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.
'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.
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.
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.
"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.
I came across this masterpiece of a comedy by accident and found myself laughing throughout with tears flowing down my face. I'm more of a thriller and horror fan, but this film got me craving for more of the funny kind. Well done to Marlon Wayans and co. Fantastic!!!