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A Haunted House 2013

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Malcolm and Kisha move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm - determined to keep his sex life on track - turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help.

Starring:
Marlene Forte, David Koechner
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 26 minutes
Starring Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Essence Atkins, Nick Swardson, Marlon Wayans
Director Michael Tiddes
Genres Comedy, Horror
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 21 October 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 26 minutes
Starring Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Essence Atkins, Nick Swardson, Marlon Wayans
Director Michael Tiddes
Genres Comedy, Horror
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release Title not released yet
Main languages English

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Format: Blu-ray
This is a very funny African-American spoof of the found footage films. The humor borders on low brow for much of the film. Kisha (Essence Atkins) moves in with Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and almost immediately claims the house is possessed as she finds her keys on the floor. Malcolm sets up cameras and uses techniques he learned from watching "Scooby-Doo."

If you have seen the Paranormal series, you can't help but laugh at this film which includes a gay psychic (Nick Swardson) who is more interested in Malcolm than the ghost; the camera installer (David Koechner) who also is part of "The Ghost guys"; a priest in training (Cedric the Entertainer) and a couple who want a "Mandingo Party."

The humor while crude, I enjoyed, as it wasn't simply crude for crude's sake.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb, N-word, comical sex, nudity.
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Format: DVD
Funny in places, but has nowhere near the amount of laughs there are in other Wayans films. A Haunted House kinda has the feel of a comedy sketch being stretched out over 90 minutes. Worth seeing if you get the Wayans humour. If you're Mark Kermode though, prob best avoid.

3.5 rounded up to a 4.
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Format: DVD
"Funniest film ever" another reviewer wrote. I could not disagree more, this is probably the least funniest film I've seen in a long time if ever. I didn't like Paranormal Activity but I don't think that's the reason I hated this as I can enjoy a comedy movie if it's funny.

I had few smirks here and there like when Marlon is humping his stuffed toys but there's nothing at all clever in this comedy and I found myself most of the time with my jaw dropped thinking how bad the movie is. For the record I really loved Scary Movie but this movie is just terrible and I struggled to actually get to the end credits. I notice A Haunted House 2 is coming out so I definitely will be giving that one a miss.
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Format: DVD
'A Haunted House' is another one of those American parody films that aspires to be as funny as 'Scary Movie', but fails miserably. However, at least this 90 minute flick is a damn sight more ending than those awful straight-to-DVD found footage movies that have become a common attraction in supermarkets and such. 'A Haunted House' parodies the genre, and although it feels like one over-long comedy sketch, it does have it's genuinely funny moments.

The film centres around Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins), a young couple who move into their dream home, but soon discover that there is a demon also residing there. For fans of Marlon Wayans (a veteran of the 'Scary Movie'), you'll probably appreciate this comedy, which sees his character who, determined to keep his sex life alight with his girlfriend, turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help. Marlon was good, but he couldn't carry out the entire thing on his own. The other players were mostly okay, but more suited to television productions.

I feel that 'A Haunted House', even at just under 90 minutes, could have been cut down by at least 15 minutes, there were times when I was very tempted to hit fast-forward on my remote, but I managed to watch the entire thing. Although there were some bits of real comedy gold, the whole thing felt a little flat to me. It's a completely bizarre, vulgar, and tongue-in-cheek movie, and it was fully intended to be all of those. This is probably one to watch the once with a group of good mates whilst drunk, and to forget about by the following morning.
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Format: Blu-ray
Indulge me a metaphor. If cinema is sport then most genres, be they action, adventure, thriller, horror or romance, are some variety of the beautiful game: a careful build up from the back, fluid off-the ball movement, the odd languorous long ball into space, snappy interchanges in the middle of the park and clinical execution in the final third.

Comedy spoofs are different. They are more like rugby on a wet day. It's about having a game plan, following it, and after that, tackling. Lots and lots of tackling.

Tackling requires full commitment and perfect timing. Go in half-heartedly and you'll get hurt; make the hit early or late and someone else will, and you'll be heading for an early shower.

In a comedy there's no half-hour grace period in which the back four can elegantly stroke the ball around while scene is set and characters introduced: every man needs to be making good hard tackles from the first whistle. Those first critical collisions must all be on the money, or you'll find yourself 15-0 down with a man in the sin-bin before the first quarter's out.

That said, even as you take your seat and flip through the matchday programme, you fear for A Haunted House. Even in its game plan it has the look of a pup about it: it features one, which meets a grisly end, in its opening sequences. Nor are early reports from the American broadsheets encouraging, though I hardly think they figured heavily when Marlon Wayans contemplated his target demographic. (Nor, should I think, did people like me, for that matter.) But it does seem to go over well-raked ground.
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