(This review may contain spoilers).
I saw the first film when it came out in the cinema and even though this film is almost entirely unconnected to the first (apart from being in the same area), I liked the first film so much, I immediately went to see this one when it came out at the cinema. Interestingly enough, I think I actually saw this on Halloween. Go figure.
Almost no one I know likes horror films, so I end up watching most of them on my own. About the only thing horror-based I can get people I know to watch is Supernatural.
I liked this film so much that I bought it on DVD today and just finished watching it.
The subject matter that’s dealt with in this film is, again, not very unusual. The period of slavery is one of the very worst time periods in history and if someone believed in ghosts, it wouldn’t be surprising for the ghosts of slaves to haunt places and even people.
I found parts of this film to be particularly effective when it came to creepiness. There were quite a few moments that made me jump, even watching it for the second time. (I spent most of the film thinking about one scene in particular that still made me jump when it happened…)
There was little that was truly gruesome in this film. It relied very heavily on the imagination of the viewers, I felt. That isn’t a bad thing. I actually think that less is often more. It’s when you don’t see the killer that he or she is scariest.
I liked the family aspects to the film, as well as the fact that members of the family had their own gifts. I think the actors did particularly well at portraying the characters they played. I also particularly liked the ending of this film and I thought that the camera angles and image colour worked really well.
If you like horror that’s less heavy on the gore and violent murders of the main characters, I’d definitely recommend this film as one to watch.