Thursday, October 1, 2015

DVD Review - The Invoking 2

It should be no surprise to anyone that knows me that I go a little crazy around Halloween, even on this blog. For the entire month, I will be posting 31 Halloween Madness posts!

A great way to kickoff the Halloween event is with a review of a new horror flick - The Invoking 2 (SRP: $27.97) from RLJ Entertainment. If you've never heard of the first film that was released in 2013, well, then you're not along as I've never seen the movie either.

The sequel is actually an anthology with six different supernatural tales - U-Turn, Insane, Alone, Do Not Disturb, Natal and Melissa.

Directed by Jamie DeWolf (Smoked), U-Turn centers on a man driving on Highway 116 in the early morning hours. Out of nowhere, he stumbles upon a young woman holding a baby on the side of the road and he offers them a ride. Little did he know that it would be the worst mistake of his life.

Directed by Adam O'Brien (Zombieworld), Insane takes place at Wavel Hill, WV, where a horror movie director is getting a tour of an abandoned hospital that is said to be haunted, but he soon realizes that he's in his very own horror flick as the evil spirits there have awaken.

Directed by Jay Holben (Back Tar Road), Alone is set in Killington, Vermont and centers on a paranoid young woman who believes that someone or something is in her home. Sadly, her suspicions come true and a supernatural force comes for her.

Directed by Patrick Rea (Nailbiter), Do Not Disturb is set in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and centers on a serial killer that is hiding out at a hotel while there is a manhunt for him. All he wants is some peace and quiet while he plan his next move, but a supernatural being has other plans for him.

Directed by Corey Norman (The Hanover House), Natal is set in Solon, Maine, where a young woman recovering from a mental breakdown travels to a cabin by the lake with her friends. Her plans of relaxing quickly disappear as she begins to hear a scraping sound at night that only she can hear.

Directed by Jamie DeWolf, Melissa is the last and shortest short in the anthology. It centers on a young woman that is freaking out about the masked stranger that is standing in her yard late at night.

This isn't the first low-budge horror film for me, as I have seen hundreds of them over the years. (Remember, I said I was a horror fan!). What goes along with low-budget horror flicks? Bad acting! And I'm afraid there is plenty of bad acting throughout The Invoking 2! Though the running time is 83 minutes, it feels a lot shorter, and I suppose that has something to do with this being an anthology. My two favorites from this were Insane and Alone. The others were just alright to me. Overall, The Invoking 2 is no Trick'r Treat, but it's fast pacing and supernatural plots are slightly entertaining, and not quite as bad as you might think it would be.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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