Title: La herencia Valdemar 2

Also known as:
The Valdemar Legacy 2: The Forbidden Shadow
La herencia Valdemar 2: La sombra prohibida
A Herança Valdemar 2: A Sombra Proibida
The Forbidden Shadow

Year: 2010

Genre: Horror / Mystery / Thriller

Language: Spanish

Runtime: 92 min

Director: José Luis Alemán

Writer: José Luis Alemán

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727800/

Luisa manages to escape her captors and flees into the woods where she is nearly run over by her colleagues who've been trying to find her since her disappearance. Luisa is taken in by a gypsy woman while her friends are abducted by the same men who held her captive. It's from the gypsy that Luisa learns that there is more going on than she could possibly imagine and that there are plans to use her and others to help summon ancient gods. The Great Old Ones.

Our thoughts:
After watching the first "La herencia Valdemar" movie I had thought about reviewing it but I decided not to bother because the movie was absolutely pointless, boring and just plain bad. If that was the case then why did I bother to watch the sequel? Because a trailer for the second film was tacked onto the tail end of the first movie and Cthulhu himself made an appearance in it, which was enough to make me give it a try. It shouldn't have come as a surprise that "La herencia Valdemar 2" was as terrible as its predecessor.

In the first "La herencia Valdemar" movie, the entire runtime was spent on giving a back story to the house and its owner, Lázaro Valdemar, who becomes obsessed with the world of the occult after a seance results in the passing of his wife. Nothing else. Nothing remotely of interest happens; it's all about explaining, in excruciating detail, the back story of the goddamn Valdemar mansion and what would be a side character in the second film.

So what is "La herencia Valdemar 2" about? Well, it's about explaining, in excruciating detail, the back story of why all of our protagonists -- our would be sacrifices of a cult ritual -- are at the house from the first movie. Then we get a resolution that wraps up both movies in 5 minutes.

The "La herencia Valdemar" movies should be used in any filmmaking/screen writing class as what not to do. It took two movies with a combined running time of 196 minutes to tell a single story that could have, and should have been told over the course of one movie. At no point does José Luis Alemán trust the audience and let them fill in the gaps of a story. Instead he holds our hand and tells us every single detail of the movie to make sure we understand the characters and what is going on. Because of this, nothing ever actually happens in the movie. Instead it is literally scene after scene of exposition and he never shows anything -- it's all told to us. By that I mean, they never let a scene or an action from a character speak about what's going on. Instead, if something happens, we have a character who comes in and explains, before and after, what just happened and why.

For example: In the second movie, we see the character Santiago having a conversation with people in a room who aren't really there. That's enough to get us to understand that character is delusional and or insane. That's all that is needed. But that wasn't good enough so we have another character consistently remind us that Santiago is insane or Santiago himself reminds us of that fact too.

There isn't much else to comment on either "La herencia Valdemar" because it's all expository dialogue. When the movies decide to actually be movies and have demons and monsters appear, they are so poorly executed that you will laugh and shake your head in disbelief. I mean, what else are you suppose to do when you see a poorly CGI rendered zombie-ish creature running up cave walls while generic cat growl sound effects are used for the noises the creature makes?

As kids would say, fuck that shit. But I'm not so much annoyed with the "La herencia Valdemar" movies from being unwatchable as I am with the time that I wasted watching them. Especially since it felt like I watched the same goddamn pointless movie twice. It amazes me that these are actually high-end, big budget movies from Spain. When " La Matanza Caníbal de los Garrulos Lisérgicos" is the better movie, on a technical level, then there is a problem.

Positive things:
- Nothing.
Negative things:
- An awful and unwatchable movie.
- Took two movies to tell one story.
- Composed almost entirely of needless dialogue.
- Shockingly bad CGI.
- Fucking dumb. No logic, anywhere. Not even popcorn logic

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 1.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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