A Haunted House 2 Sets New Low For Horror Parodies
Can someone please shut Marlon Wayans up? For 80 agonizing minutes, all his character Malcolm is capable of is screaming like some obnoxious banshee. And that might be one of the better offerings from A Haunted House 2.
A Haunted House 2 unnecessarily continues the events of last year’s A Haunted House. Wasting little time, A Haunted House 2 plays with its first parody – The Devil Inside. Malcolm and his cousin Ray-Ray (Affion Crockett) are driving Malcolm’s possessed girlfriend Kisha to the hospital. In a ridiculous fashion, it serves to tie up the loose ends of film one.
A year later, Malcolm begins a brand new life with his wife (Jaime Pressly) and her two kids. But the parodies keep running. Their new house is haunted by your run-of-the-mill demon. But this demon’s not only vengeful against Malcolm and his family, but a massive pervert.
Feel free to shake your head at the idea of a perverted demon. It’s unfortunately true. Parodying The Conjuring, the demon takes the form of the creepy Annabelle doll (now called Abigail). Malcolm’s stupid enough to have sex with the doll, who’s a fair candidate for a Fatal Attraction remake. Inanimate objects haven’t seen this kind of action since the Team America puppets.
Parody films like A Haunted House 2 are notorious for pushing the envelope. But the shock value manifests into the lowest common denominator of entertainment. This execution worked when Scary Movie came out and the genre fresh. Now they’re easy cash grabs here to insult what it’s parodying.
When A Haunted House 2 isn’t trying to be sexually obnoxious, it takes pleasure in being racist and cruel. Director Michael Tiddes and co-writer Wayans have no idea what a PC filter is. Malcolm’s first conversation with his neighbor Gabriel Iglesias turns into 20 stereotypical Mexican jokes.
Making matters worse, Iglesias’ character isn’t even offended by the comment, suggesting the audience shouldn’t either. But you should. How many distasteful jokes about lazy Mexicans, low riders and chihuahuas do we as audiences have to endure? Rinsing and repeating the jokes again and again simply fails.
The extensive animal abuse sends A Haunted House 2 further down the gutter. Dogs are flattened and hacked up with a chainsaw. A chicken chase later in the film is just an excuse to cram in more mean-spirited racism.
A Haunted House 2 is nothing more than a easy paycheck for Marlon Wayans and his buddies. Cedric the Entertainer doesn’t even look like he wanted to return as Father Williams. His intervention during The Conjuring exorcism is completely wasted. It’s seemed like a desperate personal favor at work.
The parody genre as a whole needs to get back on track real fast. If A Haunted House 2 did accomplish anything, it set the genre 15 years back. A Haunted House 3 would undoubtedly be the final nail in the coffin.
GRADE: F (0.5/5)
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Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.