What a nightmare! “A Haunted House 2” is the kind of film that gives lowbrow comedy a bad name. It’s just like the original, screamingly stupid.
Marlan Wayans tries his best to spoof horror films again, but the joke’s on him. And, on anyone unlucky enough to buy this Blu-ray/DVD combo.
Wayans plays Malcolm Johnson, a guy trying to get on with his life after losing his demon-possessed girlfriend (Essence Atkins) in a car accident. She didn’t die in the accident. He LOST her by running away after the crash.
A few years later, Johnson moves into an upscale home with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two children. Then, (surprise, surprise), it happens again. The house explodes with a variety of spirits and ghouls from recent (and much better) horror films. Even his old girlfriend, Kisha, shows up. The jokes are rapid fire, but unfortunately Wayans is shooting blanks.
First, let me say I love gross-out humor. No prudishness in my corner. But, let’s be clear, the non-stop sex jokes in “A Haunted House 2” are so over-the-top and brutally stupid that it made me sick to my stomach. I really wanted the film to stop.
One sequence that went several minutes had Wayans having kinky sex with a child’s doll. His one-sided sex talk with the toy was something you might hear at a really bad improv session. Afterwards, everyone would decide to go a different direction.
You must have good writing and performance skills to make a sex comedy work. Wayans proves he doesn’t. He’s proven it twice now.
“A Haunted House 2” is one of the worst films of the year. Grade: F
Street Date: August 12, 2014
Formats: Blu-ray combo pack and DVD
Runtime: 87 minutes
Rated: “R” for disgusting
Released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment