DETROIT (WWJ) – Tyler Perry’s newest movie, “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” ventures into new territory. It’s the first Halloween movie Perry has done, and one he hadn’t even planned to make. But, the wheels started turning following a phone call from a major Hollywood movie studio.

“Chris Rock … did this movie, ‘Top Five,’ and in it, he did a ‘Boo, a Madea Halloween’ spoof kind of movie, and when Lionsgate saw it, they called me up and said, we gotta do this movie, so that’s where it all started for me,” Perry told WWJ’s Terri Lee during a recent promotional stop in Detroit.

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In his latest movie, Perry portrays divorced dad Brian, who asks Madea to spend the night at his home while he’s away in order to keep his teenage daughter Tiffany from going to a college fraternity’s Halloween party. Madea agrees and takes Joe, Hattie and Aunt Bam along with him. As you might guess, that doesn’t sit well with the rebellious Tiffany, who goes to extreme lengths to convince them to leave. As Madea fans know, she certainly isn’t one to be pushed around, so the battle begins.

“Boo! A Madea Halloween” does tickle the funny bone, and in the movie, Joe gets pretty risque’.

Tyler Perry stars as ‘Joe’ in BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN. Photo Credit: Guy D'Alema

Tyler Perry stars as ‘Joe’ in BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN. Photo Credit: Guy D’Alema

“You know what I did,” Perry went on to say. “I was hanging out with some folks, and my uncles were like that. And I said, you know what, I’m just gonna let Joe say what he wants to say; I’m just gonna let him say whatever he wants to say, like real people do, in this movie. Since it’s a Halloween movie, we’re just gonna go for it.”

And go for it he did, which is new territory for Perry’s films, and it’s also something he says, he plans to continue.

“Absolutely, I’m working on some other things, some different things. I’ve got so much stuff … I’ve got some stuff that’s gonna shock some people. They’re gonna go, was that a Tyler Perry movie, so yeah, we’re gonna do some other things.”

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Will audiences like it? Perry’s betting they will.

“Get ready to laugh. It’s the funniest thing I’ve done; just get ready to laugh. It’s gonna … bring some Aleve or something for the headache you’re gonna have. You’re gonna hurt yourself.”

I, too, think you’ll have a laughing good time watching Perry’s film. In fact, I’m willing to bet that audiences will be laughing throughout much of the movie. But, keep in mind that it’s rated PG-13, so you’ll want to leave the young kids at home.

See you at the movies!

Be sure to tune in to WWJ Newsradio 950 every Friday for my weekly look at the movies with Midday Anchor Jackie Paige.

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