Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review of A HAUNTED HOUSE 2: Just Dumb, Not Funny

April 24, 2014

I have not seen the first "A Haunted House" film, but after sitting through this dreadful sequel I don't think I would like to.  Why this trashy unpleasant film was released on Easter weekend is beyond me.

There is no coherent story.  Upon getting over an ex-girlfriend who got possessed by evil spirits, Malcolm hooks up and moves in with a new girl Megan and her two kids.  What follows is an embarrassing mishmash of scenes from recent big hits in the horror genre, "Sinister", "Insidious" and "The Conjuring," as Malcolm continues to be terrorized by demonic events.  

Marlon Wayans plays Malcolm in the most irritating and annoying manner, with his non-stop loud screaming and nonsensical ranting.  He has a prolonged, uncomfortable and unfunny sex sequence where Marlon gets it on with a doll that looks like the diabolical Annabelle from "The Conjuring".  More awful jokes of such sick sexual nature would recur through the rest of the film.

You go into a spoof film like this to have a shallow laugh out of jokes inspired by your favorite horror films. However, within the first few minutes, you already get the feeling that this film will not entertain you at all.  In fact, it could even be quite boring, with very long humorless scenes that overstay their welcome. There are many scenes which would offend pet lovers, Catholics, Mexicans, women, and practically everyone else.  

I found it interesting only when it tries to recreate a recognizable scene from those modern horror classics, like the group hanging from "Sinister" or the "Hide and Clap" game from "The Conjuring".  But unfortunately, I wind up disappointed because its spoofing just falls terribly flat.  I would have had a good time if a film was dumb and funny, but this film is just plain dumb, not funny. 1/10.

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