Good, Bad & Ugly Review: A Tale of Two Horror Movie Spoofs

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5% (Critics) / 79% (Audience)
Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee
Written By: Pat Proft and David Zucker
Starring: Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan
Studio: The Weinstein Company

Synopsis:A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of home-surveillance cameras and a team of experts, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon. (Source)

The Good:
Proving the axiom that monkeys = funny, the scene with a room full of chimpanzees hurling their own feces made me laugh. What can I say? I am a sucker for simians.

The Bad:
Maybe if the entire film had been cast with monkeys, apes and chimps I would have found some way to enjoy this movie. And while er had all the simians gathered on set they could have been tasked with writing the script too because the one that the humans wrote was dreadful.

The Ugly
The almost pathological need to cram in a supposedly funny commentary on every piece of pop culture that occurred in the last year (up to and including the EVIL DEAD remake that only came out a few weeks ago) felt forced and like every other thing in this movie, was terribly unfunny.

Final Verdict: This once hilarious franchise (SCARY MOVIE 1 & 2 were great) needs to be put out of it’s misery because it is obvious that the people behind the franchise now have no idea how to make a comedy. To gather together the triumvirate of awesome that is Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson and Snoop Dog or Lion or whatever he is calling himself and still create nothing worth watching is just shameful.

Grade: D

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6% (Critics) / 68% (Audience)
Directed By: Michael Tiddes
Written By: Rick Alvarez and Marlon Wayans
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, David Koechner, Nick Swardson, Marlene Forte and Cedric the Entertainer
Studio: Open Road Films

Synopsis: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. (Source)

The Good:
The gusto with which Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins threw themselves into being funny regardless of how ridiculous they had to act and look to do it was commendable. Wayans especially had no boundaries in his zeal to illicit a laugh.
And Cedric the Entertainer is guaranteed to tickle my funny bone no matter what movie he is in.

The Bad:
While I did find myself laughing much more than I thought I would, the comedy missed way more than it scored.

The Ugly
The unspeakable things that Wayans did to that poor stuffed animal was something I really didn’t need to see. Ever.

Final Verdict: I don’t know if it was because I saw SCARY MOVIE V right before I watched A HAUNTED HOUSE and the bar had been set so low that anything would have seemed like a funny improvement but I didn’t mind this movie all that much. Sure it relies too much on cheap gross out humor and some of the sight gags are just cringe worthy but I did laugh more than I expected to.

Grade: C

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