When I saw the trailer for this film I wasn’t sure that I wanted to watch it. I didn’t think it looked crap or anything but honestly… I thought it looked too scary for me. That is the honest truth. The first film scared me; I will admit that – I remember watching it with my friends and absolutely shitting my pants. I don’t know what it is about it. It doesn’t quite scare me as much as ‘The Babadook’ but it definitely still scares me. The second film looked just as scary.
If you’ve seen the first film then you know the basic premise and how it’s about ‘the bogey man’ or whatever. The second film revolves around a different family, a single mother with her two sons. One of the sons can communicate with children in the house who show him tapes similar to the ones we saw in the first film. We all know the basic set up here (spoiler alert for those who didn’t see the first film) – all the tapes get watched, the kid kills their family and then they go with ‘the bogey man’.
This film changed directors but kept Scott Derickson (the original director) as a writer. You notice the change of director as the second film was telling a completely different story. Instead of focusing on the bogey man, this film focused more on the kids and showed them trying to influence and manipulate the family instead of the bogey man scaring them into acting.
This film didn’t waste any time. Most horror films start calmly and then build up to the scares but this one threw you right into the deep end. I was already crapping myself and jumped out of my seat when someone walked into the film late. I must admit though that although the jump scares were effective, I didn’t find it as scary as the first one. The first one managed to scare me even when I was sat in my own living room with my friends. The cinema makes all films scarier. I feel like the first half was scary and then it just kind of died down.
Okay and I just couldn’t believe how much of an asshole that one kid was. Not in an ‘omg-don’t-you-think-that-kid-was-an-asshole’ kind of way, I mean he was so much of an asshole that it wasn’t realistic. Those who have seen it will know exactly who I’m talking about straightaway and I couldn’t take him seriously.
Overall, I think it is what it is. I don’t think it brought anything new to the franchise really, it just continued the story a bit longer. Also, the trailer made it look a lot scarier than it actually was. I guess I’d recommend this film to anyone who enjoyed the first film. If you didn’t like or didn’t particularly have an opinion about the first one then it’s probably not worth your time.