In THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2, recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton – a group who take “extreme haunt” to another level – five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a new terror begins…
I have to admit, as much as I enjoyed the first Houses October Built movie, I never imagined a sequel would be produced. The premise is simple, a found footage cross-country tour of some of the most extreme haunts in the country, in which the haunts are the real stars of the film. A loose narrative strings together the on-screen happenings, and provides an excuse for the footage from the haunted locations. Extreme Haunts are becoming more and more popular and that’s basically what’s showcased in the first film.
Not spoiling anything, the ending of the first movie paves the way for the sequel. One of the main character’s experience with the extreme haunts leads to an opportunity in which the group will be paid in order to tour certain haunts for publicity. Also, the initial haunts are way tamer in comparison to most of what was shown in the first movie, but the reason is explained well enough, and sets us up for as sort of grand finale, a featured haunt, back to the extreme.
The first time I watched this movie, back when it premiered on VOD, I wasn’t sure what to think I enjoyed it, but was unsure if I thought it lived up to the original. After my second viewing, however, I think I have come to enjoy it more than the first film. It’s a slower burn, with a decent payoff, though similar to the ending of the first movie. The acting is believable, and though the the initial haunts are tame, there are some cool scenes and locations. Overall, if you enjoyed the first movie, it is likely that you will enjoy the sequel just as much, if not more.