Director: Joe Lujan
Cast: Bill Oberst Jr., Corey Taylor, Brittany Enos
Production Company: Carcass Studios
Runtime: 67 minutes
Some people are afraid of not being good enough, but being too good can have its drawbacks too. This concept is explored in Joe Lujan’s savage sequel to Atelophobia (2015). The often brutal and sadistic Atelophobia: Chapter 2 (2017) is set in a world where its predecessor was only a popular movie…
In the movie, fans of Atelophobia decide to recreate the vicious events of that film. The original cast members and the director are kidnapped, and forced to play a dangerous game of survival. Will any of them live through the agonizing ordeal that must follow?
Some scenes have a found footage vibe to them, thanks to the kidnappers recording their crimes. This adds another dynamic to the movie that helps to make the events seem more real. The opening scenes that include media footage have a similar effect.
Ashley Campbell from Axemas (2017) is back in the role of Jessica. In fact, almost everyone from the first movie returns for this one. Bill Oberst Jr. from Death Camp (2018), At Granny’s House (2015), and Hell’s Kitty (2018) also makes a memorable appearance.
Atelophobia: Chapter 2 can now join the ranks of other self-referential horror movies, such as Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994), and The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011). It’s important to note that the meta references in this movie aren’t satirical in nature.
Some films, like Scream (1996) and Shaun of the Dead (2004), have comedic elements that point out tropes used in the horror genre. This film is more serious in tone, while still playing with your knowledge of the previous film and typical sequel expectations.
Also known as Atelophobia: Throes of a Monarch, this film is a worthy sequel to the original. In many ways, it’s even better than the first one. You do have to see them in order to really appreciate what this movie brings to the franchise, but it can be watched on its own.
Many scenes are visually striking, featuring dramatic choices in both lighting and cinematography. The original music by Eric Wyer also does a great job of setting a creepy mood. Atelophobia: Chapter 2 brings the pain and makes it feel real too…
– John Migliore
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