WITCHOUSE II: BLOOD COVEN (2000) Reviews and worth watching

 

Witchouse II: Blood Coven is a 2000 American horror film about a university team of archaeologists who investigate four unmarked graves.

Directed and edited by J.R. Bookwalter (Mega Scorpions; Polymorph; The Sandman; Ozone; Robot Ninja; The Dead Next Door) from a screenplay written by Douglas Snauffer, the movie stars Ariauna Albright, Elizabeth Hobgood, Nicholas Lanier, Kaycee Shank, Alexandru Dragoi, Adriana Butoi and Andrew Prine (Amityville II: The Possession; The Evil; Grizzly; Simon, King of the Witches). Produced by Charles Band (executive producer), Vlad Paunescu and Gary Schmoeller.

The film is a sequel to Witchouse (1999) directed by David DeCoteau (Sorority Slaughterhouse; Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge; Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama; Creepozoids; et al). The following year, J.R. Bookwalter directed a further sequel, Witchouse 3: Demon Fire.

Plot:

When several unmarked graves are unearthed outside of a small town mansion, an investigation gets underway. As a crew begins to do research on the bodies and interview local townspeople, it’s quickly discovered that they’ve come across more than just dead bodies.

The crew has released the evil witch Lilith who starts her reign of terror by picking off everyone who tries to solve this mystery…

Reviews:

“The build-up is ok. But the last fifteen minutes are some of the poorest creature v. human battles I’ve seen. Maybe worse than the Power Rangers. The special effects are so poor, and the action so dull, you’ll be amazed that Band had this Bookwalter guy direct more crapfests…” Full Moon Review

“Stylistically, tonally and rhythmically, Blood Coven is the work of a filmmaker firing on all cylinders; there’s imagination and movement and energy and craft bursting from every frame, and the vim with which Bookwalter juggles Hammer-tinged gothic, camcorder creepiness, and comic book macabre is joyous.” The Schlock Pit

” …there’s not much gore in store here, but the films great (particularly with Bookwalter’s handling) to view and I enjoyed it greatly. There’s some standout performances on show by the cast here too. In particular, Ariauna Albright is splendid in her dual role as the straight-laced professor and her demonic counterpart Lilith. And Andrew Prine steals the show with his grandiose over the top performance as the town’s expert witch slayer…” SGM

Witchouse: Blood Coven was J.R. Bookwalter’s first directorial work for Full Moon, and he delivers a film that surprised and entertained me. Ariauna Albright and Andrew Prine both get a lot of range to cover, and they deliver great performances through all the shifts of their characters. Definitely recommended to Full Moon fans.” Silver Emulsion

“The humor is intermittent but you probably won’t laugh. Characters are acting dumb because the dialogue sounds dumb. It’s like the creators couldn’t decide if they wanted a drama or a comedy. The quality of the photography is on and off. Witchouse 2 beats around the bush until it becomes a Blair Witch/Bloody Mary rip-off.” Tales of Terror

“The first 45 minutes is really boring since almost nothing happens. I’m totally fine with that in some kinds of movies, but not in a late 90’s DTV Full Moon sequel. Once it picks up it gets pretty entertaining, but there are only about 25 minutes left in the movie so… Parts of this have a “found footage” angle and it’s actually hysterical.” Tony the Terror

“Well-paced and with some mild attempts at humour (the interview moments have some laughs) this suffers from going almost half its running time without any real horror and the script gets a little too junky near the end, but it’s still bearable with Andrew Prine giving a steely performance and being the best thing here.” The Video Graveyard

Choice dialogue:

Norman Soderquist: “Scooby-Dooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you?”

Lilith: “The only good Westmore… is a dead one!”

Cast and characters:

Ariauna Albright … Lilith
Elizabeth Hobgood … Stephanie Zinone
Nicholas Lanier … Norman Soderquist
Kaycee Shank … Angela
Alexandru Dragoi … Clark
Adriana Butoi … Jodi
Andrew Prine … Sheriff Jake Harmon / Angus Westmore
Serban Celea … University Dean
Claudiu Trandafir … Wilson
Jeff Burr … Guy on the sidewalk
Jerrod Cornish … Voice of Dez
Danny Draven … Dez
Sandra Lange … Couple from Buffalo
Ted Newsom … Knowledgeable Man
Dave Parker … Drunk
Harry James Picardi … Bicyclist
Jeffrey W. Scaduto … Bitch Hunter
Rob Michael Thomas … Campus Student
Chuck Williams … Security Guard
Angela Womeldorf … Dementia
Prudence Womeldorf … Corpse

Filming locations:

Bucharest, Romania
Hollywood, California

Fun fact:

J.R. Bookwalter’s first film was a short, Burning of the Salem Witches (1979).