Top positive review
on April 6, 2016
I would actually rate this 3.5 stars out of five, since it's not quite as good as the first film, but it's better than just okay, so 4 stars it is. This movie picks up right where the last one left off, and it hits all the high notes of a slasher sequel. It helps if you've already seen part 1, but you can watch this film without it, because the storytelling allows a new audience to suspect someone the old audience already knows is alright. It's a very clever trick of perspective. (Minor spoilers ahoy) Jannicke is brought to a hospital for treatment, but she's not safe yet. This hospital is on the verge of being closed down and has a skeleton crew and just a few straggler patients left - the better to create a sense of isolation and desolation when the killer winds up stalking the halls. I'll leave the how of that turn of events spoiler free, but suffice it to say it is no more ridiculous than anything the Friday the 13th or Halloween franchises have come up with. This time around we have a new director who is not as averse to using silly jump scares as Roar Uthaug was in Part 1, but to make up for it, we get some of the spookiest "don't open that door" moments I've seen lately on film. We also have a cast of characters who make decisions that are not intrinsically bone-headed. Even when you wish they wouldn't do that thing they're about to do, you understand the reason why they're going to do it anyway. This is very much worth the watch if you've seen Part 1, and I wouldn't warn people who haven't seen Part 1 away from it either. I'm going to look into Part 3, which I understand is an origin story. Not sure if I want to see that one yet though. Part 2 was actually quite satisfying as a capper to this tale.