The Paranormal Activity franchise has proved to be successful , therefore it's no surprise that a parody would emerge. A Haunted House is the story of Malcolm Johnson (Marlon Wayans) taking a step towards commitment to his girlfriend Kisha Davis (Essence Atkins) by having her move into his house. Immediately afterwards the supernatural hijinks ensue. This story was a vortex of raunchy humor, from homophobia, racism, stereotypes to flatulence. With contemporary comedies flatulence is always a good go to for a cheap laugh, case and point The Clumps in the Nutty Professor. I am not easily embarrassed, however the stuffed animal play-date made me blush. I saw Ted and his flirtatious humping was child's play compared to the action that Malcolm had going on with his teddy bear and stuffed duck, it was quackers. For people who feel as if their dog is a family member, I was surprised that there was no disclaimer that no animals were injured in the making of this film. I had no idea what a Mandingo party was before this film, but when it was explained and shown in graphic detail I understood why I had no idea. The Ray-Ray (Afion Crockett) bit was shown in the trailer almost in its entirety and it was still funny…to me. But whereas I laughed at the jokes that were are familiar as part of the Black American experience it was obvious in the theater that the scenes did not hold the same familiarity with others as to make it funny. Yes, I do have a cousin Ray-Ray son! If there was a possibility to offend in this film no opportunity was missed, and at the same time there were some very funny sequences that made me laugh. This film actually had some decent special effects nothing award winning but some effort was put into the bedtime cannabis party. This story was played out in front of and from behind the camera so no overkill with the found footage style that can get to be annoying after a while. The hour and twenty-six minute running time was a welcomed change from the last few films that I have had the pleasure of viewing which run well over two hours. I appreciate that the writers Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez understand that there is a limit to how long you can hold an audience's attention with crudity. I give this film an amber light.
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