A Haunted House

2013

A Haunted House

Critics Consensus

A Haunted House seeks to offend every sensibility, but it's greatest sin: not being funny!

10%

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Total Count: 52

51%

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User Ratings: 91,726
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In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other "found footage" movies, A HAUNTED HOUSE features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they're not alone. But it's not the house that's haunted, it's Malcolm's girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship... or, more importantly, his sex life. (c) Open Road Films

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Critic Reviews for A Haunted House

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (13)

  • Along comes Marlon Wayans to do in A Haunted House what he once did in Scary Movie. And do it much, much worse.

    Jan 25, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A movie that offends every moral sensibility but delivers few comedic rewards.

    Jan 24, 2013 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Does it even qualify as a movie? Why did it take two people to write and cost $2.5 million to make?

    Jan 15, 2013 | Full Review…
  • You might chuckle at Wayans huddled in the tub, frantically trying to scrub himself clean of something slightly more earthly-freaky than evil spirits. But watching him get it on with stuffed animals? Ick.

    Jan 13, 2013 | Rating: 1/4

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • There are vague hints that the story is "really" about the difficulties and anxiety of commitment, but then one of many variations on a fart joke distracts from any actual idea.

    Jan 13, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If the opening gag in your R-rated movie is an extended flatulence joke you should reconsider whether you're qualified to make such a movie.

    Jan 11, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Haunted House

  • Feb 13, 2014
    Ah whatever, I dug "A Haunted House" which had me chuckling a fair bit throughout the movie. Sue me.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2013
    A film so monotonous, so lazy, so underwhelming that it is only mildly tolerable because of its 'all-star' supporting cast, which consists of the likes of Nick Swardson, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Andrew Daly and David Koechner. (Heavy sarcasm implied, hence the quotation marks.) Don't watch it with people you hold in high esteem unless those said people have an appreciation for fart/gay/masturbation jokes and (probably) inflicting both mental and physical pain upon themselves. I mean, seriously, just how bad must one film be in order for an appearance from Nick Swardson to be considered a redeeming quality?
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2013
    A Haunted House to my surprise is one of the better horror spoofs I've seen since the first Scary Movie, and unless you have no sense of humor and a stick up your ass, then you'll probably find some humor in this film. I'm a pretty big fan of the Wayans brothers works and maybe that's why I'm one of the very few that actually had a fun time with this raunchy spoof and I think that there are far more worse films out there than this one. A Haunted House may not be a very clever spoof but most of the jokes were pretty hilarious if you like Reno 911! type of off the wall humor. It's a prime example that just because a movie has horrible reviews from just about every critic out there, doesn't necessarily mean that you won't enjoy it, because in the end that's all that matters. Bring on the sequel, because I could care less about the haters opinions. Marlon Wayans has made some pretty downright horrible films in the past like Dance Flick, Norbit, Dungeons and Dragons, and Marmaduke. This film though is one of his better comedic efforts at pure spoofing and his main and clear target is the Paranormal Activity series and he mostly gets the job done. He is an unapologetic and fearless comedic actor, who is willing to do anything for a laugh and I'm surprise that he hasn't hosted Saturday Night Live yet. Essence Atkins has great comedic timing and has great chemistry with Marlon Wayons and she makes a great comedic duo with him. The rest of the cast brought their game as well and were hilarious, including David Koechner as Dan the security man, Dave Sheridan as Bob his assistant, Nick Swardson as Chip the gay Psychic and Cedric the Entertainer as Father Williams, the list goes on. Director, Michael Tiddes makes his major film debut with A Haunted House, and though it's nowhere near an impressive one, it's not a horrible one either. He could of made more daring turns, but for a first time spoof he definitely picked the right guy to team up with. The writing, though far from clever, was consistently funny for the majority of the film and got the job done of making me laugh, thanks to writing team Marlon Wayons and Rick Alvarez. Overall, it was obvious that the filmmakers weren't going for a solid film, but they all seem to be having a blast spoofing the Paranormal Activity films and for that alone got the job done. Sure spoofs are getting old and should of been obsolete, but A Haunted House made me find the guilty pleasure in them all over again. For a film with so many bad reviews, I surprisingly had a pretty hysterical time watching A Haunted House and might actually watch its sequel in theaters.
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2013
    It is what you should expect.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer

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