She Was So Pretty 2 Brings the Holiday Horror (Review)
Review – She Was So Pretty: Be Good for Goodness Sake
When I first saw She Was So Pretty I was stunned by the overall look of the film. The 70’s style, the use of color and the absolutely incredible score stuck with me for long after the credits rolled. It isn’t often that you see an independent horror film that is so visually unique and captivating. I found myself instantly a fan of director Brooklyn Ewing’s style and I was eager to check out the sequel as soon as it was announced.
She Was So Pretty 2: Be Good For Goodness Sake follows Alfie (Jerry Larew) and his new partner Detective Baldwin (Corey Rutter) as they invade homes and commit horrific acts around town. All of the carnage unfolds around a retro Christmas backdrop that adds another layer of depravity to the horrors you are witnessing. The entire movie is tense and at times incredibly disturbing but the well composed shots and uses of color made every scene feel like a piece of art. Even with the ramped up brutality and gore I couldn’t help but appreciate the use of Christmas lighting and brightly colored blow molds that made the set come alive. I do have to admit though, the most disturbing part of the movie didn’t involve murder… it involved dinner.
For the most part the acting really fit well with the surreal nature of the film. Performances from Jerry Larew and Corey Rutter really stood out the most to me. Alfie and Detective Baldwin couldn’t be more different as characters but they complement each other incredibly well. Their tense relationship as serial killer partners ramped up the stakes and had me guessing till the end.
Much like the first film the score was a major highlight. I loved the synth heavy tracks composed by FaceXHugger and I need to purchase the soundtrack ASAP. All of the music added so much to the tone of the movie. I think the stand out track was “We Rock, You Suck” by the band “Shit Ass” which had me laughing so hard I had to pause the movie.
Overall I really enjoyed SWSP2 and I can’t wait to see what is next for the series. It’s awesome that such an unconventional horror film could be made on such a small budget. It is a treat to be able to add this movie to my growing list of holiday horror films. If you are a fan of independent horror with tons of style and substance you need to see this movie!
For Planet Wolfton!