Review for “The Plague 2”

Reviewed by: Amanda Blake from Horror Movie Freaks

Directed by: Emir Skalonja

Hello again all! Amanda here, with yet another review! You guessed it, this one is a sequel for “The Plague”. This movie followed exactly what I expected and wanted from it. It took off exactly from the point of the first movie, following the survivors.

This time around there was more action and more plagued. There was a few quirks and things that kind of made me go “huh?”. But those are the fun hidden things that I’ll leave you all to find for yourselves. I love looking for little things like that. It leaves me intrigued to see if there’s anything else. That also in turn, leaves me wanting to finish out the movie even more than I already do.

Moving on, there is another group of people introduced this time around, and they are not quite as nice, maybe even a bit more evil than the priest in the first one. They talk a lot about torture and seem to be holding these “followers” hostage. The sanctuary they are holed up in seems to be quite a safe place though, so maybe they’re not. Then again, they talk about a dark basement to stay away from. Hmmmmm…That doesn’t sound menacing at all! Let’s go check it out, it’s got to be fun stuff they are hiding. Maybe their stash. Maybe it’s something more sinister. I’ll leave that to everyone else to find out.

There was also more death. Mmmmm…death, the heart of any good horror movie. I felt like the plagued could be a little more vicious than they were portrayed, but at the same time, they seemed all the more menacing. They did not just rip their victims apart, they genuinely savored every bit of what they were doing. All in all, okay, they did not need to be more vicious than they were. They are just fine. More than fine even, I loved them! Their obsession for flesh and blood is something more to be scared of over them either being faster or slower, or more vicious.

Again, the sound track was right on. I’m a metalhead and they added something extra for my type of music lovers that was so much more awesome than I could have imagined. The makeup, yet again was spot on. I really enjoyed how certain things were shown, such as dead bodies that are torn to pieces. I almost had to question the sanity of the director because it looked a little more realistic than I was expecting.

Then there was the filming location. I can’t get over the place that was used in this movie. I have been in the middle of the woods on several occasions, not those ones exactly, and I don’t think I want to see the ones used in this movie anytime soon. If ever there was a place to give the ultimate feeling of creeped out, this is the place. The way some of the trees bend and twist is just unnatural.

This movie was filled with death, gore, reunions, more death, extra gore, and more action than the first one. The meaning behind it all is just incredible. There couldn’t be a more heartwarming message throughout the movie. Just goes to show, how much do we really look into the depth of a movie to see what they are actually portraying? There is something to be said about this movie and that is, the message in this movie could not be more true.

This one I decided to give a 9/10, I really enjoyed the overall of this movie. There is so much more to see than meets the eye.

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Hollywood Vs. The Indie Filmmaker

These days we have so many big budget blockbuster films hitting us at every angle, that the true unseen genius passes us by almost without a thought. The art of independent film making has turned into the last bastion of true original content for filmmakers, and those of us who want to see something more original. Don’t get me wrong, the Superhero Blockbusters and Science Fiction Epics are fantastic to watch and experience, but the love of originality is fading from Hollywood. The suits in Hollywood would rather latch onto a title that has already been made once, or onto a Comic Book or some other form of written word for their next film, instead of looking to those in the Indie world for new and original content.


We have filmmakers out there however, like George Cameron Romero, Michael Junkin, Matthew Ward, Conrad Faraj, Itai Guberman, Kyle Hester and so many others, that see the issue and are all working towards bringing more new and original content to the people. I for one cannot wait. Cameron Romero, just announced “Rise of the Living Dead”, a prequel to 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead”, which was filmed by his father George A. Romero. Cameron aims to show us a film that is right up there with Night, and with George A. Romero, calling the script “genius”,  I think it is a safe bet that that will be exactly what we get. Matthew Ward just wrapped on his latest Feature film, “The Rave”. He had Conrad Faraj (“Little Thieves”, “The Colours of Desire”, “You Will Go Darker”) working on Camera, and Michael Junkin as his Second Assistant Director. I for one was on set for several scenes and I can say “The Rave” Will be a true Indie offering. Michael Junkin is as well writing shorts and features and I am quiet sure they will be excellent stories brought to film.


So what is an Independent Film and what is a Hollywood Blockbuster? The main difference comes down to budget and resources. A Hollywood film can get upwards of hundreds of millions of dollars and all the resources they need, just a phone call away, while Indie filmmakers have more obstacles to deal with. Obstacles like having to crowdfund your entire film project, or endless meetings trying to find investors to help reach the budget as well. Once you get the budget, there is still the fight of getting everything you need together. The cast, the cameras, lights, audio recording gear, the list goes on and on. So a Hollywood film can get a massive budget and a nice length of time to film in, while an Indie project may only get a few thousand dollars and have to film everything in 14 days. The challenges offered to Indie Filmmakers, means they are going to pour more heart and soul into their production than most Hollywood films would even attempt today.


One of the biggest areas for Indie Film making falls in the Horror Genre and there is no shortage of ideas out there. Its getting them filmed and distributed that is the biggest obstacle. An obstacle I see several filmmakers dealing with for whatever projects they are working on. You can find an active GoFundMe for Kyle Hester’s “Preacher Six” at the Preacher Six GoFundMe you can even find a Patreon account where you can learn and get tips from George Cameron Romero over at George Cameron Romero’s Patreon, where getting in on one of these would be a great thing for any budding filmmaker.


You want to know the great thing about Crowdfunding an Independent film? Its a way for the little guy, the viewer, YOU to get in on the ground floor of a movie! Depending on the level you pay in on the film, you can get all kinds of sweet benefits. Name in Special Thanks, your own Producer Credit listed on IMDb, walk on rolls, speaking parts, signed copies of scripts and so much more. Now, I’m not telling you to not watch your favorite Superhero, or to go enjoy a couple of hours watching dog fights in space between awesome star fighters. I’m merely suggesting you take some time and go outside of your comfort zone and watch an Indie film. You might be surprised how a film that only took $5,000.00 can touch you even deeper than a $50,000,000.00 film can.

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