Wow. This sequel moves almost completely away from the tension and atmosphere of the first movie but still, somehow, manages to be almost as good, thanks to some real kitsch moments and fun ideas. The direction from Brian Trenchard-Smith may be unspectacular but the script, once again by Joe Augustyn, keeps things rattling along at a pace guaranteeing few chances for boredom.
Angela (again played by Amelia Kinkade) , kind of head demon nowadays, is back and although the house from the first movie is still the focal point the demons do get a little road trip this time around. There are more death scenes, some more decent gore and more . . . . . . . . . super nuns. Yes, you read that right. A super nun who kicks ass in a nun style-ee. Fantastic.
It’s things like that which make this movie a whole lot of fun: the super nun, who’s also as strict as can be, the religious student with an unhealthy interest in demonology, the dumb characters who you can’t wait to see die. Sometimes these things are really annoying but here they just get added to the mix in a way that continues the sense of fun from the first movie (there are a nice couple of links to the first movie as well). The demons may seem a little more straightforward and vampiric this time around but that doesn’t take away from the entertainment factor.
It was also fun, for me anyway, to see Rod McCary playing a character you can well believe is simply an older version of his role in Stir Crazy and fans of the lovely Christine Taylor will enjoy seeing her in one of her early movie roles.
With this and the next movie we have sequels that, while not up to the same standard, are certainly far from awful considering how quickly many franchises start to slide in quality. Fans should plenty to keep them happy with each of these movies.
DIRECTOR: BRIAN TRENCHARD-SMITH
CAST: AMELIA KINKADE, MERLE KENNEDY, JENNIFER RHODES, CHRISTINE TAYLOR
RUNTIME: 96 MINS APPROX