A Haunted House 2

A Haunted House 2

Director: Michael Tiddes

Writers: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez

Cast: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer, Gabriel Iglesias, Missi Pyle, Ashley Rickards, Affion Crockett, Steele Stebbins, Rick Overton, Hayes MacArthur, Dave Sheridan, Kurt Carley, Tom Virtue, Kym Whitley

Synopsis: Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.

MPAA Rating: Rated R for crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images

Stevennix2001's Rating:

3.0 / 10

Pros:


- Some of the jokes were funny

- Tells more of a cohesive story than the first one did

Cons:


- Most of the jokes are recycled from the last movie

- A lot of the new jokes are hit or miss

- Racist humor tends to get old after the first act

It'll scare the #2 out of you!

Well, it was inevitable that we'd end up seeing a sequel to this franchise at some point. Whether we like it or not, parodies have become nothing more than watered down films with little to no story; while featuring various cut away sketch comedy jokes in between scenes. Not to mention, we still have various pop culture references in this film, but not as many as the prequel did; which I guess you can argue is a good thing.

The film essentially picks up where the last one left off, as we see Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) ditching his wife after leaving her for dead. Fast forward years later, he's now trying to start a new life with his white girlfriend, Megan (Jaime Pressly), and her two kids, as they move into their dream house together.

Unfortunately, Malcolm is still being plagued by paranormal activities. Like the first movie, Malcolm sets up various cameras around his house to record everything, as the film pokes fun at a lot of found footage movies such "Paranormal Activity 4." In the movie, Megan's son has an imaginary friend named Tony, who makes her kid have tea parties drinking straight vodka, while even saying ethnic slur stereotypes like, "I ain't your slave..b******." Of course, he also likes to dress up like a ballerina at night, while farting in his big sister's face as she sleeps. Wow, that's just weird...

Of course, you also have the stereotypical rebellious teenage daughter that hates Malcolm, but she's portrayed as being something of a slutty bad girl. Oh, she also finds a mysterious box that makes her do weird things too.

And to make this whole thing even weirder, we have that creepy doll from "The Conjuring" being featured in this. But unlike that movie, this doll isn't out to hurt anyone. Nah, she just wants to be with Malcolm. At the beginning of the movie, Malcolm decides to perform various sexual acts with the doll, and she falls madly in love with him to the point that it almost ruins his relationship with Megan. Doing various things like sending naked photos of herself to his cell phone. Plastering their photos together on facebook, and she even writes on his walls saying, "Do you miss me?" Hell, she even keys his car too with that same message.

Plus, we have the return of the gangster fast talking priest played Cedric the Entertainer, and the return of Malcolm's ex wanting to kill him. Indeed, this film not only goes out of it's way to poke fun at the "found footage" films, but it tries to take a shot at other popular horror movies that don't fall into that subgenre of horror.

Sadly, most of the jokes in this movie are hit or miss. You have a variety of racist jokes involving Malcolm and his Hispanic neighbor, but those tend to get a bit old after a while. And even though this movie tries to tell a bit more of a cohesive narrative than the last one, this one just seems to fall flat most of the time. Sure, there were a few times that I found myself chuckling at some of the jokes, but most of it wasn't that funny.

The problem with this movie is that most of the humor they used were done in the previous movie, so you end up with a lot of recycled jokes that quite frankly aren't that funny. And the new jokes they add in to poke fun of other horror flicks like "The Conjuring" and etc, a lot of them are hit or miss. Some of them can be funny like the one involving the doll, while others just seem to be weird, or downright excessive.

But as I said in my review of the last movie, it's hard to really bash a parody because in all honesty they're not meant to be taken seriously. And unlike the parodies of old, none of them even attempt to really tell an original story arc with clever humors poking fun of other popular movies. No, they're simply comedy bits with various cut away sketches that make references to other movies. Although "A Haunted House 2" does tell more of a cohesive narrative, the reality is the movie is boring. The jokes are hit or miss, with a majority of them missing their mark.

I'm sure some people that were fans of the first one will probably like this one, but like most sequels, it's not as good as the first.

© 2014 Steven Escareno

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