Monday, November 6, 2017
The Poltergeist of Borley Forest (a.k.a. American Poltergeist 2; a.k.a. You Will Love Me) (2013)
Fun fact: American Poltergeist 1 came out in 2015, two years after this film was released. If nothing else then this should give you an idea of what we're in for. The joy of Hollywood is that they'll sometimes put out films that already exist under another moniker in hopes that being related to something else will help them sell. A great example of this are some of the later Hellraiser films where they were completed scripts without any of the Cenobites or Hellraiser related items. The studio said they needed to add those things to the script and then they'd make the movie because it was already a bad movie which they knew they couldn't sell. There's also Dark Harvest 2: The Maize which was a film made by Bill Cowell because I had just bought a new camera and wanted to test it out. He wrote a shitty script and had his family and friends act in it and for some reason Lion's Gate got a copy of it and said they'd give him money for it and put it out as DH2. I've seen it, it is awful.
Back to the matter at hand though, American Poltergeist 2 is about a 17 year-old girl that parties in the wrong woods and finds a tree with the remains of a lynching rope still hanging from it. She touches the rope and then begins to see and sometimes be attacked by a spirit. After seeking out a professor in paranormal studies, and the girl's family experiences a violent encounter, they have to find the tree again to defeat the spirit.
Over the last few reviews I've mentioned things being "trash," but this transcends trash and becomes a new form of disgusting waste. It's raw sewage, filled with the stench of poo poo and pee pee! Using adult words to describe this film is too good for it! The camera shots lack any dynamic. It's either straight on or slightly off to the side so a character can look forward and not stare into the camera. The audio engineer was fucking terrible as well. If a scene was in public then it sounded like they recorded without a wind screen on the mic and pushed the EQ so it was all high end. There was a scene of the girl walking outside with one of her friends which was almost inaudible. It sounded like when you hit your head really hard and voices sound distant despite being right next to you.
The ending of this film tried to pull a "We killed the wrong ghost twin!" thing as a surprise reveal but you saw it coming from the other side of town. Crap plot, crap acting, crap sound, crap camera... all crap! Also, if you do watch this, look for the bright orange extension cord running through the grass to the light rig after the one character realizes their car batter is totally dead. It was in the fucking shot the whole time! You could see it under his arm! Fuck you American Poltergeist 2, or whatever your real name is!
I give the movie with many titles 0 extension cords out of 5: