Director: Jason Croot
Cast: Kyri Saphiris, Seye Adelekan, Aiko Horiuchi
Production Company: Foreshore Films
Runtime: 90 minutes
Making a movie isn’t always glamorous and exciting. There are times when production can go horribly wrong. Director Jason Croot investigates these concepts in Le Sequel (2016), a film about the making of a terrible horror movie. The scariest moments always happen behind the scenes…
In the movie, Carlos Revalos (Kyri Saphiris) is a hapless director looking to follow his disastrous first film with a big-budget sequel. The money he hopes to receive never materializes, plunging the production into total chaos. Can a horror movie actually be made under such conditions?
This mockumentary is a sequel to Le Fear (2010), and is reputed to be followed by Le Fear III: Le Cannes and Le Fear IIII: Who Killed Carlos Revalos. It has elements of comedy and horror, with a little science fiction thrown into the mix. Most of all, it’s a disaster movie!
The movie opens with an interesting animated sequence that ironically looks better than any of the effects being produced for the fictional film. Other animated bits appear throughout the movie, especially when a new character is introduced, or when Carlos reaches his boiling point.
Kyri Saphiris from Dead Wood (2014) is in a constant state of exasperation in the role of Carlos. His frustration is palpable, and completely justified. Seye Adelekan plays Efi, the movie’s scheming producer. He’s the main source of all the fictional film’s issues.
The movie also features Aiko Horiuchi from The Grudge 3 (2009), Victoria Hopkins from Zombie Women of Satan 2 (2016), Eleanor James from Slasher House (2012), and Ian Cullen from Hellbreeder (2004). The diverse cast adds a lot to the final product…
I particularly enjoyed the sexual shenanigans provided by Victoria Hopkins in the role of Queenie. She’s the film’s makeup (and make-out) artist. Julian Lamoral-Roberts from Nightscape: Dark Reign of Thanatos (2012) is amusing as the mysterious Dr. Strange too.
Ethnic and racial differences are at the forefront for most of the film. Misunderstandings and language issues plague the ficticious motion picture from the very start. These events made me think of the mythical story of the Tower of Babel: another disaster caused by epic confusion.
Le Sequel exposes the dark underbelly of independent filmmaking. Be thankful it’s only a movie…
– John Migliore
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