Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best demon movies. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
The media slasher returns!
This unpredictable sequel doesn't use a conventional storytelling structure and mixes more than one subgenres recently popularized. Though the makers know what they want, they hardly give us what we, the audience, are asking for. For one thing, after Part 1’s somewhat abrupt finale, we’d like some answers. These two films don't develop their characters much and the procedural barely evolves.
It is still unsure if it wants to be a slasher, torture porn or puzzle horror. The plot is still clustered and gains additional layers to the point of saturation. It sometimes indulges in the found footage format. As the film gets lost in eccentric detail it only tickles us with, we get emotionally detached. Adding conspiracy theories to the villain’s backstory helps in no way distinguishing him.
Laid to Rest 2 is dense, unpredictable and leaves us wondering if the procedural will pay off. After all, it didn't the first time around. A few plot holes are patched, but straight and implausible answers are too easily provided. The script stumbles and gets up but can ultimately never mix cool, scary and bloody. By default, it is nothing more or less than your basic gorefest.