Well, this didn’t go half as well as I had hoped.
Video Violence 2 (1987)
Directed By: Gary Cohen (Captives)
Remember my previous review where I gave Video Violence an honorable 6 and praised it for it’s acting, ability to make sense, and plot? We’ll now we move on to a sequel for that very film in, Video Violence 2. And I’m afraid that this time around the honey moon may be over with your humble reviewer and the Video Violence series, which of course ended after part 2. And I guess I could see why. Now, I’m not in the business of burring anyone and their movie, but following what I thought was a very unjustly under appreciated film in, Video Violence, I just can’t believe this is what followed. I’ll admit it, it makes me a sad panda. And I sure hope the phrase “Sad Panda” is still relevant in 2011.
Howard and Eli, the killers from the first Video Violence movie, are back and are now hosting their own TV show. Broadcast secretly from their basement, the show looks at the fine art of murder, letting other aspiring psychos send in videos of their handiwork for the world to enjoy. Some viewers are shocked and horrified, but many more become avid fans, clamoring for more and more blood…And I was clamoring for my pause button because at times I felt as if I was in a very bad acid trip.
On the surface, Video Violence 2, like the original Video Violence, has a pretty interesting plot. It’s not your typical run of mile horror plot. And to think it was a plot from 1987 makes it that much more interesting, as we were quickly approaching a time in horror where most film makers left their common sense and originality at the door. So, as far as any type of praise goes, I will at least admit it was a clever plot. It was very different and a kinda different I can appreciate. However, it just wasn’t executed that well. So ultimately a great idea falls flat due to just overkill on the whole concept.
The film comes off as “The Late Show” only if it was broadcasted from hell. Things are all over the place and it really becomes crash TV that fails to give us any real stability and it can get somewhat annoying. It’s a variety show of horror , but it really does come across as a mess. Some of the skits (we’ll just call them skits), are better than others. But that being said, when it’s bad, it’s REALLY bad. I don’t think I’d be out of line if I just went right ahead and called this whole thing a creative mess. Creative plot of course, but still at the end of the day, just a big mess.
Now the last part of this film is where my MAJOR issues with the film comes into play. I can’t go into too much of details with it because I don’t want to spoil it. But let me just say, we have shark jumping to the highest level! When something first starts (after having seen the original) you’ll for sure let out a giant “WHAT?!” and it’ll go from disbelief to head shaking by the time the film wraps up. I’m sure in a round about way this movie is a social commentary, but jeeeeeez, I don’t even know where to start. Luckily for us all, this film comes with the original. So if you make that purchase, you won’t be getting a waste due to that fact alone. I’m afraid if this film was having to stand on it’s own, without it’s MUCH better predecessor, it would have no legs to stand on.
Well it’s got a creative plot, but it’s not pretty at all. Luckily for us all, you won’t be asked to purchase this film by it’s self. It comes with the original, Video Violence, as well as that new kick ass, The Basement, set over at Alternative Cinema (CLICK THIS to purchase). So alone, this film wouldn’t be worth much the effort. But with the other films it’s just an added supplement to a set that is well worth the money as a whole.
The Rating (4.5/10)