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Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel (2018) – Movie Review

Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel (2018) - Movie Review

I was, and still am, a big fan of the first Hell House LLC movie…so I was more than a little excited to find out that Shudder had funded the release of a sequel to it.

For those of you that don’t already know – Shudder is a movie distribution company that now provides a streaming service online. It only really concentrates on horror and thriller titles (hence the name ‘Shudder’).

Anyway, as I said, more than a little excited about this release.

But…

Time and time again the Found Footage industry gets caught out with sequels…and more often than not I’m left looking for the answer to the same question…

Why did They Bother?

Yep – why did they bother?

The original was so good…there was never really any need for a sequel, or expansion on the plot/storyline.

Now – this was not a bad film, far from it really. If I hadn’t seen the first movie – I would have thoroughly enjoyed this.

But I had seen the first movie.

The main problem here is that this movie lacks the subtle and well created scares of the first movie…because it attempts to use the exact same formula over again.

I’ll level with you – I hate clowns…but I hated the exact same clown mannequins in the first film…therefore the effect was somewhat diluted the second time around.

On reflection, I was also a little disappointed with the character development in the movie…because there wasn’t any really. Sure, we’ve got a character from the first film…but the remainder of the characters seem to be a bit of a ‘cut and paste’ job.

Simply put – I couldn’t give a flying shit if they lived or died…which kinda dilutes the experience further!

Conclusion

If you haven’t seen the first Hell House LLC movie, and are a Found Footage fan, you will LOVE this film.

On the flip side of the coin – if you have seen the first movie, you may feel a little deflated by the end of this one.

It’s a good movie, but it’s been put together to try and squeeze another couple of million out of the horror genre.

I’m trying to remember the last time I watched a Found Footage sequel that didn’t hold some sort of vague disappointment to me…and I think it was probably Creep 2 (now THAT’S how you create a sequel!).

Overall this was not bad, but nowhere near as effective as the original…due to them using the exact same scare tactics. They could have got away with gluing this effort onto the end of the first one – and making it a 2 hour experience instead, maybe?

Anyway – there’s not much more to say about this one, because it’s the exact same product as the first one…so I’m off to chill out with a couple of mates…and if you’re interested in learning more you can read the original review HERE.

Chris

12 Comments

  1. Totally agree with your review. I’d add REC 2 and GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2 for sequels that, if they didn’t feel necessary, at least added something good to the narrative. HELL HOUSE 2 turning the guy who came back into someone who got childhood messages about the Hotel was just stupid and came pretty close to tarnishing the first one for me.`

    • Yeah I wasn’t over the moon with that angle of childhood messages – seemed like a long stretch in plot at best. Two good calls there BTW – REC 2 and GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2 (totally agree!)

  2. It just felt like a 2018 version of the first film. Not a bad FF but honestly except revealing the mystery behind the hotel and characters, it didn’t not add anything new. Almost everything is copied from the first film. Just new actors! For me, TV show part was the best ones. This film is similar to those video game DLCs/expansions which only add cosmetic or small content to the main game.

    • Yep, very much so. They didn’t really add enough to the film to back up it’s creation in the first place. Like you said – very similar to the first offering.

  3. From your review, it seems that HELL HOUSE LLC is a must watch. How I wished you highlighted some peak moments of the movie, anyway I’m glad you didn’t. Let me get the surprises uncovered first hand as I watch the movie. It probably would make it even scarier. Where can I find this movie? On amazon?

    • It’s on the sort of ‘dodgy’ film streaming sites at the moment Bell – not sure if it’s on the more legal sites yet…

  4. From your review, it seems that HELL HOUSE LLC is a must watch. How I wished you highlighted some peak moments of the movie, anyway I’m glad you didn’t. Let me get the surprises uncovered first hand as I watch the movie. It probably would make it even scarier. Where can I find this movie? On amazon?

    • No, not on Amazon at the moment, although the first film is probably on there. If you don’t have a subscription to Shudder’s channel…just watch it illegally (yes, I really did just say that!)

  5. I love founbd footage films, like the REC movies, oh the first 2 were so good, the other 2 turned out to be more action than something else, sadly enough.

    But reading this post, I have the idea I will leave Hell House aside, since you get the feeling it is they want to squeeze every penny out of it.

    Saying that, I have one question for you. Which kind of movies do you prefer, horror/thriller, or the more comedy/relaxing ones?

    • Well considering I own this site – definitely NOT comedy or relaxing films! 

      Don’t miss out on the first Hell House movie because of this one Emmanuel – remember this is a sequel, and the first offering was excellent! 

  6. I’m sucker for found footage movies, even if every critic on the internet says that the genre has been rehashed to death, there’s something I love about it. It’s the whole feeling you know, from the build up up until stuff get’s serious.

    My last FF movie was the first Creep. Amazing movie! It shows you just how normal a person can look like at first sight, before they go off the rails. This one really had me on the edge of my seat.

    Unfortunately Shudder isn’t available in my country, so I have to do with Netflix, which hasn’t got Hell House at the moment in my region, but luckily they have some good horrors from time to time.

    • Ah don’t worry about that Jurgen – watch it on one of the illegal film streaming sites! (I couldn’t give a fuck and I won’t tell anyone!!!!)  🙂

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