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A haunted house film in which the only ghosts exist within the protagonists' minds, The Sideways Light utilizes audio and visual elements of the horror genre but steers clear of any real frights. Expressing an exuberant amount of directorial patience in the methodical pacing of the film, writer-director Jennifer Harlow approaches this female-centric story as a meticulous exercise in mood and tone. With the help of cinematographer (Jay Keitel), composer (Daniel Hart) and editor (Don Swaynos), Harlow places the audience in the same disorientingly claustrophobic mindset as the protagonists. In practically every frame of this film, sources of light are blown out to the point of distortion, stretching horizontally across the screen and blurring the on screen images, making it unclear what (if anything) might be lurking in the shadows. »
- Don Simpson
Robin Thede has been named head writer of Comedy Central’s much-anticipated “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,” the network’s new hope to stand with its long running “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and continue what has become a cultural institution in latenight.
Thede has been head writer on “The Queen Latifah Show,” a creator of videos for FunnyorDie and an actress. She will be responsible for much of the tone of the new program, which will inject an African-American host and perspective into a daypart that has largely been dominated by Caucasian hosts. Comedy Central said the new program would “feature a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television,” but declined to reveal more.
- Brian Steinberg
October is here, and this weekend begins a month long barrage of horror movies set to invade our local cineplex. Some of these movies will even be available on VOD in the weeks leading up to Halloween! We're seeing more original thrillers this year, as new titles hurry to occupy the slots vacated by holiday perennials Saw and Paranormal Activity. We have plenty to choose from, with creature features and slasher flicks galore, all spanning the gamut between pitch black comedy to blood red terror. There are spin-offs, reboots, and even an old favorite making its return for a much-deserved 10th anniversary celebration. Do you have the heart to make it through this list of fright flicks? Or will your guts spill out onto the floor before you've made it through our '17 New Horror Movies to See before Halloween'!?
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Stars: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Max Greenfield, Ed Helms, Jason Mantzoukas, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Ian Black, Michael Murphy, Kenan Thompson, Jack McBrayer, Ken Marino | Written by David Wain, Michael Showalter | Directed by David Wain
Spoof films are rarely done well. There is so little subtlety in them, and they often result in terribly written and ridiculous slapstick comedy films that mock other films in a very obvious and unrelentingly silly manner (see Scary Movie 4, Date Movie, Disaster Movie, A Haunted House) but this, a satire more than a spoof, finally shows the pretenders how it’s done, bringing a softer hand to a genre that is flooded with terribly over-bearing abominations.
Directed by David Wain (Role Models, Wanderlust) who co-writes it alongside Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), They Came Together is something of a throwback, reminiscent of older spoof-comedy films like Airplane. »
- Chris Cummings
If you enjoyed the Scary Movie franchise or were curious to see a comedic take on James Wan’s The Conjuring, then you might be interested in A Haunted House 2, released on home media earlier this week by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. We’ve been provided with two Blu-ray/DVD combo packs of the Marlon Wayans-starring film to give away to Daily Dead readers.
“Having overcome the demons of his past, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) is ready to start over with his new girlfriend Megan (Jaime Pressly) and her two adorable kids, Wyatt (Steele Stebbins) and Becky (Ashley Rickards). When their house is plaguedby a rash of bizarre paranormal events, Malcolm turns for help to his buddy Miguel (Gabriel Iglesias) and exorcist Father Williams (Cedric the Entertainer) in an attempt to drive the evil spirits from his home. But it turns out it’s not just the house that’s haunted… »
- Derek Anderson
In most scary movies, families are frightened to learn that a ghost is haunting their home, but that isn't exactly the case in our exclusive deleted scene from the spoof comedy A Haunted House 2, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD August 12. A Haunted House star Marlon Wayans returns as Malcolm, who starts fresh with his new girlfriend Megan (Jaime Pressly) and her two children (Steele Stebbins and Ashley Rickards).
Check out this scene you can't see anywhere else, where Megan explains to Malcolm that they have the "best ghost ever," who unpacked their groceries and even cooked a delicious dinner for the family.
Having overcome the demons of his past, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) is ready to start over with his new girlfriend Megan (Jaime Pressly) and her two adorable kids, Wyatt (Steele Stebbins) and Becky (Ashley Rickards). When their house is plagued by a rash of bizarre paranormal events, Malcolm »
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The horror movie genre gets a hilarious makeover when Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie series, White Chicks) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar, The Original Kings of Comedy) star in A Haunted House 2, the outrageous supernatural comedy coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ on »
- Steve Barton
Directed by Jake Kasdan
A couple of weeks ago I went to see Tammy. I didn’t review Tammy because I couldn't find anything to say beyond this: Tammy is an unfocused mess that forgets it’s a comedy, which is sad because it stars someone who can be extremely funny. Tammy is the sort of comedy that can be more offensive than something like say A Haunted House or Movie 43. Those movies, as dumb and insulting as they are, at least try to give you something to laugh at. Tammy rested on its laurels and expected you to laugh just at the concept alone, which is so incredibly frustrating to sit through. Where am I going with this? Well Tammy isn’t the most insulting and offensively bad comedy I have seen this year. That title belongs to, and »
- Craig Dietz
After finding success with the “A Haunted House” franchise, seasoned comedy filmmaker Michael Tiddes has come on to direct Shea and Evan Mirzai's Black List script “Diablo Run,” TheWrap has learned. Mark Canton is producing via his Atmosphere Entertainment banner, and he recently took the project out to 16 buyers including all of the major studios. David Hopwood and Matthew Einstein are producing with Canton. “Diablo Run” was voted to the 2013 Black List of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays, earning more votes than the scripts for upcoming films such as Clint Eastwood‘s “American Sniper” and Gus Van Sant's “Sea of Trees. »
- Jeff Sneider
The original movie was panned by many critics and its sequel, A Haunted House 2, hasn’t fared much better. But that hasn’t stopped Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie) from producing his brand of humour for his audience.
Tell me about A Haunted House 2.
It basically picks up where the first one left off, Malcolm escapes and now he has a new family and they move into a new house and the same old stuff happens. Spooky stuff starts to happen and there is a creepy doll. And his crazy ex-girlfriend moves in next door!
Why did you make A Haunted House 2? »
- Luke Owen
The horror-movie genre gets a hilarious makeover when Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie series, White Chicks) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar, The Original Kings of Comedy) star in A Haunted House 2, the outrageous supernatural comedy coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital HD with UltraViolet on August 12, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The sequel to the box-office hit A Haunted House, A Haunted House 2 conjures up an otherworldly combination of bone-chilling suspense and no-holds-barred comedy for a raunchy and hysterically funny out-of-body experience.
Having overcome the demons of his past, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) is ready to start over with his new girlfriend Megan (Jaime Pressly) and her two adorable kids, Wyatt (Steele Stebbins) and Becky (Ashley Rickards). When their house is plagued by a rash of bizarre paranormal events, Malcolm turns for help to his buddy Miguel (Gabriel Iglesias) and exorcist Father Williams (Cedric the Entertainer) in »
Michael McDowell is probably best known for his screenplays for Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but his earlier horror novels are now being rediscovered as masterpieces of Southern Gothic fiction. Both The Elementals and McDowell’s first novel, The Amulet, are now available as paperbacks and e-books from Valancourt Books and they’ve provided us with the prologue from The Elementals:
“After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait. Something that has terrified Dauphin Savage and »
- Jonathan James
TBS has unveiled the 10 talented comedians slated to compete against one another in Funniest Wins, a new series set to premiere Friday, June 20, at 10 p.m. (Et/Pt). Funniest Wins comes to TBS from comedy heavyweight and WhatTheFunny.com founder Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie, A Haunted House, The Wayans Bros.) and Eyeworks USA. In the series, Wayans, along with some of his comic friends and family, will put the comics through the ringer to find the funniest multi-talented comedian working today. The new series will open with 10 comedic competitors of various types, who range in age from 25 to 40. Each week, guided by Marlon Wayans and a rotating crew of guests, they will learn the ins and outs of a particular comedy style, and then put that knowledge to the test in that week's main competition. At the end of each round, one comic will be sent packing. At the conclusion »
- Tambay A. Obenson
TBS has unveiled the 10 talented comedians slated to compete against one another in Funniest Wins, a new series set to premiere Friday, June 20, at 10 p.m. (Et/Pt). Funniest Wins comes to TBS from comedy heavyweight and WhatTheFunny.com founder Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie, A Haunted House, The Wayans Bros.) and Eyeworks USA. In the series, Wayans, along with some of his comic friends and family, will put the comics through the ringer to find the funniest multi-talented comedian working today. The new series will open with 10 comedic competitors of various types, who range in age from 25 to 40. Each week, guided by Marlon Wayans and a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Coming off a successful career in television and two smaller pictures (The Producers in 1968 and The Twelve Chairs in 1970), Mel Brooks took a chance on a western comedy. This was before the days of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, decades before Scary Movie, and a generation of time (and quality) from Meet the Spartans and A Haunted House. Brooks broke all sorts of social and decency taboos with Blazing Saddles, from the subversive racial commentary to the orchestra of cowboy farts around a campfire. Blazing Saddles turns 40 this year, which makes it as good of a time as any to look back on the production with Mel Brooks himself. The commentary on the original Blu-ray release comes from the initial DVD release back in the late 1990s, but it still has a lot to say about this comedy classic. Blazing Saddles (1974) Commentator: Mel Brooks (co-writer/director) 1. The title of the film went through various names. The »
- Kevin Carr
Review Ron Hogan 21 Apr 2014 - 16:05
Marlon Wayans is back with another spoof of the horror genre, but it's one that's really, really not worth your time...
Just when you thought it was safe to go back onto movie theaters, Marlon Wayans is back and taking aim at the horror genre yet again with yet another spoof movie. Malcolm Johnson (Marlon Wayans) survived the events of A Haunted House, and a year after the possession of Kisha (Essence Adkins), he's found a new girlfriend named Megan (Jaime Pressly) and he's moved into a fancy new house in the suburbs with Megan's children Becky (Ashley Rickards) and Wyatt (Steele Stebbins).
As it turns out, you can't kill your problems in a car wreck, even if your problem is a possessed woman. Malcolm moves into his new house and the problems immediately start. There's a creepy doll, a box that drives Becky insane, »
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" remained in the top spot at the domestic box office with another $27 million, bringing its worldwide total to $586 million. The best opening of the Easter weekend for a new release went to the faith-based film "Heaven is for Real," starring Greg Kinner. The movie, which landed in third place, is based on the real-life story of pastor Todd Burpo, whose young son said he visited heaven during emergency surgery. It earned $21.5 million on a budget of only $12 million and has a 53% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Taking fourth place is Johnny Depp's "Transcendence" sci-fi film, which bombed with $11.2 million on a budget of $100 million. It also has a terrible 20% rating. "The movie just missed its audience," said Warner Bros. Marlon Wayans' "A Haunted House" sequel, which cost only $4 million to make, ended up in fifth place with $9.1 million. The first film hit theaters in »
Amongst other things, this weekend’s release of A Haunted House 2 might make you wonder: Why are the Wayans brothers? That's not an incomplete thought, but a reflection of the existential malaise the barely-were comedians now inspire. Between this movie, its predecessor, a pair of Scary Movies, White Chicks, Dance Flick, and Little Man, Marlon, Shawn, and Keenen Ivory have racked up an embarrassment of embarrassments. Still, at least one Wayans has produced a good movie. 1988’s I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, written, directed by, and starring Keenen Ivory, is everything their recent efforts are not. While both Scary Movies and both A Haunted House movies look down on the horror genre they send up, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka lovingly sends up tropes used in blaxploitation films like Shaft, Dolemite, and Super Fly. In his film, Keenen Ivory broke the genre down to a main theme: black protagonists' »
- Simon Abrams
Open Road Films released their new comedy/horror flick, "A Haunted House" into theaters this weekend. I just watched it , and thought it was pretty good, serving up a ton of laughs, crazy horror scenes, and more. However, there were quite a few lines that were just out right corny as hell. I find that they deliver up quite a few of those in these types of mockery movies. Anyways, It stars: Marlon Wayans, Gabriel Iglesias, Jaime Pressly, Ashley Rickards, Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, and Dave Sheridan. In the new flick, characters ,Malcolm Johnson (Marlon Wayans) and his cousin Ray-Ray (Affion Crockett), end up leaving Malcom's possessed girlfriend Kisha (Essence Atkins) behind after they collide with a truck. Then the movie fast-forwards one year later to show that Malcom is married to a new hot chick, named Megan (Jamie Pressly), who is an insecure woman with two kids: her bratty »
Apparently, it’s hard to keep a good soldier (and movie!) down: Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought in an estimated $9.57 million for Disney/Marvel on Friday night, keeping it in the top spot for its third week in release. The movie — directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans as the ever-likeable Steve Rogers — has been well-received by critics and audiences (it has an A Cinemascore) and is on pace to cross the magic $200 million mark this weekend.
- Sara Vilkomerson
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