Bloody Murder 2 (2003)
By: Devon B. on September 14, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Region 1, NTSC. 4:3. English DD 5.1, English DD 2.0. English, Spanish Subtitles. Lions Gate (Australia). 92 minutes
The Movie
Director: Rob Spera
Starring: Katy Woodruff, Tyler Sedustine, Amanda Magarian, Kelly Gunning, Tiffany Shepis
Screenplay: John R. Stevenson
Music: Steven Stern
Tagline: The second cut is the deepest.
Country: USA
AKA: Halloween Camp
After being seriously let down by the lack of things to laugh at in the prequel, I naturally concluded that this time the filmmakers would get it right and make an utterly hilarious piece of crap. My logic is evidently flawed.

A camp is closing down for the winter, and the counsellors (who are thankfully younger than the old folks home escapees that were in the original) are finishing up the season. The sister of Jason from the first movie is working at the SAME camp, and is dreaming about Trevor Moorhouse. Trevor has a different mask, this one looking closer to Michael Myers, but with a cowl similar to the Scream killers. Somehow though, the sister dreams about Trevor's new look, not the old one.

Anyway, at the camp, the counsellors play "bloody murder" again. They try to scare a guy with the story of Trevor Moorhouse, but he sees through the local psycho ploy. Or at least, he says he does, because when same "psycho" attacks him later in the game, he cowers like a little baby. He feels stupid, stays out later than the others, then reveals that he's got no bones in his legs when the "real Trevor" attacks him and cuts off his lower limbs with a few hacks of a machete. From there, people begin dying and wondering where the others are and who did it and it's the first movie all over again.

The acting is passable, but not entirely competent, and Bloody Murder 2, really drags at the end. At least there're some actual bloody murders, unlike in the completely mis-titled original. Tiffany Shepis' assets are certainly utilised, but relatively simple gore FX and some boobs don't save this movie from being utterly boring.

There is plenty of plot stupidity, but nothing that's really, you know, funny. A chainsaw enters a body in the back, but exits the front at a 30 degree angle. There's a Scream wannabe debate between a black guy and a girl about who will get killed first. One person has an alibi that would seemingly have nothing to do with the timeframe in which the murders were committed. Police don't take, or even examine, video tape evidence of a crime. A person goes looking for a pager that was on an already recovered corpse. The film manages to eliminate ALL suspects except for one quite a ways from the climax…unless you fall for red herrings real easy, in which case you might be held in suspense like the moron you are. The killer's big plan succeeds because a seemingly small town does NOT remember him after he left, changed his name, then came back. And he doesn't even have Clark Kent glasses.
The DVD presents Bloody Murder 2 at 1.33:1. The film suffers grain and dirt, and the image is a bit soft. Things can get a bit murky in the blacks, and unfortunately, the movie takes place mostly at night. There is some minor speckling, but it's not distracting unless you're looking for it.
The film comes with two audio mixes, a Dolby Digital 5.1 track and a 2.0 one. The 5.1 doesn't make much use of the rear channels, but is still a richer audio experience than the 2.0 track. Dialogue remains clear most of the time, but there is some distortion.
Extra Features
For bonuses there's a photo gallery, which appears to be made up of screen captures, an exercise in stupidity since most DVD players can freeze frame. We also get the trailer and something called Jump to a Bloody Murder, which is clips from the prequel. There're a few horror movie previews, including one for the first movie.
The Verdict
Okay, I've learned my lesson, and probably won't rent Bloody Murder 3, should it ever get made. I am baffled that this series is so awful, and yet not funny. Even as a confessed slasher film fan, I found little of interest in this lacklustre sequel.
Movie Score
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