A Haunted House was a surprise hit back in 2013 and considering A Haunted House 2 is upon us barely a quarter into 2014, one has to assume that creator Marlon Wayans had the sequel planned the entire time. That’s one quick turnaround.
But, then again, there probably doesn’t have to be much of a script when you’re dealing with improv pros like Wayans, Affion Crockett, Cedric the Entertainer and new to the series Jaime Pressly and Gabriel Iglesias.
And given that the horror movies that Wayans and his collaborator Rick Alvarez are spoofing proliferate like rabbits, the A Haunted House movies are probably best coming at audiences once a year. It’s almost too easy to make fun of horror hits such as The Conjuring and its ilk. And like he told us in our exclusive Marlon Wayans interview, comedy and horror have similar beats (and similar fan bases). It’s like a match made in heaven.
But this time out, nothing is off limits and if you are even slightly offended by envelope-pushing humor, then A Haunted House 2 is not for you. There is not an ethnic group, sexual orientation, vintage doll collection or animal that they don’t make fun of, kill, or generally put through the cinematic wringer. And be prepared to see a lot of Wayans’ butt as well. Like we said, there is nothing he won’t put out there for a laugh.
Perhaps it’s the grenade theory of filmmaking that if you throw a million things at a wall, something will stick.
A Haunted House 2 knows its audience and fires the laughs at them a mile a minute, if that’s your cup of tea. Our favorite aspect of the film is the sassy silliness of Pressly. She plays Wayans’ new girlfriend and is a fantastic addition to the Wayans world -- and her up for anything comedy styling is certainly matched by the creator of this series.
Iglesias too shines as the neighbor that Wayans has a ball playing with in terms of ethnic stereotypes. Again, if that offends you… stay away. But, the thing is, if you know it’s all in the name of a joke, it’s a little easier to swallow.
The problem with the film, our A Haunted House 2 review can report, is that there is not much there. For all the horror films out there, particularly found footage ones that this series seem to have zeroed in on, the parody seems to be limited to just a few victims. When coming to a horror movie spoof, one would expect the funny to come fast and furious from a wide variety of horror movies that converge into one gumbo of horror and hilarity.
With A Haunted House 2, it is just more like consommé.
Before checking out A Haunted House 2, go back and see how it all started and watch A Haunted House online.