A Haunted House 2

 
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Dumb, unfunny, offensive horror spoof sequel.
  • Review Date: April 18, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No one learns anything or tries to convey a positive take-away. The movie includes constant sex talk/jokes, jokes about racism, cultural stereotypes, farting noises, and scenes of pooping and peeing. A young boy is present for some of this. There's a joke about priests and little boys. Two "ghost hunters" terrorize a class full of children.

Positive role models

The main character spends most of the movie shrieking and screaming, and no one is remotely even likeable, much less admirable.

Violence

Two dogs are killed, obviously fake; one is flattened, and the other is hacked to death with various instruments (fake blood is shown). Some of the "home movies" from Sinister are spoofed, with a demon trying to kill a family. The main character has a long battle with a fighting rooster, with lots of blood shown. Cops are shown beating the main character briefly. A priest stabs another priest. There's a joke about several black men raping a white man in jail. A woman is shown with her head twisted around, and another woman is impaled, with blood shown. A character "throws up" a demon, with red stuff gushing out of his mouth.

Sex

The main character has a long, drawn-out sex scene with a doll. Though the scene is not "real," and no nudity is shown (aside from the man's naked bottom), it's fairly graphic and runs the gamut of sexual positions and experiences. Viewers see "naked" pictures of the doll, including fake nipples, and bondage shots. The main character also has a sex scene with his girlfriend; again, there's no nudity shown, but there are very strong sexual references (such as the woman's "squirting" orgasm). Two women are shown topless on two occasions. A man admires his girlfriend's (clothed) bottom while she's bent over. A sex toy is shown. A fake penis is shown in the back of a young woman's throat. Plus almost constant sex talk and sexual innuendo.

Language

Language is nearly constant, with uses of the "N" word, "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "a--hole," "vagina," "balls," "loser," and "goddamn," as well as constant sexual innuendo.

Consumerism

Febreze is mentioned in a joke about cleaning carpets after a gory episode.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A character is shown drinking whisky in response to watching scary home movies. In one scene, he drinks the entire bottle, smokes some pot, takes a mouthful of pills, and shoots heroin before passing out and waking up in a puddle of vomit. In other scenes, a priest snorts cocaine, and most of the cast smokes pot. A child has a tea party with vodka served, though only a grown-up drinks it on screen. A professor is shown running a meth lab.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Haunted House 2 is the sequel to the Marlon Wayans' horror-spoof A Haunted House. It has nonstop sexual content, including tons of crude innuendo and some nudity (female breasts and a male bottom). There are also jokes about racism and bodily functions and even a brief joke about priests and little boys. Language is very strong, with constant use of the "N" word, "f--k," and "s--t." Some horror movie imagery is shown, with blood, fighting, dead bodies, and (fake) dead animals. Drinking and drugs are also an issue, with overt, jokey scenes of smoking pot, drinking, snorting cocaine, shooting heroin, taking pills, and making meth. A young boy is present during some of these scenes. The first movie made an attempt to focus on characters and relationships, but this sequel drops all that in favor of bad jokes and bad attempts at parody. And even though it's all played for humor, there's no escaping the fact that this movie is bursting with inappropriate content.

What's the story?

Following the events of A Haunted House, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) leaves his possessed girlfriend, Kisha, presuming her dead after a car crash. A year later, he moves in with his new girlfriend, Megan (Jaime Pressly), and her two kids. Her teen daughter becomes obsessed with an old box found in the basement, while the younger boy begins talking to an imaginary friend. A creepy doll starts occupying Malcolm's thoughts, as does a box of old films upstairs, which reveal a demon trying to kill the house's previous occupants. Now it seems a demon is on the loose again, and so ghost hunters Noreen (Missi Pyle) and Ned (Hayes MacArthur), as well as Father Williams (Cedric the Entertainer), are called in. Will Malcolm make it to another sequel?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While A Haunted House made a cursory attempt to get away from the pure spoofing of the Scary Movie series and concentrate more on characters, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 simply abandons this idea. Instead, we're back to constant sex jokes, jokes about bodily functions and excrement, jokes about race, and a few other tasteless gags. The movie attempts to spoof recent hits The Conjuring, Insidious, Paranormal Activity 4, The Possession, and Sinister but mainly just copies certain scenes and adds in big, dumb doses of slapstick.

The last movie acknowledged the relationship between the couple as they learned to live together, and then Cedric the Entertainer came in and juiced up the third act with some improvised lines. Now Malcolm has quickly jumped into a new relationship, which isn't explored (except to make several "interracial" references), and Cedric's new scenes are far less fresh and not very funny. Mostly, the movie is seriously dumb and just a little depressing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of horror spoofs. Are they better than a straight horror film? How does the movie use images similar to those in horror movies but make them less scary?

  • How does A Haunted House 2 use stereotypes? Does it address them thoughtfully, or does it use stereotypes for laughs? Is that OK?

  • How is sex used in the movie? What's the intended effect? Does the movie ever discuss sex in a mature way?

  • How are drinking and drugs used in the movie? Are there any realistic consequences for substance use? What message does that send?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 18, 2014
DVD release date:August 12, 2014
Cast:Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer
Director:Michael Tiddes
Studio:Open Road Films
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:87 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images

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Parent Written byDan G. May 1, 2014
 

Exposing your children to this movie should be consider child abuse

Bordering on pornography, this movie depicts explicit deviant sexual acts, female and male nudity, crude and disrespectful sexual language, constant vulgar and profane language, racially inflammatory language, and has a constant sacraligous message. If you want to raise your children as foul mouthed, drug addicted, sexually perverted, God-hating racists, then by all means, let them see this movie. However, if you love them, keep this movie far, far out of their reach.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bysalagol May 1, 2014
 

stupid, not funny, and realy disturbing

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written bymegastaraxe May 5, 2014
 

Marlon Wayans outrages comedy is not for teens

(before I start this review and people say stuff like 4 STARS ARE YOU DUMB THIS MOVIE IS A DISASTER, people hate this movie because of the dumb script but its Marlon Wayans, the great mind behind scary movie) (i rate the category out of 1 to 10, 1 being extremely rare and 10 being nonstop vulgar and over-the-top) Sex 10/10 constant sex references, a squirting orgasm is shown but it is obvious that a hose is being used, Malcolm has a sex scene with the doll from the conjuring, the scene takes about 2 minutes and many sex scenes are shown (69, reverse cowgirl, anal, missionary, etc) it is very hard to watch a married couple talks about sex in front of a class of young children, a prison rape is implied, the demon from sinister mimics oral sex, breasts and bare male bottoms are seen more than once, Malcolm has a flash back where him and his demonic wife from the first movie not very graphic though, a young boy reads her sisters diary and it takes about anal and oral sex and having sex with 20 guys, a dildo is found in a girls room, a penis comes out of a girls throat then goes back down (it is clearly visible and shown for 3 seconds) the conjuring doll is seen in a bondage and fake breasts are shown on the doll, it is referenced that a teen girl makes out with an entire sports team, a priest says he became one for the little boys then says it was a joke. Violence 6/10 mild fist fights there is a fight between Malcolm and a chicken that might be considered graphic 2 dogs are killed through out the movie all other violence is slapstick Malcolm says that her daughter has a Nagy b---h attitude and says that in the hood she would get slapped for that a boys imaginary friend trips him and the boy says i don't like the tripping game tony a father of the church shanks a minister Profanity 9/10 The N (used 30+ times) and F (used 100+ times) word are favorite words other graphic words are used (every word from A$$ to n!gger is used multiple times) halfway threw the movie a little boy starts swearing quite a lot (saying words like p-ssy, f--k and b---h) drug and alcohol use 8/10 it is implied that a young boy is drinking vodka Malcolm makes fun of the persons drinking problem from sinister and to reenact this scene Malcolm drinks a bottle of whisky, takes ecstasy pills, smokes from a bong and (I'm not totally sure he does this one though) does cocaine, before an exorcism the participants take some sort of drug from a bong attached to a gas mask, joints are seen threw out the movie, a meth lab is shown, a man snorts cocaine off of a woman's breasts. Disturbing, offensive and intense scenes 5/10 there is lots of racism in this movie towards African Americans, Mexicans and more, the sex scene(s) between Malcolm and the doll can be very disturbing and hard to watch, also the one with his wife, the scenes with Malcolms demon wife can be disturbing. EXPLICIT RATING: 43/50 this is a very explicit movie with over the top drug, sex and profanity use this movie is not recommend for anyone under 17
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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