A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
An American nanny is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.
Following the events from the first film, a different family; a mother and her 2 sons move into a rural house that's marked for death. When the deputy from the first film learns that this family is next in line to fall to the demon Bhughul, he races before time to stop it and save them from the same fate.
(at around 35 mins) The ringtone that plays on Deputy So & So's cellular phone when he investigates the church, is the song "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex. This song is known as one of the top most annoying songs in the world. See more »
(at around 1h 22 mins) After leaving his car in the cornfield, the family runs into the house. Outside the burning house the car appears in the driveway. See more »
A sensitive boy suffering nightmares of hideous murders hides out with his mum and brother from their thuggish father, while a kindly investigator arrives to warn them of the hideous fate that awaits them at the hands of a supernatural malevolence.
You see how hard it is to write a logline for this confused mess? The storyline with the father should simply not be there - it adds a competing menace and completely unbalances the movie. But there was a lot to interest me in the first half, although the use of CGI in the opening scene put me on alert for overkill. The first act plays out nicely, with short scenes presenting brisk little mysteries, particularly in the supermarket. Then a hero comes along, and he's played with aw' shucks comedy - OK, could be interesting. The story is then punctuated with home-movie style sequences of devilishly cruel killings of various families. Definitely interesting, especially that final glance in the snow slaughter scene.
But when the father steps up, the rot sets in. What had been interesting before became too literal and the emphasis was divided between father, spooky ghost children, and the boogy man. I expected an elaboration on the myth of the first film, but not such a departure from the original bone chilling style. This ends up with the story bulldozing through the natural progression and, without explanation, landing us in a cornfield with flames all round. As if the director skipped an entire section of the story while leafing through the script with sticky fingers. I can imagine all sort of shoe-horning and cutting in post production.
The first film disappointed in the final act after scaring the bejeebus out of me, but the sequel ends in a ridiculous scooby doo farce, with zero suspense or frights.
The acting was OK - particularly the boys when they're scrapping - and the movie looks good, editing is rapid, some of the humour works (but none of the jump scares), and the music is interesting - although more silences would have been welcome.
Overall - enough quality for a few points, but badly misconceived at script stage.
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