‘Haunted House 2’ is too much of bad thing

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)April 18, 2014 

Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap, you will find the fright film spoof “A Haunted House 2,” a scattershot, anything-goes affair that’s unapologetically stupid. Proudly stupid. Aggressively stupid.

The film is writer/star Marlon Wayans’ take on suburban ghost stories. Putting himself at the center of that usually lily-white genre gives him a target-rich environment for broad, politically incorrect satire.

The film parodies a lot of movies that deserve it (its basic framework comes from the “Paranormal Activity” series, the doll from “The Conjuring”) and one or two that deserve better (the sublimely scary “Sinister” gets a thorough drubbing, turning its occult killer into an accident-prone klutz). The script is lazy, recycling countless genre cliches rather than inventing novel twists.

But “A Haunted House 2” improves on the first entry in the series a little. That film had a long, gratuitous shot of Nick Swardson’s bare rump, a horror that the sequel spares us.

A HAUNTED HOUSE 2

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Cast: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Cedric the Entertainer

Director: Michael Tiddes

Running time: 1:27

Rated: R; crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images.

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