Young couple Malcolm and Kisha who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they're not alone. But ...
Rating: R for crude and sexual content, language and some drug use
Length: 80 minutes
Released: January 11, 2013 Nationwide
Cast: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric The Entertainer, Nick Swardson
Director: Michel Tiddes
Writer: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
As "Zero Dark Thirty" sparks debate over waterboarding, we're left to wonder if there might be some other way to obtain information from enemy non-combatants.
I'd suggest forcing them to watch "A Haunted House," the new Marlon Wayans movie and alleged comedy, a parody of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. A parody that is, in its own way, more horrifying than the real thing.
"House" stars Wayans as Malcolm, a single man about to invite his girlfriend (Essence Atkins) to move in with him. For about two minutes, it looks like Wayans might be on to something - looking for humor in the idea of a significant other invading your house and upending your life like some kind of poltergeist.
Wayans ditches all that for routine "Scary Movie" lowjinks, and in the process sets a modern non-Sandler record for flatulence jokes. Also offered - a racist home security salesman (David Koechner), neighbors (Alana Ubach, Andrew Daly) who want to swing, a disgruntled Latina maid and an invisible ghost whose tactics include sexual assault. Nick Swardson plays a gay man with an intense interest in Malcolm.
It is all nearly laugh-free, although Cedric the Entertainer has 30 or 40 funny seconds as a cut-rate exorcist.
Not enough, though, to save "A Haunted House" from being an early contender for next year's Golden Raspberry.
Could it have a second life as an alternative to water-boarding?
I doubt the Geneva Convention would allow it.
A HAUNTED HOUSE
Cast: David Koechner; Essence Atkins; Cedric The Entertainer; Nick Swardson; Affion Crocket; Marlon Wayans
Directed by: Michel Tiddes
MPAA rating: R for crude and sexual content, language and some drug use Running time:
Running time: 1:20