What it's about:
Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies, while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
What we thought:
After a too short hiatus Tyler Perry returns as the infamous Madea in his latest comedy/drama/horror.
Madea's nephew Brian (Perry) is having some problems with his stubborn, disobedient teenager daughter Tiffany (Diamond White). You might remember them from Diary of a Mad Black Woman - little Tiffany is all grown up now.
Brian has to go out of town for the night but catches wind of Tiffany's plans to attend a fraternity Halloween party which he has forbid her from doing.
To help keep an eye on her he enlists the help of Madea who is joined by her 'merry gang' of old timers Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), Hattie (Patrice Lovely) and his dad Joe (Perry).
Before Tiffany sneaks out of the house to attend the party she tells the old folks a little tale that the house is haunted.
This sets the tone for the chaos and mayhem that ensues.
Perry enlists some of the popular scare tactics using the horror elements from Saw, The Ring, Poltergiest and Zombies. And I'll be honest it did get some laughs out of me.
No Madea movie is however complete without Perry wading into sermon territory (yawn) which the latter part of the movie is dedicated to.
The plot is an absolute mess, it feels like Perry doesn’t know what type of movie he wants it to be.
When it comes to acting it's really hard to start telling the difference between Madea, Joe and Brian (all played by Perry). It seems like they have all merged into one person. It's just exhausting!
The rest of the cast are all supporting characters to Perry's three and there aren’t any standouts.
The dialogue is a drag as Perry's characters and the other oldies seem to go into long soliloquys which might work on stage but really doesn't work on film.
This is one of those movies that you'll forget the moment you walk out of the cinema.
There's really nothing new to see here, if you've seen one Madea movie you've see it all.
It's time for Perry to clean off the make-up, hang up the dress and ditch that grey wig. #NoMoreMadea
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