A Haunted House Review

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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. 

In the past decade, parody and ‘spoof’ films have become almost a habbit after a successful horror film hits the big screen. A HAUNTED HOUSE is the newest parody film to be released in Australia, can you guess what film it’s mocking from the title?

The films narrative is based around the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY films and it is filmed all in the one location – impressed! There isn’t a great deal of extras, but the actors cast were chosen perfectly. The budget for the film was approximately $2 million and Wayans had certainly made a decent film with that amount. In fact, I’m very impressed with the film after learning the overall budget.

A HAUNTED HOUSE is degrading and it’s jokes are based around sex. The majority of the film would be frowned upon if the wrong audience were in the cinema. However, just because the humour is untasteful, doesn’t mean there was no though and creativity behind it. The film has obviously been written by Wayans – who co-wrote the first of the SCARY MOVIE films. It also received an MA15+ rating, which may lose some box office dollars with the younger kids not able to watch the film without parent supervision, trust me, this is no child/parent bonding film.

The fact that the film goes ‘all out’ with its jokes and has literally no boundaries has done the film some justice. If Marlon Wayans stuck with an M rating, the film would have gained more at the box office, but lost its outrageous and derogatory comedic factor. Yes the film is funny, but not one for the first date, or second, or fifth for that matter unless you’re open about sex and degrading humour.

Some of the films scenes feel like it’s revisiting SCARY MOVIE 2, in which, Marlon Wayans was a part of. There is one scene which is almost the same apart from a few minor details and the characters, of course. Ghosts getting high and general drug induced jokes has almost become generic with these parodies.

A HAUNTED HOUSE runs for a short 86 minutes and is rated MA15+. I rate the film 5 out of 10 stars, but that doesn’t mean to say I’m not a fan of Wayans work.

Stacey's favourite films include: Titanic (1997), Cast Away (2000), Moulin Rouge (2001), The Notebook (2004), Kill Bill vol.1 and 2 (2003, 2004), Ruby Sparks (2012) and the list goes on.