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A Haunted House (2013)



Average Rating: 2.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 11

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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,



Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez

Apr 23, 2013


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

January 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A movie that offends every moral sensibility but delivers few comedic rewards.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Does it even qualify as a movie? Why did it take two people to write and cost $2.5 million to make?

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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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.

January 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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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.

January 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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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.

January 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Neither worthy of my laughter nor capable of inducing sleep. No, this is one of those rare films where its badness turns the cogs of your brain.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

A Haunted House is technically inept, monotonous, and stiflingly cheap-looking. How this cost $2.5 million dollars to produce is beyond me.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Too banal to be offensive, it's certainly one to miss

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The National
The National

Frustratingly, there's actually talent on-screen that hints at what could have been a cleverly comical take on the found-footage genre.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Heck, worse films starring Robert De Niro have been released this year.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Yet another spoof from Wayans and Alvarez, this movie isn't nearly as bad as it could have been (they also produced the resolutely unfunny Scary Movie 2 and Dance Flick).

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source:

There's just an odd recurrence of homophobic humor in the entire movie that compensates for lack of actual humor.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This send up of the Paranormal Activity films provides a few laughs here and there, but for the most part its crude and clichéd script is ridiculously stupid, embarrassingly over the top and occasionally offensive.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

This Haunted House needs a KEEP OUT sign nailed to the door.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Just another in a long line of mercilessly unfunny spoofs.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Clearly what the world needs right now is another low-rent horror movie spoof. And this one's not bad. Sticking to Paranormal Activity for its premise, it actually produces some pretty funny moments.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

A painfully unfunny, overly familiar send-up of recent horror franchises.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

Sporadically misogynistic, homophobic and grade-school puerile in equal measure, it is also not without the occasional laugh-out-loud moment.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen-Space

The moments where you feel the cast are off-script and riffing are fun if not actually funny, but the most horrific thing on offer here is misogyny.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
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May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Somewhere between a spoof on Paranormal Activity and crazy fun, film gathers pace and comedic momentum as it goes. The cumulative effect, especially if enjoyed in a group of relaxed friends, is likely to be hilarity ... black dude jive kinda hilarity

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This is the first film I've seen that depicts rape perpetrated by a bisexual, weed-smoking ghost, and probably the last.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

Truly one of the worst horror spoofs of all time, and there have been some hideous failures over the years. Poorly written, repetitive and offensive on every level without being funny. Wait, I'm just getting started.

April 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

I thought coming down with the flu would be the worst thing to happen to me this week. But that was a few days ago when I was still sweating it out in bed and coughing up my lungs... before my immune system was further compromised by A Haunted House.

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source:

You know a fright-flick craze is in danger of running its course when Marlon Wayans comes along to broadly, belatedly spoof it.

January 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Audience Reviews for A Haunted House

This $*%! ain't paranormal!

Mediocre funny movie! There's not much you can say about this film. This is one of those cases where you either are the audience for this film or you're not. If you're a fan of the first two Scary Movies, have an admiration for the Wayans brothers, and dig the advertisements for this film, you'll walk out of there with some good laughs here and there. If you completely despise these movies, or this type of humor in general, you'll walk out feeling cheated. All in all, it's not as bad as you're led to believe, but it's still pretty flimsy.

Malcolm and Kisha move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm - determined to keep his sex life on track - turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help.
October 25, 2013
Manu Gino

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It is what you should expect.
September 11, 2013

Super Reviewer

Malcolm: You made a deal with the devil for a pair of shoes?

"This $*%! ain't paranormal."

For some reason beyond my control, I have watched a movie that I said I never would. I'm more sick of these ridiculous horror spoofs than anyone, but for some reason, my better judgement is always one upped by my fascination for how bad these things can be. In the end, the only thing that keeps me watching these, is seeing just how terrible they can get. A Haunted House happens to be pretty fucking terrible.

Malcolm's new girlfriend moves into his house and he is going to document their new beginning. When things start happening in the house it is brought to Malcolm's attention that his a demon followed his girlfriend to his house. So basically think Paranormal Activity, but taken to the most ridiculous levels.

The humor is what you'd expect. A lot of race jokes, fart jokes, etc. None of the humor was at all intelligent or in any way funny, but as long as the 10 year olds are laughing, I guess that's all that matters. I don't know how anyone could find any enjoyment in this at all.

A Haunted House is a disgrace and just a terrible movie in general. As far as a recommendation goes, my recommendation would be to stay as far away from this one as possible. Don't see it. Unless of course seeing a sheet move because of a woman's gas puts you into fits of laughter. If not, this one is not for you.
September 2, 2013
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

When this film begins, you think that you are in for something different from what you are used to seeing in new spoof comedies, and you kind of do get that, but with some horrible jokes as well, but once the second Act kicks in, the film follows everything that every single spoof movie does nowadays. It makes dumb turns in it's story and almost follows beat for beat the plot of "Paranormal Activity." Sure it's supposed to spoof the film, but at least make up something new. "A Haunted House" is the type of film that will hold your slightest attention for about 20 minutes and then you will o longer laugh and your mind will begin to wander. This is lowest-common-denominator filmmaking at it's finest, and I hated this film, but it has a few fine chuckles throughout so I will give credit to where credit is due. It tried a little harder than some of the other attempts. Just don't bother.
July 25, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Kisha: There's a ghost in the house!
    2. Malcolm: There's a ghost in your ass.
    – Submitted by Astha S (11 months ago)
    1. Malcolm: Bitch, there's a ghost in the house! Deuces!
    – Submitted by John Tyler M (12 months ago)
    1. Chip the Psychic: I would say watermelon, but that could be racist.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (15 months ago)
    1. Malcolm: Nobody is going to hurt you on my watch. Unless somebody has a gun.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (15 months ago)
    1. Malcolm: Oh my god look at all of this shit.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (15 months ago)
    1. Kisha: Look on the bright side I am allergic to dogs.
    2. Malcolm: Thats what was so great about Shiloh. He was hypoallergenic.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (15 months ago)
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