“A Haunted House” is a crazy parody on Netflix

Brian Cervantez, [email protected], is a junior mass media major.

Recently, I was looking for a movie to watch and I went looking through the New Releases on Netflix streaming. The movie I found was called “A Haunted House.”

This is another parody movie that consists of horror movies that have come out in past years such as the “Paranormal Activity” movies and “The Devil Inside.” I did not get to see it when it was released in theaters this past January.

The movie follows Malcolm, played by Marlon Wayans, who invites his girlfriend Kisha, played by Essence Atkins, to live with him. She brings a secret with her though, as a demon has possessed her since she was a kid.

The first thing I must say about this movie, is that it is not intended for young children to watch because it has an R rating.

The movie did not have the best cinematography with some of the lighting effects. There seemed to be too much light coming in during a scene where a couple was supposed to be sleeping at night. The scene had them enjoying illegal activities while the spirit was in the room with them, but the brightness of the room made it distracting.

There also was not enough music in the movie to make it fun and enjoyable to watch for me. This was odd to me because usually when I see parodies, music is one of the things that’s done well, but that was not the case this time.

The camera shots were not the greatest either, because some scenes did not have enough headroom for the actors and this looked to be done on purpose, but I could not tell for sure. Some scenes seemed to last too long and I found myself moving around a lot because it did not grab my full attention. There were also a couple scenes that just dragged on too long.

The movie did have some funny moments, but I think the actors were a little over the top in some scenes. Granted, I know it was a parody, but some of the good parodies have been more serious and try not to make me laugh at every given moment.

I felt like some of the scenes were just trying too hard to be funny, which made me get tired of them real quick.

I may not have liked everything about this movie, but I had friends watching it with me so it made it more enjoyable. It is more of a “bad movie night” movie.

I think if I would have watched this movie on my own though, I would have been bored with it too fast.

This reviewer gives “A Haunted House” a 5 out of 10. However, don’t take my word for it and check it out. It is something to potentially watch with friends and laugh at how over the top it is.