Awhile back, we shared the trailer for Frames of Fear 2, a shot on video indie horror anthology. Ever since I saw that trailer I have been anxiously awaiting the final product. The time has finally come and I was able to check out the film. So what did I think? Read on to find out.
Frames of Fear 2 is an anthology film made up of 4 segments and a wraparound, written and directed by 5 indie filmmakers. Here is the info on the various segments.
The Last Days of Livermore – A couple having relationship issues take a walk through a haunted cemetery with gory consequences. Written and directed by Nathan Hine (The Sideling Hill).
What’s Wrong With Mom – Two brothers return home to tend to their ill mother and find more than they bargained for. Written and directed by Jim Roberts (Tonight You Die 2011).
Axemas – Three couples who are partying at a storage facility after hours are picked off by an axe-wielding killer Santa Claus. Written and directed by John Ward.
Don’t Try This At Home – A married couple out on a date night try to spice up their relationship with disastrous results. Written and directed by Mike O’Mahony.
Wraparound – On a dark and stormy night, three women watch their favorite television show, Frames of Fear, hosted by Festering Frank. With each terrifying tale, the women start to realize that they may not be alone. Written and directed by Brad Twigg.
The Last Days of Livermore – This segment wasn’t at all what I expected. I assumed it was something zombie related and that isn’t the case at all. To reveal too much about the plot would be a disservice to the segment, but let me just say that Nathan Hine did a great job pulling off a misdirect. I had no clue what exactly was going on until the segment ended and then I was left speechless. The gore effects are brutal and nasty, and I found them quite shocking.
What’s Wrong With Mom? – This segment started out a little on the slow side before taking a quick, bloody, mayhem-filled turn. Once it picks up, it doesn’t let up until its bodily fluid-filled conclusion. The gore effects are extremely messy and gooey and looked great.
Axemas – This segment is a fairly standard holiday-themed slasher with some nice kills. The gore includes an axe to the forehead, a broken leg with the bone sticking out, a double impalement with a pole, an axe to the stomach and a excellent decapitation. I liked the back story for the killer as well as his wisecracking nature and deadpan delivery. The story had a nice little twist at the end. Ashley Campbell made an excellent final girl.
Don’t Try This At Home – This segment shocked the hell out of me. It played through the segment twice. First, showing what the characters think is happening, followed by what is actually happening. The violence in this segment is extremely graphic and disturbing and its definitely not for the faint of heart. The ending is extremely fucked up.
Wraparound – I absolutely loved the wraparound. The characters were all likable and there was some excellent nudity. The kills are sadistic and twisted, including a curling iron to the eye, a knife to the throat, and screwdriver to the head (probably one of the nastiest screwdriver deaths I’ve seen) and the segment stealing death, a beautiful, nude woman masturbating in the tub, killed by being lifted up and having a remote control shoved down her throat. This segment makes me want to see Brad Twigg tackle more slasher films.
Frames of Fear 2 is a fun, fucked up indie horror anthology. The stories offered nice variety, excellent kills, some nice twists and great nudity. If you are a fan of indie horror anthologies, then I highly recommend you check this one out.