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Weekend Movie Preview: 'Gangster Squad' & 'A Haunted House'

January 11th, 2013 10:03am EST | Evan Crean By: Evan Crean

A HAUNTED HOUSE

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Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) find their dream home, but unfortunately discover that a demon already lives there. After Kisha becomes possessed by the spirit, Malcolm is determined to keep his love life going, so he turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of paranormal investigators to help dispel the creature.

Director: Michael Tiddes making his big screen directorial debut

Writers: Marlon Wayans (“Dance Flick,” “Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc’s Street”) and Rick Alvarez (“Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc’s Street”)

Notable Supporting Actors: Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Nick Swardson, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove

ORIGINALITY RATING: LOW. “A Haunted House” is the same horror movie spoof formula as the “Scary Movie” franchise with less Wayans family members and a found-footage camera style meant to specifically mock the “Paranormal Activity” series. Additionally, there’s a similar cast of wacky comedians like Nick Swardson, Cedrick the Entertainer, and J.B. Smoove in zany roles, except the laughs seem even lower-brow than those of the “Scary Movie” films. I thought this genre was burned out a few years ago, but what I can’t believe is that there’s yet another “Scary Movie” coming out later this year. So why exactly do we need two of these types of flicks in the same year? We don’t. If forced to pick between the two, I’d rather watch “Scary Movie 5.” At least that series proved it could make me laugh once upon a time. I stopped watching at some point after 2 though.    

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: People who aren’t bored by horror movie spoofs turned out by the Wayans family. If you think the “Paranormal Activity” films are stupid, and you’re legitimately excited about a comedy that mocks them, then you should watch “A Haunted House.”

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