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2 Lava 2 Lantula! (2016)

Colton West must defeat the lavalantulas once again.

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Nick Simon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Colton West
Michael Winslow ... Marty
Michele Weaver ... Raya West
Jimmy Bellinger ... Kyle
Lauren Swickard ... Daniella (as Lauren York)
Erron Jay ... Brick
RJ Walker ... TJ
Martin Kove ... Colonel Jester
Eric Etebari ... Dundee
Marion Ramsey ... Teddy
Josh Sussman ... Director
Frank Buckley Frank Buckley ... Reporter #1
Noah Hunt Noah Hunt ... Wyatt West
Tahnee Welch ... Self
Tyrone Power Jr. Tyrone Power Jr. ... Self (as Tyrone Power)
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When an unprecedented amount of sinkholes erupt all over Florida, a new nest of fire spitting LAVALANTULAS is awakened... wreaking their fiery havoc all over the sunshine state. Adding to the mayhem, the arachnids have hit the beach where Colton West's (Steve Guttenberg) step-daughter, Raya (Michele Weaver), is taking a break from school. Now an A-list movie star, Colton walks off the set of his latest hundred million dollar blockbuster to save her. Armed with specialized weapons, Colton, his personal assistant, Kyle (James Bellinger), and his best friend, Marty (Michael Winslow), race to save the residents of Florida from these hellish prehistoric beasts and taking on the biggest, baddest one of them all! Written by M4PR

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Fire Burns... Lava Bites Again!


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Trivia

The inside joke of a couple who appeared during Steve Guttenberg's inspirational speech ("There are no aliens in Florida") are Tahnee Welch and Tyrone Power, Jr., who appeared to be reprising their roles from Cocoon (1985) and Cocoon: The Return (1988), which also starred Guttenberg. See more »

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Colton West: [Phone ringing] That's the government...
Kyle: How do you know that?
Colton West: 'Cause it's ringing really weird.
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References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

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Doesn't burn or bite enough
29 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Enjoyed the first 'Lavalantula' in a guilty pleasure sort of way. It was not what one calls great, but manages actually to be one of SyFy's best and more watchable films by quite some distance. Being someone who, like many, mostly hates SyFy with a passion, that's saying quite a bit. For the record, it's their compulsive badness and curiosity to see if they have the ability to make something decent once in a while keeps me watching.

'2 Lava 2 Lantula' is very much an inferior follow-up, with the problems far more evident. '2 Lava 2 Lantula' is not terrible by any stretch and like 'Lavalantula' is also one of SyFy's better and more watchable films, but 'Lavalantula' had more freshness, more fire and more bite, was more focused story-wise and didn't take silliness too far, definitely easier to take as a guilty pleasure.

Again, like 'Lavalantula', as far as SyFy movies go '2 Lava 2 Lantula' looks decent. Editing and photography is tighter than most SyFy movies, locations are colourful and atmospheric, the way the production is lit is less drab than usual. The creature special effects are more mixed, at some pretty they're not bad at all, at other times they're fake and over-obvious. That doesn't stop thankfully that the creatures themselves do have menace and personality, and the film again knows how to utilise them.

The music score is groovy and eerie, is careful not to overshadow the dialogue and is used appropriately. The direction shows confidence.

While there are worse script in SyFy films, the script is one of the weakest assets here and doesn't have as much above average quality as before. There are amusing moments and there are some neat references that will have film and sci-fi fans grinning, but it lacks snap and bite and tongue-in-cheek too often apart from some moments is replaced by campiness. Campiness that tends to grate and be overused rather than endear.

It does make the mistake that 'Lavalantula' managed somehow to avoid, at times it does try too hard to be stupid and the tone and target and audience aren't as clear. The creature attacks are fun and suspenseful still though, if again lacking the scare factor. The story is even more disjointed and over-stretched and due to lacking freshness also feels predictable and derivative.

Characters are not as annoying certainly as other characters in SyFy films, and there is some lively pacing. The acting is vastly inferior here, it was above average before, it was not good here. Especially Steve Guttenberg, whose uncomfortable-looking over-acting was painful to watch. The rest were nice to see, but they could have had more to do and they tend to be stale. Michael Winslow gives the best performance, he at least knows what kind of film he's in and doesn't take it seriously while also not falling on the wrong side of camp.

Overall, watchable but a fairly difficult one to rate and review. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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Lavalantula 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Syfy, Cinetel Films See more »
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Stereo

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