In the 2000s, comedies like Todo Mundo em Panico were the biggest hit with the world audience. Parody films had a big moment a few years ago, but nowadays they are part of a genre long overlooked by Hollywood.
With eschatological jokes, problematic moments and a so-called lack of creativity, many parody films are seen as “embarrassing” by the general public.
However, films of this genre still manage to win fans in several countries, betting on easy-to-understand humor and guaranteed laughs.
Netflix has launched in its catalog one of the most expressive and relatively recent releases of the genre, check below everything you need to know about Paranormal Inactivity!
Paranormal Inactivity is a comedy film that parodies several horror movies, released in 2013.
The feature is produced by Michael Tiddes, a director specializing in satires, who also serves as executive producer and screenwriter for the film.
As the name implies, Paranormal Inactivity mainly makes fun of the Paranormal Activity franchise, a series of films in a found-footage format that has established itself as a true box office phenomenon.
According to the film’s star, Paranormal Inactivity is not “exactly a parody, but a movie with fun characters that do the opposite of what typical horror movie figures usually do.”
In addition to Paranormal Activity, the comedy also parodies films such as The Daughter of Evil and other found-footage hits.
The film’s premise is quite simple: a hopeful couple moves into a new home, and quickly realizes that supernatural forces dominate the place.
The difference is that, instead of causing scares, Paranormal Inactivity conquers the public with lots of laughs.
Although it was detonated by the specialized critics – with only 9% of approval in Rotten Tomatoes – the film managed to conquer a large audience, guaranteeing a box office of more than 60 million with a budget of 2.5 million.
The success was so great that it allowed the production of a sequel, also available on Netflix.
The cast of Paranormal Inactivity is made up exclusively of comedians, and actors with extensive experience in comedy films.
Marlon Wayans plays the protagonist Malcolm Johnson. The actor is a pioneer of comedy films, famous for producing and acting in films such as Everyone in a Scream and The Whites.
Essence Atkins (The Wayan Brothers) vive Keisha, a esposa de Marlon.
The comedians Cedric the Entertainer and Nick Swardson play, respectively, Father Doug Williams and the medium Chip, called to practice an exorcism in the couple’s new residence.
The cast of the feature is completed by the comedians David Koechner (The Office), David Sheridan (Nu!), Marlene Forte (Claws), Andy Daly (Veep), Alanna Ubach (Entering An Even Greater Cold), Affion Crockett (50 Shades of Black), Robin Thede (A Black Lady Sketch Show) and JB Smoove (Harlequin).
Paranormal Inactivity and its sequel are available on Netflix.
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