Is the Found Footage Genre Fertile Enough to Withstand Overmanuring from Marlon Wayans?

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The found footage genre has belonged almost exclusively to the horror and science fiction genres. Within those genres the style has been utilized to the effect of finding redemption among the lost souls of those attached by the monster of "Cloverfield" as well as producing pure terror in "[Rec]" as well as lesser effects in lesser attempts. Comedy has been sorely missing from the canon. That does not appear likely to change with the addition of "A Haunted House" from Marlon Wayans.

Once upon a time the name Wayans attached to a project meant a few laughs here and there. Remember that TV show? Aired on Fox? Jim Carrey was in it. Since then, the name Wayans has meant movies like "White Chicks." Any resemblance between "White Chicks" and comedy is purely coincidental, not to mention imaginary, In fact, if you laughed during "White Chicks" you might seriously want to consider getting an MRI done. You may have some serious damage done up there.

Some day, the very viable philosophical and ideological constructs that can be applied to found footage films will be put to good use, for the first time, within a film belonging to the comedy genre. That movie is almost certainly not going to be "A Haunted House."

What is most likely to be learned from "A Haunted House" is not anything that can be added to the increasing pile of evidence that found footage is potentially one of the most exciting and philosophically fecund genres of cinema to come down the pike in recent memory. Rather we are likely to learn, for about the tenth time now, that the Wayans should look elsewhere for employment. Comedy just isn't the forte of this family anymore. Of course, stranger things have happened than "A Haunted House" adding some fertile material to the found footage genre.

I just can't think of anything at the moment.

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