Blu-ray Review: THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2 was written by Zack Andrews and Bobby Roe and directed by Bobby Roe (The Houses October Built).  The ensemble cast from the first film: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe, Bobby Roe, and Jeff Larson all return.

In THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2, five friends try to recover from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton – a group who takes “extreme haunt” to another level – by facing their fears in order to move on.  As they go back out on the road to experience more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing and a new terror begins…

First of all, I’m going to try and keep this spoiler free for you. Zack, Bobby, Mikey, Jeff and Brandy are all back for a brand new adventure during Halloween season but it takes the guys a little while to talk Brandy into returning after the terrifying events she went through at the end of their first trip. She’s been traumatized and I can’t blame her not really wanting to do this again. Once they’re finally all on board, they hit the road and visit some new haunted house attractions and during these stops the viewer starts to see hints and signs that the mysterious Blue Skeleton figures are watching in the shadows. All of these stops lead them to a mysterious “extreme haunt” called Hellbent. Once again, the group has been searching for the scariest “extreme haunt” of them all but this last stop of theirs comes with a shocking twist you don’t see coming.

Okay, I enjoyed The Houses October Built when I experienced it a few years ago because it was something a little different from most of the crap we get in indie film when it comes to horror movies. This found-footage sequel uses the same formula so we watch the group visit some new stops and it’s almost like we’re a part of the group as we follow along. It’s found-footage but it’s not the annoying shaky cam we get in some movies. What’s different this time is the ending that really does come with a twist and some terrifying scenes and that’s all I’ll go into about that so I don’t spoil anything for you. Yes, the movie is a slowburn, especially if you don’t like the journey that gets this group to their final destination, but for horror fans like me, I really dig the footage from the attractions they stop at. The movie is more character driven so it doesn’t rely heavily on special effects but we do get a little during the final act. All in all, I’d say I enjoyed this sequel as much as the first one and I do believe I kept this spoiler free.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some creepy cool artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Houses October Built 2 was a fun followup to 2014’s first outing. The concept for this sequel was pretty much the same and followed this group of characters who go out and visit more haunted house attractions. Zack Andrews and Bobby Roe are the masterminds behind these movies that are a combination of doc footage mixed in with some original storytelling. I’m an adrenaline junkie and the two biggest things that get me going are roller coasters and haunted attractions. These two things bring out the big kid in me and I honestly can’t get enough of them. Anyway, we get to see more cool attractions and some of the scary occupants that dwell within them as well the return of the mysterious group known as the Blue Skeleton and they are the ones that really deliver the scares for these friends. There’s a great twist in the finale that you don’t see coming and all I can say is that I want more terrifying adventures so hopefully we’ll get a third entry! The Houses October Built 2 will be available on Blu-ray on January 2nd and is worth checking out. If you liked the first one then you should dig this sequel.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include four deleted scenes, the uncut projection scene, Portrait of a Scare Actor 2 featurette and “Halloween Spooks” music video.

  • Deleted Scenes (07:21)
  • Uncut Projection Scene (04:54)
  • Portrait of a Scare Actor 2 (06:43)
  • “Halloween Spooks” Music Video (04:02)

 

 

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