"Raunchy Satire of Almost Everything"
A HAUNTED HOUSE is a rapid-fire, scattershot, extremely lewd satire of haunted house movies, particularly the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series. A HAUNTED HOUSE features a hyperactive pagan worldview that also pokes fun at Christianity through the character of a Roman Catholic exorcist who became a priest in prison and who drinks too much, swears sporadically, hides drugs, and leers at women.
The movie stars veteran parodist Marlon Wayans (SCARY MOVIE, WHITE CHICKS, LITTLE MAN) as Malcolm, a young successful black yuppie who invites his girlfriend, Kisha, to live with him. Unknown to Malcolm, Kisha once made a deal with a demon to afford a pair of designer shoes. Now, she’s brought that demonic spirit with her, and it starts to terrorize them and ruin their lives. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm turns to a drunken former priest, a goofy homosexual psychic, and an assorted group of stupid ghostbusters for help.
Since the movie is satirizing other movies that don’t depend on plot or character development, there isn’t much of those qualities in A HAUNTED HOUSE, either. Instead, it’s a non-stop barrage of lowbrow, often extremely raunchy, humor, with an occasional clever joke or scene. As noted in the content section, A HAUNTED HOUSE abounds with sexual and drug-related humor. For example, the homosexual psychic crudely tries to seduce Malcolm. Also, at one point the invisible demon smokes marijuana with Malcolm and Kisha.
A HAUNTED HOUSE uses the occult and ghosts, as well as devices like Ouija boards, for humor. Worst of all is a Roman Catholic exorcist who arrives to help cast out the demon, but is constantly drinking alcohol, leering at the woman and occasionally using obscenities. He also hides drugs in his Bible and a crucifix. Eventually, he snorts his cocaine with another person. Only Cedric the Entertainer’s silly performance mitigates the offensive nature of this content. Of course, everything comes under attack in A HAUNTED HOUSE, so the movie also mocks the occult and the homosexual psychic. Despite all its off-putting sexual and scatological humor, A HAUNTED HOUSE is clearly meant to be just goofy.
That said, A HAUNTED HOUSE is absolutely abhorrent and inappropriate for children and teenagers. Also, the raunchy humor will repel media-wise adults, and the average moviegoer.
(PaPaPa, OOO, HoHo, AbAb, LLL, VV, SSS, NN, AA, DDD, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview mixed with very strong occult references, including a homosexual psychic, though the occult is treated as a joke, plus some strong Anti-Christian content that includes a Roman Catholic exorcist who became a priest in prison swears, drinks too much, leers at women, and hides drugs in his Bible and crucifix and there’s a joke that a child would have been aborted if an abortion clinic had been open on the “right day”; at least 85 obscenities (including about 30 “f” words) and 11 profanities, plus reference to passing gas, man surreptitiously urinates in couple’s house, and a man defecates in ashes urn of girlfriend’s dead father; strong comical violence includes invisible demon drags and throws people around a house, demon possesses woman and she repeatedly slaps a man, woman beaten with a broomstick by mistake, men beat up a possessed woman, possessed woman shows she’s cut crosses into her arms while being possessed, man accidentally shoots woman, woman accidentally runs over boyfriend’s dog; extreme lewd and sexually immoral content includes homosexual psychic repeatedly and crudely tries to seduce man including taking off all his clothes, woman abuses herself with a crucifix like THE EXORCIST, woman wants to have a “Mandingo” orgy with multiple black men and does, housemaid has sex party in employers’ house without them knowing about it, man tells camera in his bedroom he’s about to have “freaky” sex with his live-in girlfriend and proceeds to demonstrate his sexual prowess and proclivities by pretending to have sex with an assortment of stuffed animals, invisible demon invades the couple’s bed after dragging the man to another room and has sex with woman in her sleep with graphic depictions of what’s being done to her as the woman reacts with arousal as well as flipping around into different positions, woman indicates she’d like to be violated again by the demon by telling it she’s wearing no underwear, another scene shows the woman walking out of bedroom, and demon sexually assaults the man with man saying afterwards implies that his rear end is too injured to even sit down, man vigorously scrubs his private parts with soap and gasoline when girlfriend tells him she has herpes, S&M outfit shown; upper female nudity, upper male nudity, rear male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking, priest hides marijuana in Bible, priest hides cocaine in crucifix, couple smokes marijuana with invisible demon and viewers see smoke filling demon’s lungs, black priest snorts some cocaine with white man; and, lying, racism, possessed woman reveals tattoo on her inside lip reading “Suck it,” priest admits he’s dodging paying child support, couple becomes friendly with demonic spirit and ask it to do all sorts of disappearing tricks or to throw them and drag them around the house in the same way it normally would if it was in an evil mood, man became a priest in prison but clearly hasn’t left behind his sinful ways, demonic spirit “wins” in the end and lives on in a jokey manner, spoofing PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies’ endless need for repetitive sequels.
A HAUNTED HOUSE stars veteran parody comic Marlon Wayans. He plays Malcolm, a young successful black yuppie who invites his girlfriend, Kisha, to live with him. Unknown to Malcolm, Kisha once made a deal with a demon to buy a pair of designer shoes. Now, she’s brought that demonic spirit with her, and it starts to terrorize them and ruin their lives. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm turns to a prison priest, a goofy homosexual psychic and an assorted group of stupid ghostbusters for help.
A HAUNTED HOUSE is a scattershot, lewd satire of haunted house movies, particularly the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series. As such, plot and character development are less important. Sadly, it’s a non-stop barrage of lowbrow, often extremely raunchy, humor, with an occasional clever joke or scene. Also, one of the characters is a Christian exorcist who became a priest in prison and who drinks too much, swears, hides drugs, and leers at women. Foul language, drug references, and graphic lewd content abound in A HAUNTED HOUSE. There’s also some explicit nudity. Media-wise viewers will want to avoid A HAUNTED HOUSE.