I’m kind of upset that I watched the remakes of these movies before the originals because the remakes really abandon a lot of the goofy, over-the-top aspects of the originals. It took a while to get used to but I can say now for sure, I understand the direction these movies are taking. In that sense, this sequel is very much a success.
The chaos in this movie is dizzying but in the best way possible. Much like an older album, it gets a ton of its charm through its gritty, rough production, this film finds identity and charm within its imperfections. It looks oversaturated, the acting is strange, the pacing is strange and towards the end I was asking my girlfriend “wait, how the fuck did they end up in this cave?”. These are all things that I’ve criticized horror movies for in the past but I swear, in this campy movie it just somehow works.
There’s also great, classically scary scenes among the nonsensical, ultra-gore fuckfest. These scenes felt genuinely creepy and caught me off guard. It was like eating chips in bed while browsing /r/watchpeopledie, only to suddenly realize these are actual people dying once you find that particularly disturbing beheading video.
This is both kind of stupid and kind of awesome, pretty interesting to say the least.