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A Haunted House (2013)

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Malcolm and Kisha move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm - determined to keep his sex life on track - turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help.

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Michael Tiddes
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlon Wayans ... Malcolm
Marlene Forte ... Rosa
Essence Atkins ... Kisha
David Koechner ... Dan the Security Man
Dave Sheridan ... Bob
Nick Swardson ... Chip the Psychic
Alanna Ubach ... Jenny
Andrew Daly ... Steve
J.B. Smoove ... Kisha's Stepdad (as JB Smoove)
Robin Thede ... Kisha's Mom
Jordenn Thompson ... Little Kisha
Affion Crockett ... Ray-Ray
Cedric the Entertainer ... Father Williams
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Storyline

In October 2012 a video footage is found at the home of Malcolm Johnson and the recordings are still unexplained. Past this prologue a story in flashback form unfolds. During the summer of 2012, Malcolm and Kisha move in together and start a happy life. One night Kisha notices a few unexplained phenomena that convince her their house is haunted by ghosts. To allay her fears Malcom hires a camera crew to film inside the house day and night. A few nights later Malcom and Keisha have sex on camera, despite Keisha's protests at being filmed. Upon reviewing the sex tape the next day, Malcom and Keisha notice a few paranormal phenomena caught on tape. Malcom wants to sell the house but the housing market is slow. Therefore, Malcom decides to hire a psychic to come to the house and investigate. After Kisha confesses to making a deal with the devil for a pair of shoes things start to make sense but it doesn't solve the problems caused by the paranormal phenomena. Written by nufs68

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This $*%! ain't paranormal!

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Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smartass See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,101,682, 13 January 2013

Gross USA:

$40,041,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,141,683
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's release date, January 11th, 2013, was the original release date for Scary Movie 5 (2013) before the latter moved to April 12th, 2013. Marlon Wayans, who wrote and stars in "A Haunted House", was one of the creators of the "Scary Movie" franchise. Both movies spoof "Paranormal Activity". See more »

Goofs

(at around 24 mins) While they are making the video, the camera is moved from the tripod to the bedside cabinet. When they look at the tape the next day and see the door move, the camera is back on the tripod. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Malcolm: Why isn't this stupid thing working? See, that's that bullshit. I'm taking this shit right back to Best Buy.
[takes off lens cap]
Malcolm: Or not. Stupid lens cap.
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Alternative takes are shown during the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was presented to the MPAA in two versions, both were R rated for crude and sexual content, language and some drug use. See more »

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References All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) See more »

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Lost in Cannes
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A Nutshell Review: A Haunted House
29 January 2013 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

The writing was already on the wall. With paranormal found footage films being all the rage recently, there's bound to be a comedian out there who would amalgamate most elements found in various films, put them all in a comedic spin, and make a feature film out of it. This time, Marlon Wayans beat the crowd to put something out there first, co-producing, co-writing and starring as the lead in this madcap comedy that pokes fun primarily at the Paranormal Activity films, with the usual politically-incorrect, toilet humour all making their way into the story- line, if you can call it that.

Those who are not Paranormal Activity fans may not come to enjoy the loads of silly references made in A Haunted House, where CCTV camera footage, and a hand-held videocam, together with VHS tapes and a web camera, provide choice footage in and around the home of Malcolm (Wayans). Against good advice, he welcomes his girlfriend Kisha (Essence Atkins) to co-habitate with him, only for her to bring along her excess spiritual baggage which includes an invisible friend from long ago. Things start to go the Paranormal Activity way with the closing of doors, strange sounds, and the playing with bed linen at night.

While the jokes come thick and fast most of the time, they do seem to be focused around the theme of sex, especially when Malcolm thinks having Kisha stay with him is that open doorway to passionate love each night. And that's where the unexplained ghouls come knocking on their door to exhibit some of the most outrageous physical comedy for the screen. When dialogue comes into play, then it goes the direction of poking fun at the expense of stereotypes, from an effeminate psychic (Nick Swardson) to a gangsta preacher (Cedric the Entertainer), and even more sex-laced comedy no thanks to their swinging best friend couple (Andrew Daly and Alanna Ubach).

Don't expect too much from this comedy and it's alright, although I had the niggling feeling that most of the best bits were already included in the trailer, which will leave you with anticipation for more, but didn't get delivered for that ultimate laughing high. This is one film that you'll either love if you're in the mood for nonsensical comedy, or after that hard day's work, otherwise you may find yourself frowning at just about any antics that the comedians start to pull off. Me? Crass comedies are my guilty pleasure, so I'm lapping up A Haunted House already.


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