Le Fear 2: Le Sequel (2014) – By Philip Smolen

Carlos Revalos (Kyri Saphiris) has just been swindled. The indie film director just came out of a meeting with money man Dirk Heinz ( Andrew Tiernam) to talk about getting funding for Revalos’s latest horror venture “Le Fear 2.” Instead, Heinz has conned the director into contributing 500,000 pounds of his own money into the feature (by refinancing his own home). Now Carlos is stuck making a movie with a pitiful crew of wannabes that Heinz has gathered for him, many whom have no clue how to properly do their jobs. Chief among them are his producer Efi (Seye Adelekan) a Nigerian native who has worked on many “nollywwod” films (movies made in Nigeria), but none in the UK.  Efi’s a con man who lies through his teeth effortlessly and takes Carlos’s requests far too literally. Then there’s Queenie (Victoria Hopkins), a makeup artist who’s eternally in heat. Finally there’s Africa (Roxy Sternberg) a special effects artist who has no concept of the term special effects. Carlos must now complete an independent feature with this incompetent lot or risk losing everything.

“Le Fear 2: Le Sequel” is Jason Croot’s follow-up to his successful 2010 indie feature “Le Fear.” And even though it’s an indie flick, the movie pretty much follows the pattern of most Hollywood sequels. It’s OK, but it doesn’t hit the dizzying heights that the original reached. The “mockumentary” starts off well with the befuddled Carlos thinking he’s going to get money for his next film but winds up walking out of the meeting mortgaging his home. Of course things immediately start going wrong the moment the bewildered director gets to his set. Efi hasn’t been getting sets built for the film; he’s rented a small trailer and tries to pass it off as the movie set. From that moment on, Carlos is a dead duck and his crew continually steps all over him. These first few attempts Carlos makes to direct are quite funny as his nollywood crew have no idea of what he expects of them.

The problem is that Croot keeps repeating these scenes throughout the movie with very little variation. The first time the special effects fail Carlos, it’s funny, but by the fourth time, it’s not. There needed to be more variation to these scenes and the outrageousness of the foul-ups should have gotten bigger and bigger and reached a crescendo at the climax.

“Le Fear 2: Le Sequel” is an amusing indie comedy that has a few wonderful moments, but fails to keep raising the absurdity level. It has a wonderful cast who put in quirky, pleasing performances, but they are let down by a script that isn’t as continuously outrageous as it needs to be.

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