was a great franchise and we left it after part two,” he said. “We haven’t been a part of it. They keep trying to give us credit for (parts) three and four, but I’m like ‘No! That BS ain’t mine! I’ll take credit for my BS!’”

After watching “A Haunted House,” and laughing at Wayans’ shameless antics for about 45 minutes, I was compelled to ask, “Is there anything that the Wayans brothers won’t do on camera?”

“Absolutely not!” Wayans said without hesitation. “We are one thousand percent fools! I don’t care! This movie is a lot of, ‘Oh no, he didn’t!’ When 65-year-old white people are going, ‘Oh no, he ain’t! He ain’t doin’ that! No!’ You know you hit a chord!”


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