A Haunted House

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A Haunted House
A Haunted House Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Tiddes
Produced by Marlon Wayans
Michael Tiddes
Rick Alvarez
Written by Marlon Wayans
Rick Alvarez
Starring Marlon Wayans
Essence Atkins
Cedric the Entertainer
Nick Swardson
David Koechner
Dave Sheridan
Cinematography Steve Gainer
Edited by Suzanne Hines
Production
company
Distributed by Open Road Films
Vertigo Films (United Kingdom and Ireland only)
Release dates
  • January 11, 2013 (2013-01-11)
Running time
86 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2.5 million[2]
Box office $60.1 million[2]

A Haunted House is a 2013 American parody comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes and starring Marlon Wayans.[3] It was released on January 11, 2013.[4][5] The film is a parody of the "found footage" genre, such as the Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside.

During interviews to promote the film, Styles explained "it's not exactly a parody" but rather a movie with funny characters doing the opposite of what typical people do in similar horror films.[6][7] A sequel titled A Haunted House 2 was released on April 18, 2014.[8]

Plot[edit]

The movie begins with the opening text stating that in October 2015, the footage was found at the home of Harry Johnson and that the recordings are still unexplained.

In August 2015, a young couple, Harry (Harry Styles) and Isabella (AnnaSophia Robb), move in together to start a new happy life. On the first night, Harry is waken by Isabella's noisy flatulating that drives him out of the room. When Isabella notices her keys on the floor she tries to tell Harry that they might have a ghost. To prove to Isabella that they do not have a ghost, Harry calls over some camera men, Seth (Chace Crawford) and his brother Joe (Douglas Booth). On the fourth night Harry tries to have sex with the camera on, but Isabella tells him to turn it off. Before they really start, Harry turns the camera back on and records the whole thing. In the morning Harry and Isabella watch the video and notice that the door moved. Harry tries to convince Isabella that it had something to do with the vortex in which he moved his hips during sex last night.

The next night, Harry notices the paranormal activity and tries to move out of the house and leave Isabella. Since he can't sell his house in the current market, they call a psychic (Seth Rogen) over to check the house. As soon as Mike, the psychic, meets Harry, he begins to fall in love with him. Before Mike can leave, after finding nothing wrong, Isabella confesses to making a deal with the devil for a pair of shoes. Mike tells Isabella that she is screwed, and tries to invite Harry to a wrestling match with five guys. After Mike leaves, Isabella shows Harry a video of her eighth birthday in which she began to experience paranormal activity by her imaginary friend, Terrence. On the next night, Isabella awakens in the middle of the night and stands next to the bed for a couple of hours until she begins to randomly dance for another hour and slaps Harry's face to awaken him. Harry wakes up and follows Isabella to the kitchen where he catches her eating uncooked food and drinking old milk. Isabella tells him that she's going to the store, but Harry tries to get her back to bed until she starts screaming crazily. In the morning, Isabella does not remember a thing from the prior night.

On another night, Isabella hears something and tells Harry to check it. But instead of a ghost it turns out to be Rosa (Marlene Forte), his Hispanic housekeeper. Rosa quits and Harry and Isabella smoke with the ghost to relieve their pain. The next day Harry's friend Steve and his girlfriend Jenny bring a ouija board to communicate with the ghost. When they ask if it is a ghost or a demon, it responds with misspelling, calling itself a "gost". Everyone begins to laugh and make fun of it until the ghost throws the ouija board across the room, scaring Jenny and Steve out of the house. That night, the ghost drags Harry out of the room and has sex with Isabella. The next day Harry finds out and calls his cousin Ray (Josh Hutcherson). That same night, Isabella waits for the ghost until it gets late and leaves. After Isabella leaves, the ghost rapes Harry.

The next day Harry and Isabella make the ghost mad by not getting scared of what it does, leaving him to attack Isabella in the night while Harry listens to music on his computer. In the morning, Harry notices something's wrong with Isabella and calls Father Doug (Kevin Hart) to do an exorcism. When it does not work (the ghost gives out clues of its plan) Harry calls Seth and Joe to help. Mike also rushes into the house to help. During the exorcism, Isabella escapes and goes into the living room. Before Harry and Doug find her, Doug accidentally shoots Rosa, who had come to pick up her last check, and kills her. When they all meet in the living room, Isabella behaves very strangely and escapes to the basement. The group follows and finds her crying in a corner. When Harry reaches for her, she begins to attack him and the whole group begins to beat her up, apparently forcing the ghost out of her body.

The next night, Harry and Isabella have sex with the camera on for about 3 hours. In the middle of the night, Isabella wakes up and stand next to the bed for a few hours before walking out of the room and making a big crash and screaming Harry's name for him to investigate. When Harry comes out of his room, Isabella throws him back and he hits the camera, knocking him out. When Isabella enters the room her shirt is bloody. She crawls to Harry and sniffs his body until he farts in her face. As Isabella lunges at the camera, her face takes on a demonic appearance. Then, the title of the movie appears.

In a post credits scene, Harry wakes up and celebrates that he lived until Isabella comes back in and drags him into darkness, as Harry screams.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

A Haunted House was panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 10%, based on 51 reviews, with an average rating of 2.6/10.[9] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 20 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[10]

Nick Swardson was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his performance in the film.

Home media[edit]

A Haunted House was released on DVD, Blu-ray, Ultraviolet, and digital copy on April 23, 2013.

Sequel[edit]

Main article: A Haunted House 2

On April 8, 2013, it was confirmed that Wayans, Open Road, and IM Global Octane will produce a sequel due to the financial success of the first film. The sequel had begun shooting in early July 2013.[11] On April 18,2014 a sequel titled A Haunted House 2 was released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A HAUNTED HOUSE (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b A Haunted House at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "A Haunted House (2013)". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "A Haunted House". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline Media. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ Yaniz Jr., Robert. "'A Haunted House' Trailer Pokes Fun at Found-Footage Horror". ScreenRant.com (Screen Rant, LLC). Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jan 11, 2013 (2013-01-11). "Marlon Wayans: I Guarantee You"ll Love "A Haunted House" | Z 107.9". Zhiphopcleveland.com. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  7. ^ NBC
  8. ^ "Open Road Films Sets A Haunted House 2 Release Date". ComingSoon.net. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  9. ^ A Haunted House at Rotten Tomatoes
  10. ^ A Haunted House at Metacritic
  11. ^ "Open Road Films Plans A Haunted House 2". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 

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