A Haunted House 2

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Dumb, unfunny, offensive horror spoof sequel.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written byA Caring Mother April 15, 2019
Adult Written byBack flips October 1, 2018

Inappropriate

I don’t think anyone should watch it because it’s very inappropriate with sexual activity and language issues
Teen, 13 years old Written byCoolac July 30, 2019
It's hilarious. You just need to have an open mind and not take things to seriously. Definitely not for kids.
Teen, 14 years old Written byYaseenP07 July 10, 2016

Just don't go with your parents

Really dumb and has a lazy script. The somewhat enjoyable part is the Conjuring spoof

It failed

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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