Director(s) – Derek Braasch (The Lazy Werewolf, Murder for Pleasurer), Matt Cannon (Hexercise), and Marcelo Fabani (Smartest Creature, After Last Day)
Starring – Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th, Leaf Blower Massacre 2), Debbie Rochon (Exhumed, Model Hunger), and Debbie D (Tales for the Midnight Hour, Hayride Slaughter)
Release Date – 2021
Rating – 2/5
It’s not often that a sequel is better than the original film but it does happen at times. I know my opinion on films is often controversial but I think movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Evil Dead II, and Hellbound: Hellraiser II are better than their originals. I’m not knocking the first films but I always found some sequels to be more entertaining that the first film.
When I watched HorrorTales.666 I hoped and prayed that the sequel would be better than the first film. I’m not religious but some higher power answered my prayers but they have a strange sense of humor.
**Spoiler Alert** The film picks up 8ish years since the original film with the burglar (Wynkoop) getting out of jail and returning his thieving ways. He breaks into another home and discovers that the house is haunted and the spirit is forcing him to read a series of new horror tales before his time is up. **Spoiler Alert**
I went into HorrorTales.666 Part II thinking there was no way that this follow up could be as bad as the first film and I was right. However, it wasn’t without it’s own issues and doesn’t really deliver on the cheap fun I look for from indie anthologies. Most of the segments were very underwhelming but one, like the first film, did stand out to me. I loved the weird Christmas centered story directed by Derek Braasch. It was goofy and extremely cheap but my favorite of the film. With that being said, some of the other segments just didn’t fit the movie at all. The first is the segment featuring aliens, space travel, and some sort of woke concept that was very out of place and goofy but not in a fun way. The other was the segment following producer Phil Herman as he was putting together the movie while other actors, musicians, directors, and producers reach out to him asking to be involved in the film. This routine went on for far too long and was something horror fans don’t want to see. Both of these should have been removed which would have helped the films almost two hour fun time.
Finally, this one has much better practical effects and deaths than the first film. The Christmas story is my favorite by far with plenty of the red stuff but some of the other ones are just as enjoyable but not as memorable. The humor with the deaths in the Christ story makes it stand out. Overall, Part 2 was a little better than the first film but still nowhere near as fun as I would have liked. This is another one I hate to say it but should be skipped.