The 2013 film, “A Haunted House” brought to our screens a comedy so stupid that it did more damage to our brains than cell phones ever could…so they decided to make a second one!
With a new girl, Megan (Jaime Pressly), and a new house, Malcolm Johnson (Marlon Wayans) is ready to move on with his life after the possession of his ex-girlfriend. Set one year after the chaos of his demonized experience, Malcolm is confident that his life is going to be much better. But on the day they are moving into their new home, Malcolm’s new dog is killed and once again he allows his dramatic instincts take over. Sounding familiar?
I’m not sure how else to do this one, because I’m split in my opinion, so I’m going to bring back the classic Pros vs Cons list!
I did actually find the movie to be funny (a fair amount) and decently entertaining. This is where most of the top critics would argue me, but I would like to say something first. Good horror films are as scarce as rain in a dry, arid desert. Good funny movies are about the same. The film industry, mesmerized by dollar signs, continues to crumble as low quality films are spat out like cheap electronics from an overseas factory. It’s all about throwing something together with a small budget, and turning a profit after the release. Someone’s gonna watch it, right? Well, my point is this…Good movies are hard to come by, but I would gladly choose this movie over most of the bullshit that film producers are calling “horror” movies or “comedies” today. It’s just as stupid as the first movie, but personally, I like some stupid in my comedies. Come on, I bet you’ve seen at least a couple of the 5 “Scary Movies” that are nothing more than stupid spoofs of actual scary movies. It takes some stupid to make a decent comedy. And you have no room to speak if you are a fan of any of the “Paranormal Activity” movies. Now that’s some stinky shit.
In addition, I thought the cast was great. Pressly and Wayans wouldn’t be my first choice as an on screen couple, but they seemed to jive quite well to my surprise. And seeing some familiar characters from the first movie was a nice touch. My favorite addition to the cast was Gabriel Inglesias as Miguel, the neighbor. I found the stereotypical conversations between Miguel and Malcolm to be very entertaining.
Even for me there is a limit to the amount of dumb senselessness I can take (as I believe I stated in the first “A Haunted House” review). This movie does cross that line and there’s just no way around that fact. There were multiple portions of the movie that were almost boring because the humor was so adolescent and ridiculous. What’s worse, is that on top of some pretty bad humor, there were plenty of crappy effects to go with it. I feel like the movie was edited in a garage by a teenager with low self confidence and a mom to bring him cookies. CHEAP!
“A Haunted House 2” also takes jokes from the first one and uses them in a quickly and thoughtlessly modified manner. From the dog dying, to Malcolm’s strange fetishes and sexual behavior, it’s merely a slightly altered repeat of the first film. This is a huge turn off to viewers when watching a sequel. We want fresh, new material for our money and time spent on the movie. Add popcorn, drinks, and a $10 candy bar (oh movie theaters) and that shit adds up! All for what? To be insulted as viewers with a lot of the same crap we’ve already seen.
Let’s break it down.
Total Abstract Rating: 70% The only thing holding this rating up is the fact that I can handle the senselessness for the most part and still find an entertaining movie within it. If you can’t handle “stupid” then stay away from this one.
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