Tyler Perry and his Madea films look like a bit of a paradox: they’re reliably profitable and popular amongst his fans, despite all of them being met with a universally negative critical onslaught. Having not seen any of the movies featuring the titular character though, I wouldn’t know what they’re like.
Yes, that’s right. I’ve so far lived a Madea-free life and thus have absolutely no idea what she does or even is. Still, it’s come to my attention that Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is now a thing – because people were desperately calling for a sequel, right? – and will be making its way into theatres later this year.
Not only that, but Lionsgate has now released the first trailer for the flick, which is quite brief and frankly, looks rather stupid, with not so much as even a grin passing through my face while watching it. Then again, I’m also not the target audience for Boo 2!, so don’t take my word for it. Give the teaser a watch for yourself up above and see what you think.
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According to Perry, the film will find Madea, Bam and Hattie, whoever they are, journeying to a haunted campground where they must run for the lives when “monsters, goblins, and the bogeyman are unleashed.” The setting is obviously a fertile ground for terror, carrying with it the weight of classics like Friday the 13th, and I’m sure Madea will be drawing from that and other wells of inspiration pretty frequently.
Perhaps it’ll develop the plot of its predecessor, Boo! A Madea Halloween, in which Madea crashes a Halloween house party. According to Wikipedia, the hosts of the party become annoyed with her presence and decide to play some pranks on her. This leaves the character running for her life from all manner of ghosts, ghouls and zombies. Given that it’s sitting pretty at 21% on the Tomatometer and multiple critics are accusing Perry of “phoning it in,” I’m going to assume this isn’t one to rush out and catch up on. Not that I would anyway, because as I said above, this definitely isn’t my type of film.
Still, there’s obviously an audience for this sort of thing and given the performance of previous entries in the franchise, you can bet that they’ll show up in droves when Boo 2! A Madea Halloween arrives in theatres on October 20th.