Volumes of Blood 2: Horror Stories

An entertaining and unexpectedly superior sequel to the horror anthology brings macabre mayhem home.

After years of anticipation the sequel to the homegrown horror hit "Volumes of Blood" has finally arrived. Seven tales of terror surround a mysterious, foreboding house. The tales, set during various holidays, are interwoven to lead us to the present day where an unwitting couple are considering purchasing the house of horrors.

P.J. Starks brings us back to his horror anthology world with great success. For a lower budget film the acting, effects, and writing are all on par with similar Hollywood offerings. In fact, the film seems crisper with superior cinematography to the first movie. These six directors put their mark on the tales with varying levels of success; they are: Sean Blevins (A Brush with Death), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Jon Maynard (Nearly Dead), Nathan Thomas Milliner (A Wish for the Dead), Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), and James Treakle (Death: Due Upon Delivery). There are some good twists to the stories and they are gruesomely campy. Of special note is the story that takes place during Christmas, so much is said without words and there is a surprising reveal at the end.

There are very few negative points about the sequel. The first film had a more organic feeling and centering around Halloween kept a very spooky vibe to it. This time around there seems to be a bit more use of gore and violence with the bigger FX budget which at times can be a tad much. Although most of the stories tie together well, it can be a bit confusing in the beginning with the very meta "movie in a movie" storytelling. Oh, and there should be more boobs...just kidding P.J. ;)

Full disclosure: I am honored to have been part of this production. During the tale of a carnivorous bathtub, you can hear my exceptional acting talents as the 911 operator. I've had some small parts in the past with commercials and such, but to be part of a film from my favorite genre was an amazing experience.

If you want to see a horror anthology that harkens back to the days of “Creepshow,” “Tales from the Crypt,” and “Tales from the Darkside,” then "Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories" is right up your alley. B-movie horror with A-movie quality that is fun, ferocious, and fantastic. After watching, ask yourself the tag line's question, "How many stories does your house have?"

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