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Title: Le Fear 2: Le Sequel

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Year: 2015

Genre: Independent / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 90 min

Director: Jason Croot

Writer: Jason Croot


Carlos Revalos returns to create a big buget sequel to "Le Fear", but the results will be just as miserable. The first warning sign is that the shooting locations turns out to be a shoddy caravan.

Our thoughts:
You may or may not remember our review for "Le Fear" (odds are that you don't remember it - but I remember writing it at least!), a somewhat funny movie about a failed film production. One of my issues with it was that the movie seemed rather shallow in how much it showed of the film production, and noted in my review that I hoped Jason Croot's sequel (which had been announced already back then) would be a better look into a production. Let me introduce you to "Le Fear 2: Le Sequel":

Carlos is back again to make a sequel to his horror movie "Le Fear", and nothing goes quite as he planned. Again. Despite having a bigger budget, the results will be catastrophic. His location turns out to be a shitty caravan, the witch doctor he wanted in the movie wouldn't scare a child and the monster... well it looks more like a balloon than an alien. Yet again Carlos' masterpiece will turn into a crappy D-grade movie thanks to the misunderstandings among his crew.

"Le Fear 2: Le Sequel" does actually manage to feel like the inside-look of a failed film production that the first one rarely succeeded with. The sequel mostly takes us along on the actual production of the film, jumping between setting things up, discussions between cast and crew, and failed takes. It doesn't feel as disjointed as the first one did. It certainly adds to the whole thing that they're spending most of the time in and around a caravan - a nice little touch that ties together all the scenes whether they are random side-jokes or part of the filmmaking plot.

Unfortunately, it just turns out that I didn't feel like another movie was needed. The jokes are alright, but it seems to offer very little that the first one didn't. It's a bit daunting to know that Jason Croot already has 3 more sequels planned ("Le Cannes", "Who Killed Carlos Revalos" and "Le Prequel"). However, if you haven't seen the first movie, or absolutely loved the first one, then I think you will enjoy what "Le Fear 2: Le Sequel" has to offer. It's just the right blend of over-the-top stupid and realistic reactions for it to work, and that's one of the biggest compliments to Jason Croot's and all the actor's work on both movies.

"Le Fear 2: Le Sequel" has some funny jokes and some that just aren't. What makes it work is the great blend of really stupid things happening, while the cast remains serious. Where most silly independent comedies nowadays try to be as self-aware as possible, Jason Croot's films about Carlos Revalos and his film productions have actors that take the most over-the-top scenes seriously. It makes it a lot funnier, even if not everything works. If you enjoyed the first one then this offers more of the same, while I personally realized through-out this sequel that I didn't feel like another one was needed. If you love what Jason Croot has to offer, you should keep an eye out for this and his upcoming 3 sequels.

Positive things:
- The actor play it seriously even when the jokes are really stupid.
- Has a few funny jokes.
- Feels more like an actual film production than the first one.

Negative things:
- It appears that the joke had ran its course in the first one. At least for me.
- He has 3 more sequels lined up! That just seems a bit much to me.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 0.5/5
Comedy: 2.5/5

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