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A sequel that's just as bad if not worse than the rubbishy original.
Horror 102: Endgame is set in an old abandoned Insane Asylum where several high school/university students are staying as part of a school project field trip, however the care taker Owen (Michael Moon) tells of the asylum's dark past & that it is apparently haunted by the tormented spirits of it's previous abused inhabitants. Spooky eh? Well none of that really matters as the brave young students are unfazed. Arranged by their mysterious lecturer (whom none of them has ever met) Mr. Jacobson he fails to show & the asylum goes into 'curfew mode' where all the doors & windows are locked tight, trapped inside the run down asylum the students begin to realise that a killer walks amongst them as the bodies start to pile up. Who is the killer? Why are they killing students? Who even cares? Not me...
No this isn't the one hundred & first sequel to some obscure horror film it is in fact the first sequel to the less than impressive teen slasher with a (terrible) twist Horror 101 (2000) which I endured last week & thought was total crap so I really wasn't looking forward to Horror 102: Endgame it's low budget straight-to-video/DVD sequel. Horror 101 was written & directed by James Dudelson who acts as producer here on this while he turns the writing & directing duties over to Ana Clavell who also edited the thing & whose only subsequent films are the absolutely dire Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (2005) & Creepshow III (2006) which basically means he hasn't made a single even half way decent film. The original Horror 101 was rubbish so quite why someone felt a sequel needed to be made is a mystery & true to expectation Horror 102: Endgame is maybe perhaps even worse than Horror 101 which is saying something. The two films have no real connection to each other, none of the original character's return & none of the events of the original are referred to either & apart from the obvious similarities with two sets of teenage character's being killed off by some killer there's nothing to connect the two films at all. Horror 102: Endgame is your typical shot on a camcorder teen slasher set in a single isolated location that tries to spring a surprise with a Scream (1996) style twist ending although the twist makes no sense & I can't really figure out what the point of the plot is, there seems to be absolutely no reasoning behind anything that happens that makes any sort of logical sense. The script doesn't even try to give any plausible reason why these teens are staying at this asylum other than it's for some field trip the purpose of which is never revealed or explained. The character's are awful although at least there isn't a clichéd comic relief character, the killer's identity & motives suck & are just almost seemingly random & the pace is very slow as we are treated to almost endless sequences of these teens walking around dark corridors doing nothing in particular. One to avoid.
The original Horror 101 was very notable for just how bloodless & tame it was in a PG sort of way & while Horror 102: Endgame is slightly better in this regard it's still PG stuff. At least there's actually some blood splatter in this although none of the death's happen on screen & as such there's no real pay-off or reward for sticking with it. There's nothing scary here, there's nothing memorable here & there's a very flat & bland atmosphere that just makes the whole thing a chore to sit through.
The film has reasonable production values but little in the way of style, apparently this old asylum has electrical problems yet after years of being shut down the 'curfew mode' still works perfectly & on time too. Shot in Los Angeles. The acting by no-one of any note is terrible & character's reactions & decision making are awful although the script doesn't help.
Horror 102: Endgame is the sequel to a rubbish film that no-one wanted & amazingly is maybe even worse than the original which I didn't think would be possible. Two absolute stinkers & if you decide to watch both as a double feature good luck to you since your going to need it.
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