Movie review: A-haunting we will go, Wayans family style

What It's AboutApril 17, 2014 

Another crude spoof of the horror genre, "A Haunted House 2" treads familiar territory.

With specific parody of "The Conjuring," the latest "Paranormal Activity" installments, and other recent supernatural movies, this comedy elicits many laughs with its silliness and tasteless humor.

The intrepid Marlon Wayans plays Malcolm, who moves into his dream home with his new girlfriend Megan (Jaime Pressly) and her two children, only to discover his old demonic-possessed girlfriend is in the neighborhood. What's a scaredy-cat, expressive comic actor to do?

Wackiness ensues, and despite its anything-for-laughs hastily thrown-together quality, "A Haunted House 2" will appeal to those just wanting mindless fun.

Performances

Marlon Wayans ("The Heat") is a likable presence, fearless about pushing the boundaries of comedy. He surrounded himself with affable cast mates who appear to be having a blast, no matter how raunchy or gross the material got. Jaime Pressly and company are good sports, game for anything to make people laugh.

What Works

You don't have to be familiar with "A Haunted House" to figure out what you're getting in the sequel.

The Wayans family has made a franchise out of spoofing horror movies, starting with "Scary Movie" and continuing with "Scary Movie 2" before others churned out the next installments.

The formula is basic -- get people to do outrageous things, and pile on attempts to be even more over-the-top as the last one. Mash up sight gags and slapstick with as many jokes as possible -- no matter if they land -- and let the good times roll.

What Doesn't Work

We're accustomed to excessive vomit scenes in both horror movies and its spoofs, as well as volumes of blood and other body fluid gross-outs. This movie isn't delicate about them in the least, celebrating its yuck factor.

Still doesn't mean I like watching them. Ugh.

And the possessed doll bits are as depraved and down-and-dirty as it gets in mainstream cinema.

What's repugnant to one person, though, is often hilarious to another. If you like edgy, goofy and push-the-envelope vulgarity, this is your kind of entertainment.

2 stars out of 4

Director: Michael Tiddes

Starring: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Affion Crockett, Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards, Cedric the Entertainer

Length: 1:27

Rated: R for crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images.

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