BluRay/DVD Reviews


By • Nov 27th, 2003 •

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New Line Home Entertainment / 2002 / Rated ‘R’ / Widescreen and Full Frame versions.

A year later and it seems Death saw more of a pattern than we were led to believe in Part One. A continuation of a light-hearted concept spun off from the much darker, and far cheaper CARNIVAL OF SOULS (Criterion DVD – made in 1962), FD2 is a fun watch, with exquisitely choreographed death scenes a la THE OMEN, enjoyable little horror film references to make viewers feel ‘in’, and a spritely pace. Most of the casting is smart, and the performances are respectable. The original JEEPERS CREEPERS had such unlikeable protagonists; here we’re allowed to sympathize. I have to admit I couldn’t quite get my mind around the intricacies of the ‘way out’, but that’s okay. As these teen pleasers go, it was relatively logical.

Just as Universal is the king of the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s horrors, so New Line takes the title for the past few decades. A slew of ‘Freddie’ films is available on DVD (for my taste, WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE is the one to own), and coming soon are the remake of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and FREDDIE VS JASON, which I missed in the theaters but have heard nothing but good things about as a mass audience experience.

My only gripe…I really wanted to see FD2’s manifestation of Death, but all we get to see is its handiwork.

Special Features:
Uses a gimmick called ‘infinifilm’ which allows you to access ‘making of’ snippets while watching the movie.
Filmmaker Commentary with Director David Ellis, Producer Craig Perry, and Screenwriters Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber.
Deleted/alternate scenes with commentary. DVD-ROM.

Production Design by Michael Bolton.
Director of Photography Gary Capo.
Produced by Warren Zoe and Craig Perry.
Screenplay by J. Mackye Gruber & Eric Bress.
Directed David R. Ellis.

Ali Larter, A.J.Cook, Michael Landes.

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