House of the Dead 2 (2005)
Director: Michael Hurst
Main Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Ed Quinn, Sticky Fingaz, Victoria Pratt, Sid Haig
Storyline: A virus spreads along a university and some scientists and SWAT team invade to stop the zombie like virus.
Review (Spoils): The film starts with some typical TA teenage craziness as for some reason a virus from school is spreading and creating zombies. We learn that a lunatic Professor Curien (Sid Haig) has a main zombie that he trying to bring back to life from the dead. Zombies bite and the virus spreads across the campus until the beautiful Emmanuelle Vaugier comes to the case.
Many zombies, lots of biting and who knew that all SWAT Teams are fine getting changed together no matter what sex and feel very conformable with sexual harassment. There is some blood and the special effects are not bad for a TV movie but the storyline is boring as Hell. The acting is okay, the character Ed Quinn played annoyed me. However, Emmanuelle Vaugier was hot and that held the movie together enough for me to watch it through.
Rating: This film was not great but it had Emmanuelle Vaugier and did not have the stupid video graphics like the first film. In addition, as a bonus we have the classic Sid Haig for the first part of the film and another babe by the name of Victoria Pratt. Better than the first film with all that alone.
Wishmaster 3 (2001)
Director: Chris Angel
Main Stars: Jason Connery, A.J Cook, Tobias Mehler, Lousiette Geiss, Daniella Evangelista, Emmanuelle Vaugier, John Novak
Storyline: The Djinn is back and causes terror at a University.
Review (Spoils): Student working on a project on ancient mythology unleash the djinn (John Novak) again upon the University. He is granting wishes to open the gates of Hell yet again. This time the evil lord is going against the lovely Diana (A.J Cook) who by accident unleashed him and now trying to trick her into her three wishes. When he does not get his way, he tries to use his charm for sexual advances and death to all upon the campus.
This film for the series starts to lose its fun and goes downhill. Number one the djinn in this one is not even scary and the human guise of Jason Connery is horror upon itself. We have some fun lovely and attractive women, which we all know Jason Connery does not have a hope in hell with in real life. Cheesy electric special effects, laser swords, some blood, bad one liners makes this film fall from the once great Wishmaster series. The seduction and overlays in this film are bad and the exploding heart brings the wishes to the lamest yet. In addition, the St. Michael story add in please leave this at the door.
Rating: I personally enjoyed the first two films of this series not sure, if it was because Andrew Divoff is gone as the main Djinn or this film was just stupid and poorly written. This movie was lacking on budget and tried to survive by through babes in it. We should have stuck with just the first two.
Saw 2 (2005)
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Main Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Beverly Mitchell, Franky G, Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dina Meyer
Storyline: Jigsaw is back and laid traps in a shelter to punish those that have taken life for granted.
Review (Spoils): Detective Eric Mathews (Donnie Wahlberg) son gets kidnapped by the notorious Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and starts to lay traps within a shelter in which he comes across multiple people being punished for wasting their so called lives. Time is wasting and counting…..
The film leads into an intro of a man who has a bear trap around his head and must get the key that is located behind his right eye in time to stop the clock. Jigsaw is back and just as nasty as the first time. Detective Eric Mathews has been connected to the Jigsaw murders and the madman thinks it’s time to play with him. We learn that Jigsaw himself is dying from a rapidly-advancing brain cancer and he is punishing all that waste and take advantage of life. When five people wake up in a shelter once again setup for the game (including the return of the survivor in the first film Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith)) they get placed in their paces.
We have the classic bear trap, stabs in the eye, nasty burnings, poison, neck slicing, throat slashing and the classic pig mask. Jigsaw plays out the game in full fold and introduces his first protégé and the connection between them and detective.
Rating: Not as great as the first of the series this one is still not bad. The game all made sense in the end and I love the introduction of the Amanda back into the series. Sometimes it can be confusing with the back and forth but overall this film is still pretty nasty.