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.
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!
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.