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Bloody Murder 2

Artisan // 2003 // 83 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // February 18th, 2003

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All Rise...

The Charge

The second cut is always the deepest.

The Case

It's been about five years since the poorly named Trevor Moorehouse terrorized Camp Placid Pines, racking up a body count that would make John Wayne Gacy envious. In the cleverly titled Bloody Murder 2, Trevor is back to settle the score! It's time to close for the winter at Camp Placid Pines, but something terrifying is once again lurking in the woods (could it be…cheap-o filmmakers!?!) and the counselors are starting to drop like flies. Tracy (newcomer Katy Woodruff), whose brother Jason was one of Trevor's first victims, has been seeing a man in a white mask trampling around the woods. Could it be Leatherface? Jason Voorhees? An unnamed stunt double looking to beef up his résumé? Of course not! It's Trevor Moorehouse, carrying a machete, chainsaw, and other fun implements-o-death! As each teenage boob (and I mean that both figuratively and quite literally) is slaughtered, it's up to Tracy to figure just who's offing her friends before it's too late.

The original Bloody Murder was one of the first DVDs I reviewed when I started working at DVD Verdict 2 1/2 long years ago. It was a bad, baaad movie. Stinky diaper bad. If you can believe it, this tepid sequel is even worse—filled with stock horror characters, bad dialogue and even worse special effects, Bloody Murder 2 plays like a student film project gone horribly awry. The story is so inconsistent that it might be mistaken as surrealism in the vein of Salvador Dali. Not one of the actors comes off as believable. Everyone—and I mean everyone—has successfully hit the final nail on the death coffin of their careers (especially the girl who shows off her ta-tas during a naughty shower scene). As for the story, it's a complete and utter rip-off of the far superior Friday the 13th series. The funny thing is that while the DVD cover features a guy in a hockey mask, the actual film sports a person wearing some kind of blank white face mask that appears to have been purchased at a half-price after Halloween sale. Any element of fright that may have been in the screenplay is long gone in the final cut of the film. Apparently the filmmakers never realized that a killer isn't scary when he's walking around in broad daylight in full view of the other characters. But what do you expect from people who practically plagiarize a sub-genre of film (summer camp horror movies) that's nearly as dead as the characters in their story? Bloody Murder 2 also takes its inspiration from Wes Craven's self referencing Scream series. There's even a scene where one character discusses what would happen if they were in a horror movie…just like in Scream. Whodathunkit? At the end of the movie Trevor Moorehouse is unmasked to reveal…oh, but I don't want to spoil it. Let's just say that early on there's a scene that so obviously tells us who the murderer is that it's about as subtle as whacking the viewer over the head with a frying pan. Which, coincidentally, would be preferable to sitting through Bloody Murder 3.

Bloody Murder 2 is presented in a muddy looking 1.33:1 full frame transfer. I suspect that this film was shot in this full frame aspect ratio, so I have no complaints there. What I do have a complaint about is the lackluster look of the image. Filled with grain, dirt and a softness in the picture, this transfer leaves much to be desired. The soundtrack is presented in both Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English. Umm…I guess that either of these mixes will do just fine. The 5.1 mix includes a few sporadic directional effects, though they often sound canned and tacked on during post-production. Some of the dialogue appears to have been recorded low with a slight amount of distortion entering the mix. Overall the soundtrack and video portion of this disc are only mediocre at best. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles.

Artisan has mercifully added only a few scant extra features to this disc. Fans get a trailer for Bloody Murder 2, a pointless photo gallery, a feature that allows the viewer to "jump to a bloody murder" (taken directly off of the New Line Nightmare on Elm Street and Jason Goes To Hell/Jason X discs), and trailers for the Artisan horror movies The Pool, Le6ion of the Dead, Wendigo, and the original Bloody Murder.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 19

Perp Profile

Studio: Artisan
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
• English
• Spanish
Running Time: 83 Minutes
Release Year: 2003
MPAA Rating: Rated R
• Bad
• Horror

Distinguishing Marks

• Theatrical Trailers
• Photo Gallery
• "Jump To A Bloody Murder" Feature


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