Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Haunted House 2 Review

    I have to admit that I'm a fan of the first A Haunted House. I love parody movies and I think the Wayne's brothers put on a good show when making fun of the movies that can be considered "Horror" these days. The first movie hit about two years ago and it became a hit so much like Scary Movie, a sequel was a given but this time, the buck stopped short. There were several problems with this movie that just destroyed what was special about the last one. In the wide range of sequels I've seen over the years, this one is by far the worst I've seen in a very long time. 
    One thing that made the first movie special was the original jokes that were used and the spontaneous moments and cameos. In this film, the jokes were the same old ones but just molded for the movie and over used way too much to probably add film time. The jokes also had a wide range of racial humor that again was extended and used time and time again. This made the movie more boring than funny because of the failure to stop after already making a joke.  
     The only good and original element in this movie is the involvement of fellow stand up comedian, Gabriel Iglesias. He brings his own style of comedy to the movie that keeps it fresh and the patron in their seat but unfortunately, it's only for a brief time. Following a similar pattern in the first movie, the main character Malcolm, moves into a home with a new family. Shortly after that, paranormal activities start to happen again and Malcolm begins to look for help. One thing leads to another and the ending is similar to the ending of the first movie but there is an unexpected twist in the ending I'll add. 
    Overall, this movie deserves a 5 out of 10 because while this movie is funny, the moments are short and unsweetened. With a running time of only 85 minutes, this sequel falls very short of it's predecessor but since this one made money, I'm sure there will be another one coming. When it comes to sequels, there's always going to be one or more bad ones and that's a give in. When ever the next one is made, it shouldn't have a problem outdoing this movie because it wasn't worth the friday night price I paid for it. I wouldn't have even paid for the matinee price. 

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