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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Essence Atkins

Marlon Wayans.
Directors
Michael Tiddes.
Screenwriters
Marlon Wayans
Rick Alvarez.
Running Time
86 minutes

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A Haunted House
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Plot
Young, upwardly mobile couple Malcolm (Wayans) and Kisha (Atkins) move in together. Before long, unexplained events lead them to fear paranormal activity is at work in their new home.


Review
A Haunted House

If any current trend in cinema is ripe for parody, it’s the subgenre of found-footage horror, so Scary Movie veteran Marlon Wayans initially looks to be on the right track with this Paranormal Activity-focussed spoof. When directly lampooning that franchise director Michael Tiddes and writers Wayans and Rick Alvarez construct some decent sight gags, but with few other targets (save for very specific references to The Devil Inside), the humour quickly aims very low indeed. There are scatalogical, fart and crude sex references aplenty, while an ill-judged rape joke highlights the film’s nasty underlying misogynistic/homophobic streak.


Verdict
Dreadful.


Reviewed by Joe Cunningham

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