Title: Savage Harvest 2

Also known as:
Savage Harvest 2: October Blood (Complete title)

Year: 2006

Genre: Independent / Horror / Splatter

Language: English

Runtime: 119 min

Director: Jason Christ

Writer: Jason Christ

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0352814/

Plot:
10 years after the brutal deaths of several youngsters, Tyge returns to his home town. He starts hearing about rumors involving demonic possession that might be connected to the infamous massacre, and slowly he finds out that every single word of it is true.

Our thoughts:
Even terrible times eventually come to an end. This is the final movie in the Eric Stanze DVD set from Njutafilms, but this one isn't directed by Eric Stanze. The director here is Jason Christ who also worked on "The Severed Head Network" and the recent "Ratline", as well as acting in "Deadwood Park" and "Ice from the Sun". Eric Stanze acts as producer, editor and actor (and more) in this sequel to his early demon movie. I can't say that the change of director helps the movie a lot - Eric Stanze just barely became better with his "Deadwood Park", so maybe he would've managed to make this an okay movie had he made it himself. But I can't blame Jason Christ too much, at least this is the first film I watch by him so I was a lot more nice going into it.

The story is, just like in any of the Eric Stanze films, too involving. It wants too much and does it for too long - damn you, splatter movies that are 2 hours long! Here it takes place 10 years after the events in the first movie and surrounds people who knew the people in the first one. We have way too much time spent on the characters figuring things out which just becomes boring when it's as amateurish as this. We stop caring around 40 minutes in, and then you have about 30 minutes left of just story, since the violence isn't there until later on (remember, 2 hours long!). Yeah, it's trying to be "Evil Dead" (just like the first one tried to be) but it's just not a good enough demon movie. The demonic stones look ridiculous! The demons are weak and the scares are non-existing.

Once the violence kicks in it's just not good enough. I wouldn't have cared if it was in a movie without a plot, but when the movie is trying to be so much better than it is, for that long, when we know we're just watching it for the gore.. Yeah, I'm out. The gore is probably worse than in any of the Eric Stanze films, which actually have some entertaining bits in that department. This one is the weakest link.

The acting is subpar - we have some scenes that work but most of them are clearly made by amateurs. Emily Haack is of course in this film as well, and I'm getting bored of seeing her in everything by this gang now. She's okay in some of the films but most of all it just seems like a lack of care when they use the same people over and over again (for some companies it work, though!). I won't go into the acting or the characters too much, it's a lowbudget splatter movie so you can't expect too much (no matter how hard the filmmakers tried).

Overall, "Savage Harvest 2" is a very weak follow-up to a very weak movie. I'd say that the story is slightly better in this one but the other one offers more entertainment. If you are a serious Eric Stanze fan then I can guarantee that you will be satisfied - this isn't directed by Stanze but it might as well could've been because there's no stylistic differences! A boring demon movie made by people who should focus less on fooling themselves they are good storytellers.


Positive things:
- Nice to see someone else direct it.
- I expected to hate it more.
Negative things:
- Amateurish all-around, even the gore which is the strong point in Stanze's films.
- Takes too long before the action starts. The story just isn't good enough!

Rating:
Gore: 2.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 1.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

We got this movie from:
Njutafilms.com

It can be bought from:
Discshop.se

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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