Marlon Wayans Doesn't Give A Sh*t About Critics + Teaser Poster For 'Haunted House' Sequel

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 7, 2013 1:56 PM
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"I don’t give a shit. After 'White Chicks' I gave up on reviewers. I was just like, whatever. Whatever you guys want to say. I look at 'White Chicks' and it gets one and a half stars and I’m looking at the audience and I’m hearing the thunderous laughter. I’m just going, you know what, you guys have got a thumb up your ass. You have a fist. It’s a fist up your arse and I’m not going to fight you on it. Just enjoy it and I’m not going to fight you on it. Their opinions are their opinions and I’m not mad at them. The only time they give great reviews is when you do a movie for them. Critics like, I guess, smarter comedy. Scatalogical comedy and weed jokes don’t work for them."

A quote from Marlon Wayans, courtesy of IndieWire, while promoting his latest work, A Haunted House, in Australia. 

Wait - I thought black films don't travel?

But as we've highlighted several times in the past, there is often a disconnect between critics and audiences. And, further, as I've said before, critics, reviews, questions of what quality cinema is, etc, all pretty much are out the window, as long as you can find a aying audience for your film. Of course, that is assuming that making money is your primary motivation, and you don't care about critical acclaim, industry recognition, awards, etc.

Although I'd argue with him about critics not liking what he calls "scatalogical comedy and weed jokes."

Still, the fact that the first film made $40 million on a $2.5 million budget (not including P&A costs), certainly can't be ignored, and is likely what inspired Open Road to announce a sequel to A Haunted House, which the company has set for release on March 28, 2014.

Marlon Wayans co-wrote the A Haunted House, which co-starred Essence Atkins and Cedric The Entertainer. It was released in January, and is currently on DVD, Blu-Ray, and VOD, if you haven't seen it.

The tentative title for the upcoming sequel is A Haunted House 2, which will also be co-written by Wayans, who'll star in it as well.

The film will be financed and produced by IM Global’s genre label Octane, with shooting scheduled to take place this summer.

No word on story however, although, per the press release, expect a similar kind of  R-rated brand of humor.

In the meantime, Open Road has already released a teaser poster for the sequel, which is embedded below:

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4 Comments

  • Tim | May 7, 2013 9:50 PMReply

    He doesn't give a damn about critics...Or writing a good script, or funny jokes or they fact that he is serving his audience entertainment of the lowest common denominator.

  • Sia | May 7, 2013 7:16 PMReply

    I agree that Critics don't matter with some films. Example A Haunted House was trashed by critics yet it made 40 million. Temptation was Also trashed by critics and so was the last Madea movie yet Madea made 66 million and Temptation made 52 million so far. As long as the fanbase is happy then the movie will be a hit.

  • Gary C. | May 7, 2013 2:06 PMReply

    Translation: "The check clears."
    Look, Marlon. Do you but at least have the temerity and admit you make easy, low brow humor flicks because they're the cheapest o make and the easiest to sell.

  • James | May 7, 2013 6:02 PM

    Agreed. Marlon, you're making a living, and that's fine (for real), but at least also be smart enough to understand you also make garbage.

    There is no "game-changing" or "bar-raising" or "innovation" in the product you create. And there's nothing wrong with that. Many folks in your biz make garbage for a living, and a good living it is, indeed. BET's entire programming line-up is dedicated to that capitalist ideal. But call it what it is.

    We don't hear the Akils bragging about how great they are, do we? ...hmmm....Wait a minute, DO we?

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