AKA Witchouse 2
Starring Ariauna Albright, Elizabeth Hobgood, Nicholas Lanier, Kaycee Shank, Alexandru Dragoi, Adriana Butoi, Andrew Prine, Serban Celea, Claudiu Trandafir, Jeff Burr, Dave Parker
Directed by J.R. Bookwalter
Expectations: Not much, but hopefully fun like the first one.
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On the B-movie scale:
There’s a general assumption that sequels go down in quality from the original, and that is probably especially true in low-budget horror films. Witchouse: Blood Coven actually steps it up from the first film, with a much more fleshed-out script that delivers an actual story along with its low-budget thrills. The characters aren’t as unique and memorable as the first film, but they feel more realistic. Witchouse: Blood Coven has more in common with a traditional film that its cheapo predecessor, and so your enjoyment of it will depend on your particular leanings. For me, I appreciated the effort made, and I think it’s a better film than Witchouse, but I still think the first film wins in terms of overall entertainment.
The story of Witchouse: Blood Coven is not directly related to the first Witchouse, and that’s as it should be. I like the idea of similarly themed films grouped by an overarching title, and with the thin story running through Witchouse, it seems like a natural fit here. Anyway, Witchouse: Blood Coven takes place in Covington, Massachusetts, and it follows a university professor (Ariauna Albright) and her team of students as they investigate four unmarked graves unearthed during construction of a shopping mall. Something tells me this town has a few secrets…
Where the first Witchouse was all stuck inside the mansion, Witchouse: Blood Coven is able to utilize lots of outdoor locations that enhance the feeling of realism. The film was shot in Romania, but not having been to either Massachusetts or Romania, I thought it was convincing enough. My favorite touch was the tiny Boston University sign above the windshield of the professor’s van, which had me laughing out loud at its absurdity. The film is filled with lots of these fun, low-budget touches that entertain alongside the film’s mysterious narrative.
Witchouse: Blood Coven was J.R. Bookwalter’s first directorial work for Full Moon, and he delivers a film that surprised and entertained me. Ariauna Albright and Andrew Prine both get a lot of range to cover, and they deliver great performances through all the shifts of their characters. Definitely recommended to Full Moon fans.
Next time I get around to a Full Moon movie, I’ll be checking in with David DeCoteau’s side-sequel to his Brotherhood series… 2004’s The Sisterhood! See ya then!