There have been some good horror comedies over the past few years. However, there has been a shortage of quality spoofs of horror movies. The last one I saw was “Vampires Suck,” and um yea… it sucked. This year audiences will get two big ones, “Scary Movie 5,” and “A Haunted House.” “Scary Movie 5” will hit theaters later this year, so first up is “A Haunted House.”
A young couple, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans), and Kisha (Essence Atkins) are taking their relationship to the next level by moving in together. Not long after settling in, strange things start happening, and they realize their house might be haunted. Eventually Kisha becomes possessed, and Malcolm fights the urge to leave her and instead tries to save her.
Does that sound somewhat familiar? Well, this movie primarily follows the “Paranormal Activity” (PA) storyline. It even takes a few shots at the PA sequels. While Malcolm does film everything, the movie never truly feels like a typical found footage film. There also are security cameras set up around the house, and they go back and watch the footage on a computer. The only camera footage they didn’t take advantage of is Skype used in PA 4, which is a good thing.
So what PA things do they make fun of besides the cameras? Well there are plenty of moments in the notorious bedroom. Actually, the bedroom is where two of funniest moments take place. One is when Malcolm has some free time to himself while Kisha is in the bathroom getting ready for bed. Lets just say it involves Malcolm, some teddy bears, and the bed to himself. The other moment is when Malcolm and Kisha are sitting in bed together, and pull out some weed to smoke. Just as they are getting high as a kite, the ghost decides to join in and take some hits. What follows is simply hilarious. There is also Chip the Psychic (Nick Swardson) who has a crush on Malcolm, and a great scene involving an ouija board.
It isn’t until Kisha becomes possessed late in the film that they really start mocking other horror movies, or shows. The guys that install the security cameras also film a ghost reality show similar to shows like “Ghost Hunters.” Cedric the Entertainer plays Father Williams, obviously making fun of many exorcism movies. Father Williams sits down to have a conversation with a possessed Kisha similar to when they sit down for a conversation with the girl’s mother in “The Devil Inside.” They also take some really quick shots at “The Last Exorcism,” and even “Sinister.” I’m really surprised they fit in a reference to that movie although I knew it was coming because of the “Sinister” poster they make light of.
The acting overall is pretty solid. Everyone has their funny moments. It’s good to see Marlon able to pull off the movie without one of his famous family members by his side. Not that I would have minded seeing any of them in the movie along side him. The only thing that could have been better is the ending. They end the movie like PA ends, which makes sense, but the way they make fun of the ending isn’t as funny an ending as I hoped.
So is “A Haunted House” a quality spoof of horror movies? I definitely believe so. They do a great job of following the “Paranormal Activity” storyline, and making fun of several key moments from PA, and it’s sequels. They are also able to get the audience to laugh at reenactments of scenes from other horror movies like “The Devil Inside,” and “Sinister.” Besides the horror humor, there are plenty of jokes referencing sex, and stereotypes. Each actor does their part in providing hilarious moments. “A Haunted House” made me laugh enough to give it 3 pools of blood.
***There is a bonus scene in the middle of the ending credits***