How to Make a Good Horror-Comedy (Because Most People Can't Get It Right)

Don't involve the Wayans Brothers.

Lesson learned from: Scary Movie 2 (2001), A Haunted House (2013)

It's not that Shawn, Marlon, and Keenen Ivory Wayans aren't funny. As I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), In Living Color, The Wayans Bros., and, yes, even the first Scary Movie (2000) prove, when the siblings are on, they're downright hilarious. But a strange thing happened during the creation of Scary Movie 2—the Wayans family ran out of good material.

Nearly everything they've touched post-Scary Movie 2 has been comedy kryptonite, especially Marlon's solo bid at genre spoofing, A Haunted House, a lifeless and often shameful attempt to poke fun at found-footage horror flicks that spends more time committing homophobia than it does cleverly milking POV cinema for all its worth.

We have no doubt that the Wayans Bros. will once again be funny, but until that day comes (might we suggest an In Living Color reunion special?), hopefully they'll steer clear of rehashing the Scary Movie franchise they launched 13 years ago and wisely abandoned after the second one sucked wind. Oh, wait, that's right—Marlon's already working on another A Haunted House.

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