The Invoking 2 (2013) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Jamie DeWolf, Jay Holben, Corey Norman, Adam O’Brien, Patrick Rea
Starring: Allen Lowman, Andrew Fleming, Meghan McNicol
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of discs: 1
Available from IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
Although hundreds of disturbing paranormal events occur every year, most of these chilling encounters go unreported… until now. Bear witness as hapless victims experience the unspeakable terror of confronting demonic forces, murderous poltergeists and other evil entities that are dead set on claiming their souls. Descend into an abyss of waking nightmares as these bloodthirsty, malevolent spirits seek to possess their prey and drag them—kicking and screaming—to hell.
The Invoking 2 seems to be a sequel to The Invoking in name only, but that isn’t a bad thing really. Instead of following the format, we instead get an anthology this time around. Each story revolves around some form of paranormal tale, but if there is one bummer to it, it is that we have that theme but no wrap-around story or glue to make them flow. I’m not saying we need a sort of “Crypt Keeper” here to round things out, but at least something other than randomly tossing stories at us might have helped things out just a bit. Still, there is some good things here. There are a few that sorta fall flat, but I was shocked in a good way at some of the gore we randomly get tossed at us. Even if it isn’t a blood bath, you can get some fun out of just about anything when you toss some blood into the mix. One other good thing here is some of these segments are a bit short, which means if you aren’t feeling what is going down on-screen, you don’t have to wait long until it’s over and we move on to another one.
Among what you get in The Invoking 2 is things get started off with a man picking up a woman on the side of the road, which leads to a short but sweet reveal. From there we have detectives investigating a place and not being lone. A girl who seems to be haunted by herself not just figuratively, but literally. A man on the run from the law, but can’t escape something else that seems to know where he is and what he’s done. A group of friends heading to the woods (you know how that goes). While there some stuff comes to light and one of them might be possess d. Finally, it wraps with a woman seeing a strange thing or being outside her window. Some of the stuff comes across a little weak, but there are a couple, like the detective one at the start and the camping one near the end that really stand-out in a good way and might have even made OKAY full length films. I admit I wasn’t expecting much heading into this, but I was very surprised with the end results and it is a perfectly acceptable watch.
– Trailers (They play at the start of the DVD)