a haunted houseAt one time, there was no one in the world that didn’t enjoy a good spoof film with the likes of Airplane!, Naked Gun, Top Secret, and even Spaceballs as some of the choices that were available to you to watch at the time. Then there came a time when I felt that there was just too many of them on the market that were just not that funny. Marlon Wayans who wrote and stars in today’s Cheeseball Cinema film A Haunted House wrote the last great spoof film in Scary Movie 1 and 2. Marlon stepped up his game with A Haunted House which is about a guy name Malcolm (Wayans) who is about to have some big changes in his life. He is allowing his girlfriend Keisha (Essence Atkins) move into his house so that they can go tot he next level in their relationship. The only thing Malcolm doesn’t realize is that Keisha is bringing some baggage with her and its in the form of a demon (ghost) in this film that spoofs Paranormal Activity. The film also stars Nick Swardson (Grandma’s Boy) as Chip The Psychic, Marlene Forte (Star Trek) as Rosa the housekeeper, David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) as Dan the security man, Dave Sheridan (Horrible Bosses) as Bob, Cedric The Entertainer (Ice Age) as Father Williams, J.B. Smoove (The Sitter) as Keisha’s step dad, and the film was directed by Michael Tiddes (A Haunted House 2).

haunted house 2I wasn’t expecting much from this film to be honest with you going into it, but as I really started to watch it I was surprised that it took me this long just to watch it. Marlon Wayans corrected the universe as far as spoof films were concerned because Scary Movie 5 was atrocious and that came out around the same time as this one. I loved the fact that Swardson, Koechner, Cedric The Entertainer, and Wayans were all in the same film together because they were a great combination.  Much like The Interview, there were a lot of gay jokes which can be overused and abused at times, but for some reason when it comes from Swardson it can be funny. They basically followed the outline of Paranormal Activity with the constant filming and I have to say that this may be the first found footage spoof that I have ever seen. The movie for the most part was pretty legit as the acting was amazing and if you’re into the T&A aspect of these posts, there is only one quick scene in the film. I do want to say that you have no idea  how many times I waited to see something from Alanna Ubach (Waiting) who looked absolutely sexy in this film and there was one time that I thought we were going to, but we were denied. On a scale from 1 being close to an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film a 1.5 for a final grade.

Liana Mendoza, Jamie Noel



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