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A Haunted House 2 (movie)

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A Haunted House 2: R” (1 Hour: 27 Min)

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Starring: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards, Steele Stebbins

Directed by: Michael Tiddes

Last January, the hugely talented Marlon Wayans gave us his hilarious take on the incredibly idiotic (and badly made) the Paranormal Activity films. As can be expected, it was not only better than the film series he was spoofing, but also better (and funnier) than the fifth Scary Movie (Scary MoVie V) — not so difficult especially when you consider that Wayans was one of the writers on the first four Scary Movies). Well, as can be expected, he has ratcheted up the material this time around, crossing new lines and breaking old barriers with this installment.

This film picks up right where the first film left off with Malcolm (Wayans), after attempting exorcising the demons out of his ex, Kisha (Essence Atkins) — and not quite getting it done — he and Ray Ray (Affion Crockett) are transporting her to the hospital, only they get attacked by the still demonized Kisha, getting into a car accident, and then abandoning her at the scene. Picking up a year later, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend, Megan (Pressly) and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events, with hilarious “spine-tingling” tension and off-the-hook punch-lines.

No kids, this isn’t the achingly bad “serious” horror films that have been foisted upon us over the past few years, this is actually a very funny send-up of all that nonsense which will hopefully drive a stake through the heart of those bad films and bury them for all of eternity. Yeah sure there are over the top moments in this film where Wayans screechingly overacts, but it is all in good fun (especially when he has a series of extended “sex” scenes (both with Megan and with a very creepy wooden doll who not only won’t take “no” for an answer, but simply won’t go away.

Yeah, this is funny stuff, and hopefully Wayans will find enough funny stuff for a threequel.

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Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.

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