Director – Joe Lujan (Atelophobia, The Immortal Wars)
Starring – Corey Taylor (Survive, Hot Tub Party Massacre), Taylor Kilgore (Ghoul, Scare Me), and Morlon Greenwood (Scare Me, TNA Impact Wrestling)
Release Date – 2016
Rating – 3/5
Tagline – “Return to Hell”
I hate when I get a movie in to review from the director and I find myself not liking it. It always makes me feel like an asshole that does not appreciate all their hard work. That’s far from the case. Just because I dislike something doesn’t mean it’s bad. Hell, reviews are subjective and no one should take what I say as definitive.
I just reviewed the horror short Rust from director Joe Lujan and it had a few entertaining moments but at the end of the day it just fell flat with me. Honestly, I was not looking forward to the sequel but I couldn’t leave it with the first one and decided to toss it in.
**Spoiler Alert** The film picks up after the events of the first film with the final girl visiting the abandoned attractions with a police detective and the relative of one of the victims of the first film. When they arrive they discover that the killer is no longer along and has been expecting them. **Spoiler Alert**
I went into this one expecting a mediocre genre flick that would fall under what I like to call Wal-Mart horror. The first film falls painfully into mediocrity but the follow up has a little more heart. Not a lot more but just enough to notice the different between the two. The fact that it was longer made me hesitant at first but I found myself surprisingly enjoy this one somewhat.
The acting in this one is a little more enjoyable than the first film. The characters seem to have a more tolerable personality and the constant screaming is not as annoying as the first film. The story for this one is literally more of the same but we get a little more added to it so it doesn’t feel as boring. It is predictable but you enjoy the ride you take. The torturing doesn’t feel like the main focus of this film like it was with the previous one. We get more character development that builds in very well with the story. In fact, the film really reminded me a lot of the mid-2000s Brain Damage releases which I really enjoy.
Finally, this one relies heavily on the dark environment. We do get some blood but far from the most I’ve seen with an indie production. The effects works for the kills we get but they are not something you will remember when you toss in another flick. Overall, Rust 2 is a well improved follow up to Joe Lujan’s horror short. Everything is improved upon from acting, story, and kills. The first film has some fun moments but this one is well worth the watch. Check it out.