A Haunted House 2

Movie Information

The Story: A man finds himself haunted by a demon. The Lowdown: A crass, obvious and generally stupid send-up of popular horror movies.
Genre: Horror Parody
Director: Michael Tiddes (A Haunted House)
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Cedric the Entertainer, Essence Atkins
Rated: NR




Despite the hot garbage that was last year’s A Haunted House — a languid, grating attempt at throwing Marlon Wayans back into the always-lucrative horror parody business — it still made millions of dollars. A lot of this has to do with how cheaply these things can be made. I guess Wayans comes cheap these days, and a whole lot of corners can be cut by filming in a single location. There’s no way it wouldn’t make millions of dollars, which is a depressing, depressing thought.




Since there’s no way a sequel could fail, here comes A Haunted House 2, which is essentially the first movie all over again, though there do appear to be differences. While the found footage aspect of the movie remains, this time around, Wayans and company are going after movies like Sinister (2012) and James Wan’s Insidious (2010), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) and The Conjuring (2013). And by going after, I mean pulling things from the trailers and grafting some weed and sex jokes onto them. Imagine the lowest common denominator. Now, imagine lifting up the lowest common denominator and finding an even lower, never-before-discovered denominator nestled comfortably underneath.




There’s exactly one amusing joke (about Madea Goes to Mars, which sounds infinitely better than this movie). It only serves to remind you what humor is before the rest of the movie tramples your better inclinations. This is, after all, a movie with a Wayans in it. I’m not even going to get into a full-on description of what constitutes that distinct Marlon Wayans’ style, but without addressing the more Freudian aspects, this is a man who thinks his own bare ass is the height of comedy. This movie is an affront to good taste and an affront to America, where a man can get paid seven digits (OK, let’s be realistic, six digits) to hump a spooky doll twice on screen. I can only take solace in the fact that one day the sun will eat the earth and every $5 remainder bin DVD of A Haunted House 2 with it. Rated R for crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images.

 Playing at Carolina Cinemas, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grane, United Artists Beaucatcher.


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8 thoughts on “A Haunted House 2

  1. T.rex

    At least you know what to put on the top spot in your worst list come December.

  2. Ken Hanke

    Perhaps I’ll remind you, though I may well have forgotten its existence, since I’ve no intention of ever seeing it. (The first one is on Netflix Steaming at the moment, but I can’t say I’m tempted.) I actually tend to prefer to go after more…pretentious things at the year’s end than this sort of disposable crap.

  3. Ken Hanke

    It also says exactly why I fobbed this off on Justin. That and the fact that he’s our Wayans expert.

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