Directed by Michael Tiddes
Starring Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer, David Koechner, Nick Swardson
In 2000, I saw Scary Movie in the theatre and thought it was the most hilarious thing I'd ever seen. I laughed so hard tears were streaming down my face. I was almost and quite literally rolling in the aisles.
I was 17.
Until I sat down to review A Haunted House, which releases on DVD and Blu-ray today, I hadn't seen a Wayans horror spoof since Scary Movie 2. I wasn't sure what to expect after all this time. Is this stuff still funny? Comedy, like horror, is subjective, but I can confidently say that movies like A Haunted House aren't the movies for me anymore. I've apparently outgrown that point in my life where a scene with a ghost smoking weed would make me pee my pants laughing.
|Fun Fact: The script for A Haunted House was dictated letter-by-letter through a Witch Board|
|Essence Atkins and Marlon Wayans during a private moment|
|Everyone's a critic. Even the ghost wanted to get Wayans off screen.|
A Haunted House certainly didn't appeal to me. I'd like to think that even my 17-year-old self would know better and be able to recognize that A Haunted House does nothing that funny or interesting with its premise. But there's some young kid out there this movie is going to entertain. If the thought of watching Marlon Wayans simulate sex with a stuffed animal is already making you giggle, then A Haunted House is right up your alley.