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A Haunted House (2013)

Review by CJ

Director:
Michael Tiddes

Starring:
Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Nick Swardson, Dave Sheridan, Cedric the Entertainer

Other notable appearances:
Alanna Ubach, Andrew Daly, Affion Crockett

Running time:
86 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Superhero Movie, Scary Movie 5, Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck

 

When Malcolm (Wayans) has his girlfriend Kisha (Atkins) move in with him, she brings a demonic entity into their home that causes and feeds off negative energy between the couple.

In my humble opinion, both found footage films and gross parody films have been done to death. Though I did enjoy the first few Scary Movie films and decided to give A Haunted House a go. So what happens when a film takes on both of these aspects? Nothing good, I’m afraid.

A Haunted House is primarily a spoof of Paranormal Activity that also parodies films like The Exorcist and The Blair Witch Project. It’s a bit clunky though and doesn’t really convey many of the films it spoofs at all well. Haunted house films aren’t new so there was plenty of material that could have been spoofed, but it just thinly spread a handful of references.

As far as humour goes, there were a couple of cheap laughs but overall I found A Haunted House to be painfully unfunny. The jokes were either taken too far for too long or simply fell flat.

A Haunted House isn’t the worst parody or comedy film I have ever seen, but it’s certainly within the vicinity. I really wouldn’t bother unless you absolutely must see every parody film made. If you just want a silly, rude comedy that pokes fun at horror, stick with the Scary Movie films.

Rating:

“Who am I kidding? I can’t sell a house in this market! Immediate possession? It’s already possessed!”

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