Hey folks, Valkor here. It's been awhile since I've sat and watched a horror that has really freaked me out; most modern horror films, to me, are really weak and produce nary a cringe. But sometimes a decent one makes the rounds and when word reaches my ears that I'll be in for a good scare, I consider it a challenge and step up to bat. This next film comes from Thailand, it's been out for about 3 years now (But hey if I haven't seen it, then it's new to me), it's the sequel to its first outing "Art of the Devil" and from what I've been told this one blows the first one away. The film: Art of the Devil 2 DVD aka Long Khong.
"Art of the Devil 2" revolves around six teens who've just gotten back together after a couple of years of being apart and they've decided on taking a trip. So our teens, Kim, Nut, Por, Go, and Tair set off to meet their friend Ta, who's father has recently passed away. Now here's the kicker: these six were involved in a bit of a scandal two years prior that involves voodoo practice, video surveillance, treachery, and sexual assault (though not as graphic as you might think) that literally rocks their world. But when the group arrives at Ta's house, their past comes back to haunt them.
Now I'm trying to be as spoiler free as possible because I don't want to give too much away. However I do highly recommend seeing Art of the Devil 2, should you be able to get your hands on a copy. It has a "Friday the 13th" kind of feel to it where you have teens going off to this secluded area and a killer stalking them, it even has a creepy chant. But enough of that, let's get on with the review.
The story of "Art of the Devil 2" is a definite plus; I barely even touched on the story from my brief synopsis because there is so much more to it! As I stated above, I wanted to remain as spoiler-free as possible. Things do start out kind of slow, and I was ready to bash AOTD 2 just for that reason. However, I see where they were going and if you stick with it, you will get an awesome payoff at the end. The acting is pretty good, then again the film is in The Thai language so I'm not sure what bad Thai acting is like. The gore, when it finally kicks in, is pretty extreme. This is the second biggest reason you would want to sit through this film. Think Hostel... what the hell it might be that Hostel took ideas from this film (Or vice versa). There were moments that I literally hid behind my pillow, it's squeamishly good!
Again, the film has a very slow beginning, but this is more of a nitpick, as I've said earlier, everything pays off in the end. And I know this is a Thai film and I'm not sure how nudity works, but the film could have used a few boob shots. Come on six teens, go off to this secluded area, two of which are lesbian lovers and we don't even get one boob? ONE BOOB!?
This isn't ugly in a bad way because I did mention this film has some crazy ass gore in it, right?
If the first "Art of the Devil" was shit, the producers have redeemed themselves with "Art of the Devil 2" (Long Khong). We're talking a great story, lots of gore, and an ending that on a scale of one to ten ranks as a 9 in the shock factor. I'm telling you I was floored. I'll take the plunge and attempt to get a hold of the first "Art of the Devil", but until then out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving "Art of the Devil 2" DVD, 4 stars easy and definitely suggest you folks out there to give it a go.
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