You probably have already guessed that this has nothing to do with the first one. This time the mother has psychic visions, and so do all of the other females in her family. For the sake of plot, she just so happens to have a daughter whose visions miraculously starts after moving to an old house in Georgia.
Right off the bat, everything just happens to fall perfectly into place for all hell to break loose. It doesn’t help that the mother thinks the visions are psychotic hallucinations, and is on drugs to suppress them. I can understand not wanting dead people to just appear out of nowhere. However, if your young daughter is having the same visions, why would you ignore her? The child is terrified, and her mother belittles her every time she shows the slightest indication of fear.
That just doesn’t make any sense to me. The acting doesn’t help either. Abigail Spencer plays Lisa Wyrick, and she does it with a mix of annoyance and disregard for the other characters. She’s so self-centered about everything, and it kind of bogs down the rest of the movie. Everyone else attempts to add emotion, but they just overdo it. Of course, the ghosts and their sepia flashbacks don’t help matters.
When the ghost do appear, it’s quick shadows, jump scares, or that weird, sped up, jerky movement that every B horror movie maker seems to think is the scariest thing ever. There’s also an unnecessary timeline that appears at the bottom every once in a while. My guess is it’s to add to the “true story” the movie claims it’s based on. It could’ve worked if they had chosen a different plot. I’m personally tired of the whole “dark secrets” angle. This time the big, dark secret is a former stationmaster for the Underground Railroad used the slaves he was supposed to be helping for his twisted taxidermy experiments.
To its credit, it did sound interesting. But between the acting, editing, and being almost 2 hours, it loses its punch rather quickly. I give it 1 out of 5. I was interested when the stationmaster’s true colors were revealed, but then I was just bored and ready for it to be over. It’s not as bad as most of the stuff that was released this year, but it definitely falls into the unneeded sequel category. Execution is everything when it comes to movies, and this had no idea how to do that. I say check out the first one. It’s good to watch if nothing else is on.