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A HAUNTED HOUSE

SYNOPSIS:
Malcolm (Marlon Waylans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm - determined to keep his sex life on track - turns to a priest (Cedric the Entertainer), a psychic (Nick Swardson), and ghost-busting brothers, Ghost Guys (David Koechner, Dave Sheridan) for help.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Somewhere between a spoof on Paranormal Activity and crazy fun, A Haunted House gathers pace and comedic momentum as it goes. The cumulative effect, especially if enjoyed in a group of relaxed friends, is likely to be hilarity ... black dude jive kinda hilarity, the kind where Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) can instruct his 'nigger ass' to run when afraid, and not do what white people do...

The irreverent and the profane join forces with the crass; lovely Kisha (Essance Atkins) farts the sheets off, and Malcolm takes a dump on the floor above the spilt ashes of her father. All this within days of moving into their first home together. Nice.

Using the 'found footage' device and the Paranormal Activity scenario (and the occasional iconic moment borrowed from The Exorcist), the filmmakers stitch together a series of skits, sitcom style, to repeat the script's basic premise with variations. The house is haunted, Malcolm doesn't believe it at first, and the strange happenings may or may not be paranormal ... which gives Nick Swardson a chance to deliver a beautifully deadpan characterisation of a gay Chip the Psychic, one of the film's highlights.

Another is David Koechner's security contractor who is broken up at his wife's infidelities, exposed on his own security camera, while Cedric the Entertainer is hilarious as the exorcising priest reluctant to approach the possessed Kisha.

But then all the supports are great, from Marlene Forte as the two-faced Spanish housemaid Rosa, and the oversexed couple of Steve (Andrew Daly) and Jenny (Alanna Ubach).

The extended sequence where everyone unites to try and exorcise the demon inside Kisha succeeds by sheer comedic excess. Best enjoyed if you let the film's funky demons possess you ...and you don't hafta be a niggah, bro'.



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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

A HAUNTED HOUSE (MA15+)
(US, 2013)

CAST: Marlon Wayans, Marlene Forte, Essence Atkins, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Nick Swardson, Alanna Ubach, Andrew Daly, Cedric the Entertainer

PRODUCER: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez

DIRECTOR: Michael Tiddes

SCRIPT: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steve Gainer

EDITOR: Suzanne Hines

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Fred Andrews

RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Transmission

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 30, 2013







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