When I reviewed Ultimate Death Match a couple of months ago, I was shocked to find out that there was actually a second one of these turds. I said at the time that this was absolutely NOT a sequel worthy film, and boy was I right. So what’s it about? Basically, the same thing the first film was about. Here’s the description from IMDB…
"Several competitors compete in the Ultimate Death Match tournament. The winner walks away with one million dollars. The loser dies."
You know a movie’s bad when the people behind it can’t even write a decent description of it. I’ll give you a little better one.
Like the first film, this one’s about a promoter who runs an underground wrestling event called Ultimate Death Match. They sell views online and cash in on the fact that the final match will be to the death.
Al Snow, known to many wrestling fans, plays an announcer named Frosty. In the first movie, he felt like crap for being a part of this thing. The promoter’s money did a lot to smooth over those feelings of guilt, even though he still has a stong dislike for the guy. Kevin Nash, who had the smallest of bit parts in the background of the first movie, is actually in this one a little more, but it’s in a completely pointless role that seems to have little to nothing to do with the film. Mostly he just sits around doing nothing.
Another change between the first movie and this one is that unlike the first movie, which seemed to be filled with local indie wrestlers, this one actually has some name wrestlers that wrestling fans will be familiar with. Names like the already mentioned Al Snow and Kevin Nash, but also Shane Douglas, Johnny Swinger, The Sandman, Larry Zabisco, Raven and Lodi. The size of their roles varies, with some being given a lot more screen time than others, but at least they’re recognizable.
Just as with the first movie, most of the film is a series of poorly executed wrestling matches. Now granted they are better executed than the matches in the first film, but they’re still quite boring and do little to further the story other than getting us from the beginning of the pay per vew to the final match, with some story segments mixed in between.
On a technical level, the film’s production quality is very amateurish in various parts, and much better in others. There are times where the audio is horrible, or the lighting or visual quality really suffers, and I seem to remember a bad edit in there as well.
The long and the short of it is that while this film is better than the first one, it’s only better in the sense that there’s a little more story to it and the fact that it has name wrestlers rather than the jobbers that filled the wring in the first one. The big similarity it does have with the first film though, is that neither one is worth your time or money. All I can say is, I really hope they don’t make a third one. Buuuuuuuuuut, as I went to find the link you could check out for this one, I see they did make a third. *shakes head sadly*
If you’d like to find out more about this film or pick up a copy, you can see it on its MVD Distribution page here.