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The Houses October Built 2 Blu-ray Review

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The second time is not the charm for “The Houses October Built 2.”

Having survived their previous extreme Blue Skeleton haunt ordeal, the 5 friends from the first film head back on the road to get paid to check out haunted attractions across the U.S. Alas, the group is being followed by members of the Blue Skeleton group. What will happen to them this time? Are things not as they seem?

Despite some structural and editing flaws, the first “The Houses October Built” was an eerie and atmospheric found footage horror film with great settings and a clever documentary esque angle. The sequel tries hard to mimic its predecessor, but the thrill is gone for this cash-in follow-up. From the slapped together “scenes” and the fact that it takes its sweet time getting to the good stuff, it feels like little thought was put into the sequel here. The first hour of the film more or less contains a series of footage from various haunts (which really feels like ads for the places) while the last half hour plus offers up a lame plot twist and the inevitable appearance of you know what. Yes, there are attempts at characterization here with Brandy’s subplot about fear and PTSD, but more often than not, the character actions are profoundly dumb. On top of that, the film has no scares or a sense of dread which makes it hard to care about anything happening on screen.

On the plus side, there are a few moments that are entertaining here. The drone footage is impressive and gives the film a bigger scope, the elaborate zombie 5k run was a cool visual sight, and the unexpected appearance of Kobayashi the competitive food eater amused me.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The cinematography is hit-and-miss and, as such, so is the transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? While far from explosive, the 5.1 DTS track does the job.

Extras: RLJE Films trailers, 4 deleted scenes, a music video for “Halloween Spooks,” a collection of stills of scare actors, and the uncut projection scene.

Overall Thoughts: Stick with the first film.

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December 31, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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