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En route to a run-down shelter they are set to renovate as community service, a group of juvenile delinquents and the two chaperones accompanying them run into a minor set-back when their bus breaks down. When trying to find a phone, one of the teens is shot, and the group finds shelter with a voodoo priestess. While trying to use voodoo to save their friend, two of the teens accidentally unleash the evil spirit known as Killjoy. Written by
Edward Robins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Killjoy manages to kill off even more joy in this awful sequel.
Why did I even do this to myself? I watched Killjoy and I really disliked it but I knew, I just KNEW, that I would have to watch the two sequels to see if they would improve or simply remain as bad as the first film. Well, Killjoy 2 is even worse than Killjoy. The only reason I don't give it an even lower score is because of the main character, played this time with enthusiasm by Trent Haaga. He's stuck with weak dialogue and isn't even all that good but he's, by far, the best thing in the movie.
Things don't start off too well. Footage that looks like it was shot on a mobile phone - a couple of bad actors play a couple of bad cops who pin down a young man and frame him with drug possession. We then move on from the awful to the awfully ridiculous as two "officers" (and, believe me, these are just about the most incompetent authority figures I have ever seen in any movie. Ever!) pile a bunch of young offenders on to a bus and head out to renovate some run-down shelter. But on the journey they make a couple of stops. One is just a food and toilet break but the other one is an unscheduled stop in the middle of nowhere because of an unreliable bus engine. One unexciting and unbelievable event after another leads to the appearance of Killjoy and a few uninteresting, and badly directed, death scenes.
Director Tammi Sutton (who also co-wrote this travesty with Douglas Snauffer) gives directors of low-budget fare a bad name. I was genuinely saddened to see other movies in her filmography. Either she has learned a lot over the past few years or someone is stupid enough to let her continue making movies. Sound too harsh? Once you've sat through Killjoy 2 you tend to find yourself not feeling quite as charitable as you might normally feel. The camera shots are murky, shaky and generally all over the place. The sound quality is absolutely atrocious, highlighted by a few scenes in which characters talk to each other over varying levels of background noise that should have been dealt with in post-production. And the acting is so bad from almost everyone on screen (given names like "Ray-Ray" and "Ce-Ce") that I'm not even going to mention anyone other than Trent Haaga.
Oh well, the third movie in this dire series has to be better. Right? Right???
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