If we can say anything good about this ill-advised sequel, is that it's a well made, pretty film. It established a nice, dread-filled atmosphere in which its narrative had room to grow, and it's effective enough to have pulled us in and make us want to see where it went... and then of course, nothing of note ever really happened.
|This is why I never go into the kitchen at night. Ever.|
|This is actually a tender love/sex scene. Honestly.|
|Every time I hear the name Abalam, Black Betty starts playing in my head... and won't stop.|
Most of the movie was slow and plodding, relying on old gags and tired plot devices to carry it along. For instance, Nell sees a random visage of her dead Father staring at her from across a busy street, and after a bus passes between them, he's gone gone! Fresh, right? We're also treated to creepy flash imagery which ends in Nell waking up and realizing "it was just a dream..." She even gets phone calls from (Whoa-oh, Black Betty) Abalam... after she's unplugged the phone! So much of this movie was way too familiar, and not in a good way.
|Cool imagery though.|
(Whoa-oh, Black Betty) Abalam is apparently hot for Nell, and we spend the whole movie being reminded of that fact through various means, all of which never really amounts to much. Everyone around her is an agent of evil, urging Nell to give in to (Whoa-oh, Black Betty) Abalam's will because "she belongs to him", and it all get very repetitive and tiring.
This movie is sorely missing the character of Cotton Marcus, who really made the first film so palatable. Could they not have had him somehow survive the events of the first movie, and spend the sequel tracking Nell down to either help her or kill her? They could have went that way and made this movie a solid sequel. Too bad they didn't.
|I'm guessing that (Whoa-oh, Black Betty) Abalam is a horny demon that likes to be inappropriate with young girls.|
Ashley Bell is not to blame for this movie's shortcomings and failings; she's a good little actress and she did what she could here with the limited material she had to work with. She's also cute as a button, so lay off of her!