Note: This is film #77 of my film 365 Film Challenge.
Having really enjoyed the first movie I was keen to check out the sequel. And it starts strong, picking up with Cole (Judah Lewis) two years after the night his babysitter and her Satanist friends tried to kill him. The problem is, that Bee (Samara Weaving) covered her tracks exceptionally well, meaning there was no evidence and everyone thought he was lying, or crazy, leading him to become an outcast at school. His parents are concerned about him, and want him to get past it, thinking about admitting him to a psychiatric facility.
Cole decides to bail before his parents can take him, going off with his friend Melanie (Emily Alyn Lynd) and her other friends to a lake party. Unfortunately, at the lake he discovers another satanic cult and has to deal with the fact that the cult members he defeated last time have been resurrected, if they can complete the ritual they come back for good, if not at sunrise they return to the afterlife
Teaming up with Phoebe (Jenna Ortega), an oddball new student Cole finds himself in yet another battle for survival.
I like this movie because it does a great job in parodying the trend of sequels which are just straight retreads of the original, but on a bigger scale. This means we get more killer cultists, and the action takes place around the lake rather than just in Cole’s house.
Like the first movie there’s some gloriously over the top gore on display as characters get whacked in contrived, ridiculous ways. There’s also a cool series of flashbacks in which we see Bee recruiting her fellow cult members. It’s a fast paced, fun and funny movie, which mixes daft, blood-splattered slapstick with postmodern spoofing of the horror genre.
I really dug this movie, and felt it worked as a continuation of Cole’s story, and as a fun, flashy flick. McG’s fingerprints are all over it with quick cuts, showy flourishes and near constant music, but it really works here, making it a visually interesting movie and serving the storyline in assisting with exposition.
Really, really dug it. 9/10.
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