A Haunted House 2 Ending, Explained
Marlon Wayans returns with his signature brand of humor in ‘A Haunted House 2,’ which fans of his hugely popular cultish horror spoof ‘ Scary Movie ‘ can’t get enough of. The unapologetic comedian once again goes through an extensive array of references and sexual innuendos that will have you either slapping your knee in laughter or shaking your head with mixed feelings .
In the franchise’s second iteration, Malcolm moves into a new house with his new girlfriend and her kids. After a heavy safe falls on his beloved dog, turning it into a “pancake,” things get steadily worse for Malcolm. Soon enough, people are getting possessed, and Malcolm himself is stalked by a psychopathic ex-lover who happens to be a haunted doll, to say nothing of his other ex-lover who, though human, is also haunted. Subtlety isn’t one of this movie’s strengths, and for good reason. But let’s dig into it anyway and see if we missed any raunchy, comedic crumbs in all the paranormal chaos of ‘A Haunted House 2’. SPOILERS AHEAD.
A Haunted House 2 Plot Synopsis
‘A Haunted House 2’ opens with Malcolm and his friend Ray Ray speeding to the hospital in a car with Malcolm’s possessed girlfriend, Kisha, in the backseat. However, when things get a little hairy, the two abandon the car with the possessed girl and run away. We are then taken forward 1 year to when Malcolm is moving into a new house with his new girlfriend Megan and her 2 children Becky and Wyatt. Things begin to get “scary” immediately, with Malcolm’s dog getting mysteriously squashed by a heavy safe.
Soon enough, Wyatt has made friends with the surprisingly urban, invisible spirit Tony who hates Malcolm’s guts, and Becky gets obsessed with a dark box that she carries around everywhere. Malcolm himself spends a steamy afternoon making love to a haunted doll, who then refuses to leave him alone and begins to stalk him like a jealous ex-lover. Amidst all this chaos, the film’s hysterical protagonist remains the only one scared by all the paranormal activity going on.
When Malcolm’s paranormal advisor and part-time meth-dealer is unable to help him, he approaches ghost experts Noreen and Ned, an argumentative and unflattering version of the protagonist couple from ‘ The Conjuring .’ Between their bumbling attempts at performing an exorcism and Malcolm’s Mexican neighbor helpfully helping him perform a blood ceremony that turns into an extended battle with a surprisingly well-trained chicken, the house is finally rid of spirits. Or so it seems.
A Haunted House 2 Ending: Will Malcolm Die?
As Malcolm and Megan settle into their couch, finally rid of the ghosts tormenting them, Malcolm’s haunted ex-girlfriend Kisha appears behind them. She snaps Megan’s neck, and Malcolm is seen running away in horror. We then see his friend Ray Ray cautiously enter the house and find Malcolm in the basement with a sheet over him, pretending to be dead. As he hysterically begins to explain to Ray Ray and his gang what happened, we see Kisha’s haunted, white-dressed figure in the background behind him.
And so closes ‘A Haunted House 2,’ ending another chapter in the raunchy, unapologetic horror parody movie franchise. Malcolm is last seen screaming, with Kisha’s ghost descending the stairs behind him. Despite his friend Ray Ray coming to rescue him, it looks like Malcolm’s vengeful haunted ex-girlfriend will finally have her revenge. There is, however, hope for the goofy protagonist. As tormented as Malcolm is by all the sadistic spirits around him, he prefers to deal with them like he would with normal people. Throwing punches, playing peek-a-boo, and even making passionate love is how he has dealt with the spirits he has encountered so far.
In keeping with his proclivities, Malcolm could very well end up wooing Kisha and getting back with his possessed ex-partner. After all, it looks like his new girlfriend Megan is very much dead, making Malcolm available again. The comedic casanova also has a new penchant for demonically possessed lovers, which would make getting together with Kisha the most “logical” course of action. Barring that, there are myriad other ways in which Malcolm can save himself, including getting possessed, which he is briefly seen doing earlier. Suffice it to say, he survives. After all, he did compare himself to a cockroach.
The same cannot be said for Malcolm’s girlfriend’s family. From what Ray Ray sees when he comes to rescue his friend, Megan’s daughter Becky is decidedly dead on her bed, most likely killed by Kisha. The young boy, Wyatt, is nowhere to be seen, explaining why Ray Ray tells Malcolm that Wyatt is on a milk carton (where adverts for missing people were sometimes placed).
What Happens to Abigail?
The last we see of Abigail, she is getting a passionate goodbye kiss from Malcolm as she’s being taken away by Ned. Malcolm also shares some intimate tips with the paranormal expert, who seems quite interested in a threesome involving the haunted doll. Though we don’t see Abigail after that, Malcolm likely will. Despite all the ominous spirits around, Malcolm’s biggest tormentor is the jealous doll, Abigail. Every time he tries to dispose of her, she comes back.
The doll, more than an evil spirit, resembles a psychotic, jilted lover who ends up setting fire to Malcolm’s clothes and then calling the cops on him. Malcolm is also constantly torn between his inexplicable attraction to the doll and trying to get away from it. Hence, it is quite likely that Abigail will not give up so easily and will fight to get her man back. It remains to be seen whether Abigail the haunted doll and Kisha, Malcolm’s possessed girlfriend, have an epic demonic battle for his affection.
Which Popular Horror Films are Spoofed?
‘A Haunted House 2’ continues the largely successful formula of parodying popular horror films. The found footage genre films, like ‘ Paranormal Activity ,’ are largely parodied through Malcolm’s obsession with cameras and the nightly recording of every room in the house. The horror film ‘ Insidious ‘ is also poked fun at, with the séance scene of the horror film turning into a marijuana smoking circle that helps get Malcolm into “The Further.”
The distinct characteristics and appearance of the protagonists from ‘ The Conjuring ‘ make for rich parody material as the famous paranormal expert couple are portrayed as a bickering and petty pair with relationship issues. ‘The Possession’ and ‘Sinister’ are also spoofed briefly in the movie, as is ‘ Annabelle .’ Of course, much of the film’s humor, as well as its wildly enthusiastic delivery, can be attributed to the talents of Marlon Wayans.
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'a haunted house 2' review, moviegoers who enjoyed the first haunted house as pure guilty pleasure viewing may get additional mileage out of the sequel..
A Haunted House 2 catches up with Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) from the first movie; after the demonically-possessed Kisha seemingly dies in a car accident, Malcolm decides to leave his paranormal activity-plagued past behind him and never speak of it again. Cut to a year later, he and his new significant other, Megan (Jaime Pressly) - along with Megan's children Becky (Ashely Rickards) and Wyatt (Steele Stebbins) - are living together and moving into their dream house.
However, strange things start happening around Malcolm once more - be it Megan developing an obsession with a mysterious box that she found, Wyatt hanging out with a mysterious imaginary friend, or Malcolm discovering a collection of bizarre video footage in his new home's attic. Malcolm soon reaches out to others for help - like his old pal Father Williams (Cedric the Entertainer) - in the hope of solving his supernatural problems once and for all.
What sets the first A Haunted House apart from the most recent installments in the Scary Movie franchise (the spoof comedy series that Wayans and his brothers Shawn and Keenan Ivory co-established) is that the former actually has a structure and attempts to parody recent trends in the horror genre, rather than merely string together non-sequitur pop-culture riffs and raunchy jokes (a la Scary Movie 5 ). A Haunted House 2 - which, like its predecessor, was directed by Michael Tiddes from a screenplay co-written by Wayans and Rick Alvarez - partly keeps that practice alive, but is mostly just a sloppy rehash, which is really saying something in this case.
A Haunted House 2 , like the first movie, imitates the visual tendencies and aesthetics of the found-footage horror sub-genre, but here there's less mocking of the cheap style and logic gaps in the technical construction of films like Paranormal Activity 2 ; it's more just about blandly recreating shots from those movies, in order to stage unrelated (and usually lame) comedic set pieces. In fact, most of the Haunted House sequel is devoted to poking fun at recent popular horror movies outside of the found-footage sub-genre - specifically, Sinister and The Conjuring , as well as the largely-forgotten The Possession , oddly enough. Most of the sequel's sight gags and comedy sequences are lazily recycled from the first Haunted House , as well as the Scary Movie series, so they often fail to produce even the easiest of laughs.
Cinematographer David Ortkiese frequently strays from even retaining the found-footage aspect in this film, which is something that even the first Haunted House managed to do. Unfortunately, hackneyed composition combined with slack editing by Tim Mirkovich ( The Devil Inside ) doesn't instill the film's improvisatory comedy routines or dialogue-centric skits with any vigorous rhythm or pulse - they simply plod along, one uninspired raunchy bit or sex joke after another. To be fair, there's the odd piece of comedy that earns a guilty chuckle, but most of those end up being repeated many times over, well past the point where that figurative horse becomes unquestionably dead. Meanwhile, most of the rest of the comedy is either too mean-spirited or sexist/racist/homophobic to enjoy as irony, or even simple dumb fun.
Wayans is up to his usual tricks here, which means he spends the whole film either just rambling off jokes or desperately attempting, then failing, to prove that he's adept at physical comedy. The rest of the cast is composed of D-list talent either being loud and crude (which, obviously, makes them "funny") or playing flat caricatures - be it Gabriel Iglesias ( Magic Mike ) as Malcolm's new Latino pal Miguel; Missi Pyle ( The Artist ) and Hayes MacArthur ( Bachelorette ) riffing on Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson's characters from The Conjuring ; or Rick Overton as a professor who (Spoiler?) suddenly turns into a Breaking Bad punchline.
Moviegoers who enjoyed the first Haunted House as pure guilty pleasure viewing may get additional mileage out of the sequel. However, even those folks may start to lose patience quickly, once they realize that this new installment is largely just bad leftovers from the first movie, reheated and served with a different dressing.
Still, if these Wayans comedies are something you enjoy watching with your friends, it's maybe best to wait until you can see this latest one at home - where you can take as many verbal potshots at its awfulness as you like - rather than spending your well-earned money on a theater ticket.
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A Haunted House 2 is now playing in U.S. theaters nationwide. It is 87 minutes long and is Rated R for crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images.
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Film Review: ‘A Haunted House 2’
Marlon Wayans' parody sequel is as inept and puerile as its predecessor, but let no one say its screenwriter and star doesn't give it his all.
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It’s not that the Marlon Wayans horror spoof “ A Haunted House 2 ” isn’t stupid. It is, incredibly so, as well as technically inept, damn near plotless, and mired in humor so puerile, ugly and regressive that this critic witnessed a gaggle of preteen theater-hoppers groan with exasperation at several of the running sex jokes. And yet, there’s a certain tragically admirable level of commitment from the cast, particularly the dignity-averse Wayans, that at least lifts it above the parody-movie nadir set by “ Date Movie ” / “ Epic Movie ” auteurs Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. It’s certainly likely to be among the worst movies in wide release this year, but it’s far from the most hateable, and that should count for something.
A sequel to last year’s “A Haunted House,” which grossed $40 million even though it appeared to have been financed with change collected from a shopping mall fountain, this sequel finds protagonist Malcolm (Wayans, who also co-scripted with Rick Alvarez) moving into a brand-new home with brand-new girlfriend Megan (Jaime Pressly) and her two children (Ashley Rickards, Steele Stebbins). Theoretically staged as a found-footage exercise, though frequently opting for standard shots with no appreciable increase in quality, the film traces Malcolm’s growing realization that his new house is, indeed, haunted.
Although there are obvious elements imported from recent horror pics like “Insidious,” “The Possession” and “The Conjuring,” it’s hard to really call “A Haunted House 2” a parody. Parodies generally tend to riff on and comment upon the films and genres they’re sending up, while this effort simply uses them as a loose framework on which to hang a rapid-fire barrage of manic, heavily improvised setpieces. Long sequences of Wayans battling a chicken, slapping at moths or engaging in extremely pornographic coitus with a porcelain doll make the Three Stooges look like Jane Austen, but at least they provide some lizard-brain respite from the scripted dialogue, which mines most of its punchlines from racial stereotypes, sex and — with disquieting frequency — domestic and animal abuse.
This is, in other words, truly a bottom-feeding piece of work, but it’s hard not to be fascinated by Wayans’ sincere lack of self-consciousness as he hurls himself across the set naked, spittle dribbling from his mouth, screaming and maintaining a constant patter of off-the-cuff babble with the camera inches from his face. Most top-billed actors, even lowbrow comedic ones, would have betrayed hints of reluctance or shame at some point, but Wayans’ commitment is total, almost to the degree of a performance artist. His ceaseless energy gives “A Haunted House 2” a weird sort of integrity: If nothing else, Wayans and director Michael Tiddes appear to have made exactly the movie they wanted to make, with no pretense to anything more. Whether they should have bothered is perhaps a matter of taste.
Appearing in small roles, Cedric the Entertainer fails to entertain in a reprise of his gangster priest character; Latino standup comic Gabriel Iglesias serves to broaden the range of ethnic humor from simple “see white guys, they drive like this” gags to include Mexican stereotypes as well; and Affion Crockett somehow steals the movie through his repeated, almost Yiddish-like pronunciation of the word “homie.”
Reviewed at AMC Century City, Los Angeles, April 17, 2014. MPAA rating: R. Running time: 87 MIN.
- Production: An Open Road Films release of a Baby Way/Automatik Entertaiment presentation. Produced by Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez. Executive producers, Stuart Ford, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Todd King, Steven Squillante.
- Crew: Directed by Michael Tiddes. Screenplay, Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez. Camera (color), David Ortkiese; editor, Tim Mirkovich; music, Jesse Voccia; music supervisor, Claudia Moross; production designer, Ermanno Di Febo-Orsini; costume designer, Ariyela Wald-Cohain; set decorator, Marina Starec; sound, Randy Lawson; supervising sound editor, Craig Mann; re-recording mixers, Laura Wiest, Mann; visual effects supervisor, Christina Cardona; assistant director, Todd Hilyard; casting, Venus Kanani, Mary Vernieu, Michelle Wade Byrd.
- With: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer, Gabriel Iglesias, Missi Pyle, Ashley Rickards, Affion Crockett, Steele Stebbins, Hayes MacArthur.
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Whenever I watch found footage horror movies, I hope for a scene where the ghost/creature/whatever suddenly grabs the camera and starts shooting its own footage. Because if you’re stupid enough to continue recording when crap hits the fan, you deserve to die horribly and with better cinematography. The ghost will give me a better, less shaky look at the terrible things it’s doing to the deserving victim. Since it knows exactly what’s about to go down, it will choose better angles and shots.
As a parody of found footage movies, 2013’s "A Haunted House" offered the potential for a scene like this. I would never have known it didn’t contain one had I not been assigned "A Haunted House 2." Since the Continuity Police arrested me for reviewing "Red 2" before seeing " Red ," I streamed "A Haunted House" before venturing out to a public screening of its sequel. I learned there is no need to see "A Haunted House" unless you desire a marginally better version of the material that pollutes "A Haunted House 2."
To recap the first film: Strange, paranormal events befall Malcolm ( Marlon Wayans ) when he moves in with his girlfriend Kisha ( Essence Atkins ). These events look suspiciously like " Paranormal Activity ," one of the many films this series attempts to parody. Malcolm hires a psychic who is more interested in trying to have sex with him than figuring out what is causing appliances to move by themselves.
In a plot twist I wish " Sex and the City " had used, Malcolm discovers that Kisha sold her soul to the Devil for a pair of expensive shoes. Mucho mayhem ensues, most of it manifested as reprehensibly unfunny homophobia. In a scene one can never unsee, Malcolm is raped by the evil spirit haunting his house, a rape he uploads to YouTube by accident. This is supposed to be funny. A lot of people apparently thought so, otherwise we wouldn’t have this sequel.
"A Haunted House 2" opens with the still possessed Kisha being disposed of by Malcolm and his unbearably annoying cousin Ray-Ray ( Affion Crockett ). But Kisha’s not gonna be ignored, so her spirit possesses Malcolm’s new abode. This affects not only Kisha’s ex but his new squeeze Megan (Jamie Pressly), her sullen, teenage daughter, Becky ( Ashley Rickards ), and her son Wyatt ( Steele Stebbins ).
This time, the main target of parody is " Sinister ," though jabs at " Insidious " are also present. The botched re-enactments of the former’s murderous 8mm home movies aren’t funny, but they’re at least well done. The "Insidious" scenes are so bad you feel sorry for the actors in them, especially Cedric the Entertainer, who reprises his role as Father Williams.
"A Haunted House 2" tones down the gay jokes but ups the streak of animal cruelty. Taking a page from " The Hangover Part III ," co-screenwriter Wayans tries to wring comic mileage out of the graphic destruction of live animal tissue. The rooster fight shown in the commercials is lifted directly from "Hangover III," though this time there’s only one angry bird. What happens to it confirms my unnatural fear of ceiling fans. The rooster’s facial reaction to Wayans’ attempt to destroy it (which you can also see in the commercials) is the only laugh to be had in "A Haunted House 2."
If you are a dog person, DO NOT SEE THIS FILM. (In fact, don’t read this paragraph.) A canine is squashed flatter than a pancake by a safe, which admittedly is done in exaggerated comic fashion, but another is beaten, shot repeatedly and chainsawed. The resulting carnage is lovingly depicted, and if that weren’t enough, the poor creature’s head is then blown off by a shotgun in front of Megan’s kids. Now, I’m no prude. Some of the stuff I’ve found funny would curl your hair and probably make you pray for me. But my only reaction to scenes like this is disgust.
Besides Cedric the Entertainer, who is a very funny stand-up comedian who can act (see " Barbershop "), "A Haunted House 2" also wastes the talents of veteran Kym Whitley and Gabriel Iglesias . Hell, it wastes the talents of all involved, because this isn’t even a movie. It’s edited like a series of end-credit outtakes and doesn’t even try to be coherent. It flashes its cynical, cash-grabbing intentions like a bright neon diner sign on a New Jersey state road. The low cost ensures that it will make money even if just the Wayans go see it.
Speaking of the Wayans, Marlon Wayans is a talented man. Don’t mock that sentence—it is true. He’s worked with Darren Aronofsky (" Requiem for a Dream ") and the Coens ("The Ladykilers"). He co-wrote the similar, though far funnier " Scary Movie ." And whenever he speaks of his long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic, tingles go up my spine. I want to see that movie. Why is he wasting his time on this excrement? Why did I need to see scene after unfunny scene of Wayans nakedly humping a creepy children’s doll (there must be 10 minutes of this footage)? Who gives a damn what movie it’s supposed to be parodying? He could be playing Richard Pryor instead of doing this.
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A Haunted House 2 (2014)
Rated R for crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images
Marlon Wayans as Malcolm
Jaime Pressly as Megan
Essence Atkins as Kisha
Gabriel Iglesias as Miguel
Missi Pyle as Noreen
Ashley Rickards as Becky
Affion Crockett as Ray Ray
Steele Stebbins as Wyatt
Rick Overton as Professor Wilde
Dave Sheridan as Agouhl
- Michael Tiddes
- Marlon Wayans
- Rick Alvarez
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A Haunted House 2
- Comedy , Horror
- April 18, 2014
- Marlon Wayans as Malcolm; Jaime Pressly as Megan; Essence Atkins as Kisha; Gabriel Iglesias as Miguel; Missi Pyle as Noreen; Ashley Rickards as Becky; Affion Crockett as Ray Ray; Steele Stebbins as Wyatt; Rick Overton as Professor Wilde; Hayes MacArthur as Ned; Dave Sheridan as Agouhl; Cedric the Entertainer as Father Williams
Home Release Date
- August 12, 2014
- Michael Tiddes
- Open Road Films
Imagine, if you will, a largish suburban home, long deserted—by the living, at least. Inside, two ghosts sit at the kitchen table, sipping lattes.
Ghost 1: So, waddya wanna do tonight? You up for rattling some chains?
Ghost 2: Nah. I’m about rattled out.
Ghost 1: Well, I guess we could see what Marley’s up to. He’s always got something going on.
Ghost 2: That bore? Y’know, you can only take that bandage off your head so many times before the whole thing gets old. And he’s always so mopey .
Ghost 1: Look, the last family you scared off took the TV, and I know you hate Monopoly , so—
Ghost 2: Yeah, this whole “doomed to walk the earth” gig gets to be kind of a drag. (Pause) Hey, at least we’ll get a little excitement soon.
Ghost 1: Oh, really? Like what?
Ghost 2: Haven’t you heard? Marlon Wayans is coming. He’s going to film his next Haunted House movie right here, bringing along a whole bunch of easily scared key grips and … hey, what’s wrong? You’re as white as a—
Ghost 1: Never mind that. Get packing. Now!
Ghost 2: Why? What’s wrong?
Ghost 1: We don’t want to be anywhere near this place for a Haunted House movie. No, no, no, no, no no, no!
Ghost 2: Dude, I’ve never seen your vacant eye twitch like that.
Ghost 1: You didn’t see the first movie, did you?! If you did, both your eyes’d be twitching. These flicks are abominations I tell you! Abominations ! They should all be burned! Burned! And then the ground where they’re burned should be salted.
Ghost 2: Whoa, just hold on. And stop staring at me with that scary eye of yours. A silly movie can’t be that bad.
Ghost 1: Oh, no? Don’t believe me? Just take a look at what Plugged In has to say about it!
The dog Shiloh Jr. seems nice enough—until he’s flattened by a safe in the first five minutes.
Shiloh Jr.’s owner, Malcolm, his girlfriend, Megan, and her kids, Becky and Wyatt, have moved into a house inhabited by a demon named Agouhl. (Get it? Well, that’s as good as the jokes ever get here.) He, according to a drug-addled professor, manifests in a creepy box Becky totes around, in an invisible friend Wyatt hangs out with, and in a spooky doll Malcolm has “sex” with. It’s suggested that the demon may be a parting gift from Malcolm’s ex-girlfriend, Kisha. (She was the girl in dire need of an exorcism in the first Haunted House movie and, despite being left for dead in a car, has come back still in full, um, possession of her faculties.)
In an effort to rid the house of the demonic influence, Malcolm enlists the help of Ned, Noreen and Father Williams. Ned and Noreen are exorcists who talk about God and the devil, but given the spoof-tastic context here, their “sincerity” comes off as mostly just blasphemous; and the priest obscenely jokes that he became a Catholic father “for the little boys.”
Still reading? (Maybe rethink that commitment a little at this point.) When the priest is reprimanded for swearing in church, he repeatedly shanks his collared critic. He later tearfully “prays” while partially possessed, asking if God has deserted him because of his penchant for swearing while praying. He also claims to sell priestly garments for a profit now, calling them “Jesus Pieces.” (I told you the jokes didn’t get any better.)
We see Bibles, crucifixes and holy water, the latter two able to burn possessed beings. We hear bizarre discussions of hell and demonic forces. Malcolm tries to sacrifice a chicken. The priest encourages him, though, to not fight the demonic influence and instead just “let them in.” Someone is said to be psychic. We hear about meditation and chi.
Malcolm is shown having wild sex with both Megan and Kisha. The women wear at least underwear, but the sequences are quite graphic, complete with explicit movement, lots of sounds and hyperbolic amounts of “fluid.”
Becky is a promiscuous teen who is kissed and fondled (on her backside) by one of her many reported boyfriends. Really awful things are jokingly implied about her, her anatomy and the incestuously brutish things that her father may have done to her. A “penis” is seen growing in her throat.
The camera shows us scads of bare-breasted women in a couple of scenes. In one, a man stuffs his face into the chest of one topless woman. There’s rude and crude talk and/or jokes about all manner of sexual subjects, including oral sex/masturbation, gay sex, anal sex, bondage sex, sex toys, rape and statutory rape. Wyatt flits about in a ballerina outfit.
Shiloh Jr. is smashed by the safe, as mentioned, and ends up looking like a furry pancake when it’s removed. Malcolm tries to pump the beast back up but goes too far and the dead dog squirts through the air like an untied balloon. Another dog is bludgeoned, skewered, chopped and shot, leaving a bloody carcass. A rooster and Malcolm tangle, tussle and fight to the death for about an hour and a half, it seems, in the kitchen: It ends with the man first trying to fry the fowl, then thrusting it into the ceiling fan, splattering the room with blood and meat and feathers.
Much of the sex Malcolm has is similarly befouled with violence: Kisha hits him repeatedly, dislodging a tooth. He cuts the doll apart, douses it with lighter fluid and cooks it on a grill. It comes back, smoking and “bruised”—and enraged.
Agouhl tries to kill several folks, some by hanging, some by drowning, some by burning. The devilish deeds always double back on the demon, though, causing it to fall from a tree, catch fire and get pummeled with a pool-cleaning net. A possessed Malcolm contorts into horribly uncomfortable positions (one of which prompts him to give himself oral sex). People fight, punch, kick, bite and choke. Someone’s hit with a shovel.
Crude or Profane Language
Well over 100 f-words and 50 s-words. Scads of other profanities include “a‑‑,” “b‑‑ch,” “d‑‑n,” “h‑‑‑” and “p‑‑‑.” The n-word gets ruthlessly exercised. A middle finger does a few calisthenics. God’s name is misused at least two-dozen times (four or five times with “d‑‑n”), and Jesus’ is abused once or twice.
Drug and Alcohol Content
We see meth being made, marijuana being smoked and cocaine being snorted. A man flees from police because he has drugs stuffed in his anus. Malcolm uses a variety of drugs and drinks whiskey. (He’s once found lying in a pool of his own vomit.) During an exorcism, Father William shares a stash of MDMA, or Molly. (Everyone is very appreciative.) Young Wyatt has a tea party at which he serves straight vodka (to both visible and invisible guests). Someone attempts to serve mojitos.
Other Negative Elements
Gags predicated on racism and racial stereotypes are pervasive.
Malcolm digs a grave for the doll, then urinates and defecates on the thing. (It returns smelling awful.) Somebody else is shown in a bathroom, noisily defecating. Wyatt passes gas right into his sister’s face. People repeatedly vomit blood.
Reviewing movies is my job. I was, in other words, literally paid to see this one. I can’t actually imagine any other reason why someone would go. And, frankly, I need a raise.
A Haunted House 2 was apparently designed, like its putrid predecessor, to be a comedy. But it’s about as enjoyable as liver-flavored gummy bears, and it made me laugh about as often as listening to other people’s numbers getting called at the DMV.
And all that can be said even if you somehow had no qualms about the graphic grossness on display—content that is truly astounding. It’s not just the amount of sex or violence, or even how explicit it is. It’s how grotesquely inappropriate it is—with jokes predicated on everything from pedophilia to domestic abuse to drug-pushing priests to 9-year-olds dropping the f-word.
In 1963’s The Haunting we’re told that “some houses are just born bad.” A Haunted House 2 insists that some movies are too.
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A HAUNTED HOUSE 2
"making light of the supernatural and the occult".
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(PaPaPa, OOO, HoHo, AbAbAb, LLL, VV, SSS, NN, AA, DDD, MM) Very strong pagan, occult worldview with many crude, lewd and immoral scenes, heavy demonic elements including possessions, hauntings, ghosts, plus some crude homosexual references and very strong Anti-Christian elements mocking the church, clergy, the Holy Trinity, and making light of the supernatural and the occult; at least 185 obscenities (including 90 or more “f” words) and 14 profanities, with many uses of the “n” word, some obscene gestures, and strong scatological content including men urinate and defecate; strong violent content includes two violent scenes involving animals, a dog gets smashed by a safe, a chicken gets decapitated by a ceiling fan, some scary violence during an exorcism scene, a demon possessed woman lunges at people several times, demon possessed woman breaks another woman's neck, a teenage girl is impaled, a pastor is stabbed by a foul-mouthed priest; heavy sexual content includes a graphic scene where man has relations with a doll on two different occasions through footage that is fast forwarded, depicted fornication, teenage girl pleasures herself, camera ogles a woman's rear, it’s implied a man is about to get sodomized, a joke is made about priests molesting young boys; a rubber sex toy, upper female nudity, upper and rear male nudity, woman in revealing underwear before and during sex scene; heavy drinking and drunkenness; heavy drug use includes smoking of weed, snorting of crack, heroin use, and taking some sort of pills; and, strong immoral content includes lying, cheating, and racism.
HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is an abhorrent, unfunny comedy horror movie spoofing many of the previous year’s horror movies.
Malcolm Johnson is a young African American man running from his demon possessed girlfriend Kisha who was in the first movie. When Malcolm, his cousin and Kisha are in a car accident, it looks as if Kisha died, giving him the opportunity to be done with her. Malcolm and his cousin leave the scene of the accident.
One year later, Malcolm is beginning to live with his new girlfriend Megan and her two children; teenage rebel Becky and her younger brother. As they settle, Malcolm begins to notice strange things around the house. He discovers that a demon haunts the house along with a creepy doll. To make things worse, his ex-girlfriend Kisha isn’t dead and continues to haunt him.
As he videotapes his findings and tries to investigate the paranormal occurrences with the help of a meth-cooking professor, Malcolm becomes even more erratic in his behavior (as if that was possible). Also, the foul-mouthed “Father Doug” shows up at the end to help perform an exorcism in a very offensive scene.
A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is extremely crude and pointless. Marlon Wayans who wrote and starred in the movie shows his own incompetence as a comedian by constantly resorting to unoriginal jokes, stereotypes, and sexual gags. Nearly every plot point is directly taken from other movies, especially the climactic scene that, in an unfunny way, spoofs last year’s THE CONJURING.
This empty, lewd, offensive movie will find most audiences, media wise or not, rethinking their decision to see it. The constant foul language and extremely crude humor is accompanied by strong drug references and very strong Anti-Christian elements mocking the church, clergy, and the Holy Trinity, and making light of the supernatural and the occult.
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A haunted house 2, common sense media reviewers.
Dumb, unfunny, offensive horror spoof sequel.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No one learns anything or tries to convey a positi
The main character spends most of the movie shriek
Two dogs are killed, obviously fake; one is flatte
The main character has a long, drawn-out sex scene
Language is nearly constant, with uses of the "N"
Febreze is mentioned in a joke about cleaning carp
A character is shown drinking whisky in response t
Parents need to know that A Haunted House 2 is the sequel to the Marlon Wayans' horror-spoof A Haunted House . It has nonstop sexual content, including tons of crude innuendo and some nudity (female breasts and a male bottom). There are also jokes about racism and bodily functions and even a brief…
No one learns anything or tries to convey a positive take-away. The movie includes constant sex talk/jokes, jokes about racism, cultural stereotypes, farting noises, and scenes of pooping and peeing. A young boy is present for some of this. There's a joke about priests and little boys. Two "ghost hunters" terrorize a class full of children.
Positive Role Models
The main character spends most of the movie shrieking and screaming, and no one is remotely even likeable, much less admirable.
Violence & Scariness
Two dogs are killed, obviously fake; one is flattened, and the other is hacked to death with various instruments (fake blood is shown). Some of the "home movies" from Sinister are spoofed, with a demon trying to kill a family. The main character has a long battle with a fighting rooster, with lots of blood shown. Cops are shown beating the main character briefly. A priest stabs another priest. There's a joke about several black men raping a white man in jail. A woman is shown with her head twisted around, and another woman is impaled, with blood shown. A character "throws up" a demon, with red stuff gushing out of his mouth.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main character has a long, drawn-out sex scene with a doll. Though the scene is not "real," and no nudity is shown (aside from the man's naked bottom), it's fairly graphic and runs the gamut of sexual positions and experiences. Viewers see "naked" pictures of the doll, including fake nipples, and bondage shots. The main character also has a sex scene with his girlfriend; again, there's no nudity shown, but there are very strong sexual references (such as the woman's "squirting" orgasm). Two women are shown topless on two occasions. A man admires his girlfriend's (clothed) bottom while she's bent over. A sex toy is shown. A fake penis is shown in the back of a young woman's throat. Plus almost constant sex talk and sexual innuendo.
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Language is nearly constant, with uses of the "N" word, "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "a--hole," "vagina," "balls," "loser," and "goddamn," as well as constant sexual innuendo.
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Febreze is mentioned in a joke about cleaning carpets after a gory episode.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character is shown drinking whisky in response to watching scary home movies. In one scene, he drinks the entire bottle, smokes some pot, takes a mouthful of pills, and shoots heroin before passing out and waking up in a puddle of vomit. In other scenes, a priest snorts cocaine, and most of the cast smokes pot. A child has a tea party with vodka served, though only a grown-up drinks it on screen. A professor is shown running a meth lab.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Haunted House 2 is the sequel to the Marlon Wayans ' horror-spoof A Haunted House . It has nonstop sexual content, including tons of crude innuendo and some nudity (female breasts and a male bottom). There are also jokes about racism and bodily functions and even a brief joke about priests and little boys. Language is very strong, with constant use of the "N" word, "f--k," and "s--t." Some horror movie imagery is shown, with blood, fighting, dead bodies, and (fake) dead animals. Drinking and drugs are also an issue, with overt, jokey scenes of smoking pot, drinking, snorting cocaine, shooting heroin, taking pills, and making meth. A young boy is present during some of these scenes. The first movie made an attempt to focus on characters and relationships, but this sequel drops all that in favor of bad jokes and bad attempts at parody. And even though it's all played for humor, there's no escaping the fact that this movie is bursting with inappropriate content. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .
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A Haunted House 2 - Review
What's the story.
Following the events of A Haunted House , Malcolm ( Marlon Wayans ) leaves his possessed girlfriend, Kisha, presuming her dead after a car crash. A year later, he moves in with his new girlfriend, Megan ( Jaime Pressly ), and her two kids. Her teen daughter becomes obsessed with an old box found in the basement, while the younger boy begins talking to an imaginary friend. A creepy doll starts occupying Malcolm's thoughts, as does a box of old films upstairs, which reveal a demon trying to kill the house's previous occupants. Now it seems a demon is on the loose again, and so ghost hunters Noreen ( Missi Pyle ) and Ned ( Hayes MacArthur ), as well as Father Williams ( Cedric the Entertainer ), are called in. Will Malcolm make it to another sequel?
Is It Any Good?
While A Haunted House made a cursory attempt to get away from the pure spoofing of the Scary Movie series and concentrate more on characters, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 simply abandons this idea. Instead, we're back to constant sex jokes, jokes about bodily functions and excrement, jokes about race, and a few other tasteless gags. The movie attempts to spoof recent hits The Conjuring , Insidious , Paranormal Activity 4 , The Possession , and Sinister but mainly just copies certain scenes and adds in big, dumb doses of slapstick.
The last movie acknowledged the relationship between the couple as they learned to live together, and then Cedric the Entertainer came in and juiced up the third act with some improvised lines. Now Malcolm has quickly jumped into a new relationship, which isn't explored (except to make several "interracial" references), and Cedric's new scenes are far less fresh and not very funny. Mostly, the movie is seriously dumb and just a little depressing.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the appeal of horror spoofs. Are they better than a straight horror film? How does the movie use images similar to those in horror movies but make them less scary?
How does A Haunted House 2 use stereotypes ? Does it address them thoughtfully, or does it use stereotypes for laughs? Is that OK?
How is sex used in the movie? What's the intended effect? Does the movie ever discuss sex in a mature way?
How are drinking and drugs used in the movie? Are there any realistic consequences for substance use? What message does that send?
- In theaters : April 18, 2014
- On DVD or streaming : August 12, 2014
- Cast : Marlon Wayans , Jaime Pressly , Cedric the Entertainer
- Director : Michael Tiddes
- Inclusion Information : Black actors
- Studio : Open Road Films
- Genre : Comedy
- Topics : Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time : 87 minutes
- MPAA rating : R
- MPAA explanation : crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images
- Last updated : June 19, 2023
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- Entertainment Weekly Stephan Lee You don't walk into a movie like A Haunted House 2 expecting anything remotely scary or serious, but you don't expect to walk out feeling a terrible sense of dread, either.
- AV Club Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Though even the most accomplished improvisers occasionally rely on shtick, Wayans simply recycles the same gags; his "improv" is all shtick, with little riffing and no sense of flow.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch Kevin C. Johnson This send-up of current horror movies is a go-for-broke hoot, a hot mess of a comedy that doesn't have a lick of sense. And knowing that going in adds to the often knee-slapping laughs.
- Film.com Jenni Miller There are almost no redeeming qualities to this movie. It is bad enough to trigger an existential crisis in the heartiest of movie-lovers.
- RogerEbert.com Odie Henderson Why did I need to see scene after unfunny scene of Wayans nakedly humping a creepy children's doll (there must be 10 minutes of this footage)?
- The Dissolve Scott Tobias The [A Haunted House] movies are like a strange sort of exorcism: They chase the demons away by having Marlon Wayans scream for 90 minutes [...]
- Village Voice Sherilyn Connelly Though he's not for all tastes, there's something admirable about Wayans's willingness to do anything for a laugh, often reminiscent of Jerry Lewis at his most frantic.
- New York Magazine/Vulture Bilge Ebiri A Haunted House 2 is not a movie. It is a nervous breakdown.
- New York Times Andy Webster Run in fright.
- Variety Andrew Barker Marlon Wayans' parody sequel is as inept and puerile as its predecessor, but let no one say its screenwriter and star doesn't give it his all.
- TheWrap Alonso Duralde Calling this one an improvement is like saying that being kicked in the shin is better than being punched in the stomach. Either way, it hurts.
- Los Angeles Times Martin Tsai From Honey Boo Boo to the Kardashians, from Chris Brown to Paula Deen, from Angry Birds to "Hoarders," it spares nothing and no one.
- Washington Post Stephanie Merry "A Haunted House 2" is so bombastically stupid that its well-earned R rating doesn't seem sufficient. The movie should come with another warning: The following 87 minutes would be better spent alphabetizing your spice rack.
- Hollywood Reporter Justin Lowe Wayans' performance again relies primarily on mugging it up and outrageous attempts at self-indulgent humor to elicit laughs, topped with copious doses of raunchy sexual innuendo and activity.
- Fat Guys at the Movies Kevin Carr Marlon Wayans on his own has taken his family name lower than ever before... even lower than White Chicks.
- Movie Mezzanine Russell Hainline Marlon Wayans is killing his own potential, screaming his way into comedic oblivion.
- Cinemalogue Todd Jorgenson The line between actual horror and lampooned horror tends to blur these days, and since this effort is neither funny nor scary, it won't help clarify.
- CraveOnline William Bibbiani About as contemptible as filmmaking gets.
- Common Sense Media Jeffrey M. Anderson Mostly, the movie is seriously dumb and just a little depressing.
- TV Guide Jason Griffith A Haunted House 2 isn't the worst way to entertain a switched-off brain for an hour and a half, but it's nothing you haven't already seen.
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Trump Loses Bid to Pause $454.2 Million Judgment in NY Civil Fraud Case
FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends the closing arguments in the Trump Organization civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., January 11, 2024. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo
By Jonathan Stempel and Luc Cohen
NEW YORK (Reuters) -Donald Trump on Wednesday lost a bid to pause a $454.2 million civil fraud judgment against him for overstating his net worth and real estate values to dupe lenders, meaning he must soon find the cash or post a bond to prevent New York authorities from seizing his property while he appeals.
The decision by Associate Justice Anil Singh of the New York Appellate Division must be affirmed by a full panel of the mid-level state appeals court. Singh granted Trump's request for a stay of a portion of Justice Arthur Engoron's Feb. 16 decision barring the former president from running any New York corporation or seeking loans from the state's banks for three years.
Trump's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Singh's decision.
In asking for the stay earlier on Wednesday, Trump's lawyers said he is unable to post a bond for the full amount of the judgment while he appeals and wants instead to secure a $100 million bond. A bonding company would be on the hook for any payout if Trump loses his appeal and proves unable to pay.
Trump is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic President Joe Biden in the Nov. 5 U.S. election.
New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Trump, the Trump Organization and other defendants in 2022 in state court in Manhattan, accusing them of falsifying the values of Trump's properties to obtain better terms from lenders and insurers. A three-month trial over the claims ended in January.
In their filing with the Appellate Division, Trump's lawyers said a stay of Engoron's decision was needed because Trump would suffer "irreparable harm" if James were free to sell his real estate assets to raise capital to pay the judgment.
The lawyers also said the "exorbitant and punitive amount of the judgment coupled with an unlawful and unconstitutional blanket prohibition on lending transactions would make it impossible to secure and post a complete bond."
They said a $100 million bond, together with Trump's "vast" real estate holdings and ongoing oversight by a court-designated monitor for the Trump Organization, would be more than sufficient to secure the judgment.
But Singh's decision means Trump may now apply for a loan to help post a bond.
In a separate filing on Wednesday, James opposed a stay, calling it "especially inappropriate" given the defendants "all but concede" that Trump does not have enough liquid assets to satisfy the judgment.
"These are precisely the circumstances for which a full bond or deposit is necessary, where defendants' approach would leave (the attorney general's office) with substantial shortfalls once this court affirms the judgment," James wrote.
Both sides are expected to submit more written arguments in the coming weeks, and a decision could come after March 18.
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James also said there was "substantial risk" that Trump might not pay up, or might move assets beyond her reach, if he loses his appeal. She cited the defendants' having "surreptitiously" concealed from the monitor a $40 million transfer, and Trump's recent announcement that some of his businesses had moved to Florida.
Trump has estimated his net worth in the billions of dollars, but much of that is in real estate, not cash.
Engoron imposed a $354.9 million penalty against Trump, plus daily interest that began to accrue in 2019. The payout had grown to $454.2 million with interest by Feb. 22, and additional interest is tacked on each day.
Trump is also seeking to avoid posting a full bond during an expected appeal of last month's $83.3 million defamation verdict in favor of the writer E. Jean Carroll. He has asked the judge in that case to let him appeal without posting any security, or alternatively by posting at most a $24.5 million unsecured bond.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel and Luc Cohen in New York; Additional reporting by Jack Queen; Editing by Will Dunham, Jonathan Oatis, Daniel Wallis and Noeleen Walder)
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