Interview: Ghost tour with 'A Haunted House 2' stars proves to be spirited time

“There’s definitely more naked in this movie than ‘Magic Mike,’ ” Iglesias said. “I thought I’d seen it all with Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey and being in the backstage area, but I definitely saw a lot more of Marlon than I did of them. You must wax. You’re shiny and smooth everywhere.”

Bielski wrapped up the tour with a story of a little blond girl who has been spotted in the Dome Room, believed by some to be an evil demonic presence. The questions then began. Iglesias raised an index finger to ask if any ghost hunters have brought in devices to test the venue’s energy. (Bielski said many have.) Crockett asked if there is any part of the club that isn’t haunted, or as he called it, “a Jesus V.I.P section.” (Bielski said there isn’t.) Curious, I asked Crockett what a Jesus V.I.P. section might be like.

“Jesus buys bottles of water and then turns them into Ciroc,” Wayans joked.

“And it smells much better than the rest of the place,” Crockett said.

“It smells crazy in here,” Wayans said. “It smells like spirits.”

Both “Haunted House” films have a crass, slapstick tone with moments of bathroom humor — things not usually well received well by critics. The first film earned an extremely low 10 percent rating from critics on rottentomatoes.com. Yet, none of that mattered to the audience Wayans is targeting, judging by the box office results and the non stop laughter at the sequel’s sneak preview at the AMC River East 21 movie theater.

“Their job is to critique,” Wayans said of critics. “I think comedy is the one genre that’s subjective. What some may find not funny, others may find hilarious. I don’t know if that’s my audience. I know my audience is a young, urban, diverse demographic. It’s hard for people with (a) master’s in English to go, ‘You know, that fart joke was brilliant. That’s scatological humor.’ ”

The trio made their way to the main level and stood alongside a vintage rectangular mirror near the entrance to pose for photos. Wayans leaned against the wall casually until he heard female giggles near the mirror. His head turned toward the laughter, which turned out to be a woman with bleached bright pink hair (presumably a Castle employee) trying to walk by Iglesias.

“I thought that was the little girl,” Wayans said, shaking his head. “I was about to say, ‘I’ll (mess) this (ghost) up. I’ll (mess) this ghost up.’”

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