Has Johnny Depp's star finally fallen? 11 years after emerging as Hollywood's most unlikely movie star, Depp has suffered one of his biggest box office bombs yet with 'Transcendence,' which opened poorly enough for us to wonder if audiences are simply done with him. In fact, this weekend was a startling reminder that the only constants you'll find at the box office tend to be superhero movies and animated movies starring talking animals.
A Haunted House 2
'A Haunted House 2' did not screen early for critics. On Thursday, I received an email from my editor suggesting that I pay to see 'A Haunted House 2' at a movie theater on Friday morning. I tried using the "but I haven’t seen the first ‘Haunted House'" excuse, but that seemed to have little to no impact on this request. Who knows? Maybe it’s hilarious? On Friday morning, I purchased a ticked for the 10:45 a.m. screening of 'A Haunted House 2.' While watching, I kept a running diary of the events that transpired. It was a fairly miserable experience. Here’s how all that went:
'A Haunted House 2' is back and spoofing some more popular horror movies, like 'The Conjuring' and the 'Paranormal Activity' franchise because those are always a thing, and there's some vague exorcism references that could be from just about anything. The film has just scared up a red band trailer, itself a spoof of the Facebook "look back" videos that were popular, you know, a few months ago -- so yeah, this is pretty much in keeping with how timely the humor and references are in these films.