A Haunted House

WRITTEN BY: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
DIRECTED BY: Michael Tiddes
STARRING: Marlon Wayans, Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Nick Swardson
RATING: 1 star

There is something wrong with a comedy film when you barely laugh out loud. That is what happened when I watched A Haunted House. When Marlon Wayans began the hugely successful Scary Movie franchise with his brother Shawn, they sparked a series of spoof films, none of which experienced the same success as the first two films. With A Haunted House, Wayans has ventured on his own but unfortunately, the film lacks any of the necessary charm, appeal or laughs. While the premise of spoofing supernatural films including The Exorcist and Paranormal Activity is well intentioned, it falls flat in just about every aspect. In fact, as if Wayans and co know their film is a woeful mess, they resort to crude jokes that will barely make you crack a smile.

The thin plot revolves around Malcolm (Marlon Waylans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who move in together but soon discover the house is haunted by a ghost. When Kisha becomes possessed by a demon, Malcolm seeks the help of a priest (Cedric the Entertainer), a psychic (Nick Swardson), and the so-called Ghost Guys (David Koechner, Dave Sheridan) to save her.

A Haunted House had a small budget and at times felt more like a series of skits loosely linked together. Most of the characters were annoying, except perhaps Marlene Forte who played creepy Spanish maid, Rosa. Atkins was good in parts, but even she got carried away. If it wasn't for Wayans' charisma, this film surely would never have even made it to cinema screens.

Maybe I would have enjoyed this film more if I was a 15-year-old boy. Or maybe not. At least it only runs for 80 minutes.