Killjoy 2: Deliverance from Evil (2002)

REVIEW BY: Jeffrey Long


COMPANY: Full Moon Entertainment

RUNTIME: 77 mins

FORMAT: DVD

PLOT: En-route to a run-down shelter they are set to renovate as community service, a group of juvenile delinquents and the two chaperones accompanying them run into a minor setback when their bus breaks down on a deserted highway in the middle of nowhere. When trying to find a phone, one of the teens is shot and the group finds shelter with a voodoo priestess. While trying to use voodoo to save their friend, two of the teens accidentally unleash the evil spirit known as Killjoy.

REVIEW:
Much like with the first movie, Killjoy 2: Deliverance From Evil also appears to have been filmed on a home video camera, with the video and audio that you would expect to come from such. Also like with the first movie, It takes way too long before anything happens in regards to the title character showing up (over halfway through the movie in this instance), and even after he shows up they completely disregard what was established about his character in the previous movie, and the things he can do, powers-wise. Gone is the warping in and out of his demon-created mind-bendy dimension - this time around he's just another generic teen slasher that could easily be replaced by Jason or Michael if it wasn't for the constant one-liner attempts.


However, despite the lack of continuity with the first movie, this one is actually slightly better. To start, there's actually some semblance of a coherent plot this time, in a setting that actually has the potential to be creepy (lost in the middle of a forest during the night), with characters that we actually get to have some characterization for and can kind of get behind, despite being teen trouble-makers in Juvi. And even though it's a different actor for the demon clown this time, the guy who plays him is still really good, if not better then the guy in the first. Actually, he's one of the few decent actors in this.



Overall, while this one is better then the first movie, it only is by just a smidgeon, as while it improves in some areas (plot and characters) it also takes a step back in others (I preferred how the first movie handled the character of Killjoy more then I did this one, giving him more interesting things to do other then just be a generic teen slasher). Still, at least it's a step in the right direction, and I've still got another of these things to go through, so just maybe that will continue the trend started here.

4/10 rooms in the Psych Ward


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