DVD Review: “The Invoking 2” Is Reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone”

"Each film is filled with some genuinely creepy supernatural occurrences and the acting, overall, is impressive."


 

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.

“The Invoking 2” is an anthology of short films similar to that of “The Twilight Zone,” “The outer Limits” and “Tales From the Darkside.” Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not. By reading the artwork it informs you of this fact but for some, they may not take the time to read that information and upon watching it, may be disappointed to discover that it is not a feature film but a collection of shorts. This may also be confusing to some who saw “The Invoking” back in 2013 which was a standalone film and who some might consider this title a direct sequel to. It’s not. All of the films contained herein are well produced but I found they were shown in chronological order from best to, well, not worst but not best.

All of the films have a similar theme, that of paranormal and supernatural events. There is the aspiring filmmaker who one night visits an old abandoned hospital as a possible location for his upcoming horror movie and when he finds out about a supposed spirit that haunts the hallways, initially he takes it lightly but soon thereafter, strange things begin to happen and when he discovers all of the doors are locked with no way out, he probably wishes that he was shooting a comedy. We have a serial killer holed up in a hotel room on the run from the police who begins to receive cryptic messages from a mysterious guest who knows who he is and what he has done and who he quickly realizes, is not from this mortal plane.

Each film is filled with some genuinely creepy supernatural occurrences and the acting, overall, is impressive. The production quality is admirable and each director successfully tells their story in the time allotted. Sometimes, a series of shorts is exactly what you need. It allows you the opportunity to see what upcoming directors are capable of in twenty minute increments and can leave you wanting more, which is the desired effect every filmmaker aspires for. I think more distributors should package movie collections like “The Invoking 2” but for right now, this will suffice.

Available on DVD & Digital Video October 6th


 
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James McDonald

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, James is a Movie Critic and Celebrity Interviewer with over 30 years of experience in the film industry as an Award-Winning Filmmaker.
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