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A Haunted House

A Haunted House
Starring:
Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkings, Cedric The Entertainer, Nick Swardson and Andrew Daly


Rated: R for crude and sexual content, language and some drug use.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: January 11, 2013 Released by: Open Road Films

Single homeowner (Malcolm) Marlon Wayans decides it's time for his two year girlfriend (Kisha), Essence Atkins to finally move in with him. A couple of days pass when strange things begin occurring in the house. Malcolm is not sure if he has made the right decision… Questioning everything. He begins filming their home and surroundings with his new video surveillance system, thinking it may be haunted. He soon discovers that Kisha has unknowingly brought along a ghostly presence.

At this point, we realize this is going to be another Wayans' spoof in the Scary Movie vein… Not that it's a totally bad thing. There are a lot of insane moments and crazed humor in this film, taking much of its essence from Paranormal Activity, and The Exorcist. By expanding on, and reversing the basic scare fare locales in white suburbia. Wayans and crew, do squeeze out some additional laughter. Many of the visuals are just so plain dumb and far-fetched that it's difficult not to laugh.
 
A supporting cast of Cedric The Entertainer as (Father Williams) the 'Exorcist,' and (Chip the Psychic), Nick Swardson, and Andrew Daly as (Steve) add some extra punch. Wayans has made every effort to get as many laughs as possible out of an 86 minute movie.The biggest overbearing flaw was the hand–held camera found footage documentary effects. At times it was just blurry and incoherent for no reason.
 
Was A Haunted House trying to be a humorous version of The Blair Witch Project ? In living color, instead of black and white. When the film ended, I wasn't sure if my stomach ached from laughter, or simple nausea.

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