Iffy for 16+
Vulgar horror movie spoof has sex, language, and drugs.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Haunted House is the latest comedy spoof from Marlon Wayans and his cohorts, this time with their sights set on Paranormal Activity and the like. It's similar to Scary Movie and Dance Flick but less focused on pop culture references. Still, the humor is very vulgar and outrageous, with tons of sexual jokes/content (characters are swingers; one is gay; a sex toy and bondage outfit are shown) and some nudity (breasts, bottoms), as well as very strong language ("f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, etc.). The references to horror movies suggest some violence -- like demon possession and a scary ghost -- but the scare factor is often diffused by the humorous tone. Pot smoking and cocaine-snorting are played for laughs (a priest keeps a huge joint inside his Bible). Teens may want to see this opening weekend, but after that, not many will care.
- Families can talk about A Haunted House's strong sex-related humor. What makes it funny? Does the movie ever discuss sex in a mature way?
- Is the movie scary? How does the movie use images similar to those in horror movies but make them less scary?
- What is a spoof, exactly? What does a spoof promise and deliver? What does it do to the original material?
The good stuff
Messages: The movie is mostly filled with questionable behavior that doesn't have any consequences. Even the loving couple at the center of the story tends to argue and treat each other with disrespect.
Role models: Characters are shallow and mostly irresponsible. Their primary goals seem to be selfish and carnal, rather than helpful or considerate.
What to watch for
Violence: The hero's dog is killed by a car; the dog's body (which looks fake) is shown. Horror violence includes a ghost attacking and a woman being possessed by a demon; the scare factor is diffused by the movie's comic tone.
Sex: A long montage shows the main character performing several (practice) sexual acts with a stuffed animal. Three topless women are viewed in a brief "party" scene. The neighbors are "swingers" who try to convince the main characters to join them. A "mandingo party" is briefly shown (black men having sex with a white woman, while the woman's husband watches). Men's naked bottoms are glimpsed. A sex toy and a leather bondage outfit are shown.
Language: Strong, frequent language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," the "N" word, "t-ts," "p---y," "d--k," "vagina," "penis," "ass," "ho" ("whore"), "hell," "damn," and "bitch," as well as "oh my God," "Jesus Christ," and "goddamn." A character uses the word "NigGyver" to describe a black "MacGyver" move.
Consumerism: Best Buy is shown, and an Angry Birds game is shown.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke pot and snort cocaine in a comical way. They also drink beer socially.
Fan Reviews provided by
Best Comedy in Decades!! by vaboi89
A Haunted House was no doubt the funnest movie I have ever seen in a theater! You will be in tears laughing the entire movie! It is definitely a MUST SEE if you like to laugh!
thee fourth baked by krazy_for_movies
The first Hour of the movie was truly funny and I loved it but the last twenty or so minutes it took a turn to boring. When his girlfriend hit his dog with her car and it died and his reaction was just too funny. Him humping the stuff bears was like making fun of the movie Ted which I thought was putting this movie above Ted with comedy but after an hour of watching it was like it just took a turn to boring. It was sad to see such a funny movie just go down hill like that. They need to really take a serious look at the last 26 minutes of the movie and rethink on it if and when they write another movie. This movie is not good for anyone under 18 to watch and It would be cheaper to wait for it to come out on video and watch it around Halloween.
The only hilariity was the price I paid for seeing this trash by TLAWR66
This movie was one of the worst movies I had ever seen. I had high hopes of getting a few good laughs, but it was raunchy, crude and at times just gross. The sex stuff went way overboard. If you think it will be like SCARY MOVIE - think again. Doesn't come close. I wanted to hide the kids eyes whose negligent parents had brought them to see the movie. My group walked out half way through it. It's niot funny at all. Keep your hard earned cash and whatever you do....DON'T TAKE YOUR KIDS to see this unless you want them to see how to have sex with a stuffed animal., learn what a swinger is, a herpes lesson and how horny a gay man can really be. Enough is enough. The Wayne brothers' are so talented. Can't hollywood do any better than this?
Hunted house by jenniferg0629
You must go my bestfriend jesica show me the trailers was SO so but when I saw the. Movie OMG lmao it was funny entertaining must go watch it !!!
Please don't insult us!! by DHWesley
A message to Keenen Ivory: Go to Marlons house. When he comes to the door...slap him...hard, and tell him to never do this again!! "A Haunted House" is an insult to the creativeness and humor of the Wayans Brothers, of which I am a fan! This is $25.75 and an hour and twenty-six minutes we will never get back! If this movie was shot on video, it should have been deleted, immediately! It's an insult to the movie-going, paying public. We can no longer rely on Fandangos "Fan"s favorable reviews on this movie. Anyone with two brain cells who actually saw this movie would have never said "GO" (unless they have no social upbringing or education and just don't know good from bad. Maybe 'their' mother needs to be slapped!).
So...OH NO!...DON'T GO!
Send them a message!!! Don't pay good money for bad movies.
joyful4206 by lampkinv
This movie was TERRIBLE! I was insulted that this foolishness was put in front of me and my family member eyes. Couldn't bare to watch twenty minutes of that sick movie; we walked out!
A Haunted House by cjtownsend
Well, I usually like films by the Wayans brothers and this one was pretty good. But, I just feel there were too many homosexual and porn references. There were several times that my wife and I laughed really hard though (Especially when they got wasted with the Ghost). And my wife is somewhat conservative. Now if the homosexual and porn stuff doesn't bother you, then I recommend this movie. But if it does, I don't recommend it. In regards to whether I recommend this movie for kids, I have a 17 year old daughter and I don't think I would take her to see this. I watched the Scary Movie series with her though.
At the end, I do feel it was well worth the $11.25 each we spent for the tickets.
Not worth your money by Jermaine_ford
This movie had its funny parts but most of the jokes where dragged out further then what they should of been. Way too man sex scenes for a funny scary movie. I wouldn't spend $5 on the bootleg of this movie
A Haunted House by amd0104
I really would like a refund for that non-sense of a movie and for a waste of time. I was so disappointed that I had to go sit in another theater to see a real movie to compensate myself.
Trashy and plain DISGUSTING by Indylachula
WARNING: Do not I repeat DO NOT take your children to see this trashy, low class movie. This has to Be the worst movie I have ever seen. The only reason I ended up seeing this garbage was because my teen daughter and her friend thought it was going to be like "Scary Movie". Nowhere near it. The only people who would find this ghetto porn entertaining would be somebody with no class. This movie was a nightmare from the beginning, since it focused more on "swinging" and sex than on the actual title of the movie. I like funny comedies with some dark humor, but this was just PLAIN DISGUSTING. Don't say you weren't warned.