DVD Review: THE INVOKING 2

INVOKING-2

THE INVOKING 2 is a horror anthology with segments directed by Jamie DeWolf, Jay Holben, Corey Norman, Adam O’Brien, Patrick Rea, and first time director Jamie Root. The film stars Allen Lowman, Meghan McNicolChara Gannett, Andrew Fleming and Jessica Fratus.

While The Invoking focused on one story, The Invoking 2 is nothing like that and is a horror anthology that features a selection of six unrelated horror shorts that all have just one thing in common – paranormal events. Although hundreds of disturbing paranormal events occur every year, most of these chilling encounters go unreported… until now. Bear witness as hapless victims experience the unspeakable terror of confronting demonic forces, murderous poltergeists and other evil entities that are dead set on claiming their souls. Descend into an abyss of waking nightmares as these bloodthirsty, malevolent spirits seek to possess their prey and drag them—kicking and screaming—to hell. Each segment takes place at a different time and location.

U-Turn (2012) was directed by James DeWolf and follows a man who picks up a female hitchhiker that doesn’t speak. He ends up stopping when he sees an accident on the side of the road that ends up being connected to the woman, her crying baby, and unfortunately even him. Nobody comes out alive in this roadside pit stop from hell. Insane (2014) was directed by Adam O’Brien and follows a filmmaker and his guide who visit an abandoned asylum, a place where some horrifying experiments went on years earlier. As they begin investigating the eerie location, they discover that the place is haunted by a nurse who committed suicide after a psychotic breakdown. Alone (2014) was directed by Jay Holben and follows a woman at home alone who gets a little paranoid. Her paranoia comes to a realization when she discovers that she does infact have intruders but it’s not what you think!

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Do Not Disturb (2009) was directed by Patrick Rea and follows an on the run serial killer who ends up being tormented in the hotel room he’s staying in. He keeps getting knocks at the door which lead to these mysterious cards being slipped to him that reveal someone (or something) who knows who he is and what he’s done. Natal (2013) was directed by Corey Norman and follows a group of friends that head out to a secluded cabin for a little getaway. One of the friends is recovering from a suicide attempt and starts hearing scratching noises inside the walls that slowly drives her crazy. Of course, nobody else can hear these noises and this getaway doesn’t end well for her or her friends. Melissa (2014) was directed by Jamie Root and follows a girl who calls 911 when she discovers a masked man on her front lawn who just stands there staring at her. The 911 operator stays on the line with her and wants her to make sure all the doors and windows are locked and this is where she realizes the man on the outside is the least of her worries.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were both good. The fact that each segment was individual productions means that the video and sound quality varied with each one but they all were very well done for the most part. The stories were all creepy cool fun (some more than others) and they were all very well executed indie productions.

Bottom line is, even though The Invoking 2 wasn’t even connected to the first movie in any way, it was still a pretty cool watch. What this compilation does is give horror fans who never make it out to film festivals, where these short films are discovered, a chance to experience them all. Otherwise, they would unfortunately go unseen and that’s a shame because some of these are fantastic watches. I’ve been fortunate enough to catch some of these shorts at a few of the festivals I’ve attended over the past few years and it’s nice to see they’ve found a home in distribution. I also hope they all got a little green thrown their way because they deserve it. I think this is a really good idea to find short films on the festival circuit that have something in common and release them all together as an anthology. This allows YOU the viewer to have the opportunity to enjoy them! This DVD releases on October 6th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Image Entertainment

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1) Region 1

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: None

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