Horrorfest 2022 Presents: The Stepfather II (1989, Jeff Burr),


The first Stepfather movie is an effective cult classic that works very well and literally created Lifetime movies before they existed (shoutout to Joe Bob Briggs for pointing that out). We ended up with a sequel that shouldn’t have happened cause if you saw the first movie he well, should have been dead. I know we are used to slasher villains being indestructible but come on, man! This is ridiculous.

Terry O’Quinn isn’t given the same great one liners as he was in the first movie, and he seems to be second banana at times in his own movie. The people in this one pale in comparison to the mom and daughter in the first movie, and it’s too bad since Meg Foster is a good actress. I was left bored for most of this movie which is a bad thing and nothing really cool happens until much later.

It’s almost as if they forgot everything that made the first movie good. Too bad, and I won’t bother with the third movie. I doubt it’s nothing more but diminishing returns. The ending was oddly satisfying, at least, mostly because it meant the movie was over. Thank God I watched this for free on Crackle. I did like Caroline Williams in this one, she should have been the main lady instead.

Horrorfest 2018 Presents: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986, Tobe Hooper)


My Halloween night was rather busy for someone who decided to stay in. I watched a couple flicks to start the day, then began drinking around 4 or 5. I spent a couple hours handing out candy to a bunch of trick or treaters until 8:30, while also viewing Hot Fuzz with a friend who had never seen it before. So when I made it upstairs to watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, I was tired and ready to pass out, which I did. Only to wake up at 2 in the morning annoyed and thirsty. I grabbed some brews and put on my copy of Tobe Hooper’s cult classic sequel, which I found on blu ray at Best Buy earlier that month, and hit play.

Although this flick does not live up to the original classic, it is still a fun gory time. Dennis Hopper is an excellent choice as Lefty, the Texas lawman who desires revenge against the infamous Sawyer clan. Aiding him is rock DJ Vanita, played by the awesome Caroline Williams. However Bill Moseley steals the movie as Brick Top, in an equal parts creepy and funny performance. It also helps that Hooper came back to helm this one, as it follows the events of the original a decade later. 

Thus my Horrorfest was concluded with a good solid slasher film, which is fitting considering how much I love the genre at this point. Also all of my four Halloween viewings were physical media ones, in contrast to my usual large use of streaming these days. Check out TCM 2, a late happy Halloween to all, and a see you all for Horrorfest 2019.

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