Cesspool of ‘A Haunted House 2’ gets deeper


Catholic News Service

A year ago, we summed up the first “A Haunted House” as “pornographic when not being scatological.” In “A Haunted House 2,” obscene imagery, like an invading virus, has taken over even more territory.

Graphic depictions of body functions return along with the sex acts and racial stereotypes that characterized the original. It’s all supposed to be pulled together as a comedy by the frantic mugging of Marlon Wayans who stars in — and with Rick Alvarez co-wrote — this mess, directed by Michael Tiddes.

We said the first installment “joylessly splashes around in a sewer with a wide range of perverse images.” This time around, the cesspool has only gotten deeper.

The film contains a sacrilegious portrayal of Catholic clergy, drug use, explicit sexual acts, at least one of them aberrant, upper female and rear male nudity, crude sexual banter, constant profanity, frequent racial slurs and pervasive rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive.