DEMENTIA: PART II (2018) Reviews and US release news

 

Dementia: Part II is a 2018 American comedy horror feature film written, produced, edited and directed by Matt Mercer and Mike Testin (Dementia). The movie stars Matt Mercer (Contracted; Bliss; Beyond the Gates), Graham Skipper (VFW; Sequence Break; Almost Human), Suzanne Voss (The Lords of Salem) and Najarra Townsend (The Stylist; Contracted).

Plot:

Suzanne wasn’t always this confused. She wasn’t always dead either – When an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The opening scene sets the mood for Dementia Part 2. That scene promises gross comedy, and it delivers. Along with lines that you are laughing at, there are moments when your stomach will churn because you know what’s going to happen next. All of this is delivered in black and white, which serves the film well.” Guild Master Gaming

“Over the course of my years as a writer I’ve seen many gore-packed features and have developed a very strong stomach. Yet Dementia: Part II, a film in black and white, had be gagging and reaching for the sick bucket. The film isn’t littered with gore or gross-out moments, but the few that there are, are incredibly effective.” The Hollywood News

“With an off-the-wall aesthetic and the matching weirdo vibe, two exceptionally strong lead performances and the successful mix of competing tones – Dementia Part II is a winner.” Horrorfreak News

Dementia Part II was made on a shoestring budget in a matter of weeks – and it feels it, from the scrabbled-together character motivations to the rushed, awkward performances (Suzanne Voss aside, who is excellent). But for its enthusiasm and its ballsiness, it’s an inspiration, and is worth it for the hilariously grotesque final act alone. It’s a confused, screeching gross mess, but we love it all the same.” Horror Talk

“Voss, who was in Demented in a less demented role, is a long-time bit player (The Lords of Salem, Contracted: Phase II) and bites into this meaty lead as if it were the part she’d been awaiting all her career – it’s down to her that Suzanne isn’t just a grim joke on a par with the leads of Rabid Grannies, and the old woman’s romantic inclinations aren’t simply ridiculous.’ The Kim Newman Web Site

“The portrayal of an elderly mentally ill woman is completely tasteless, as befits the style of movie, but at the same time remains sympathetic to her plight and never resorts to mocking her. It helps that the movie is clearly pitched as an absurd comedy with slapstick violence, so can’t be taken too seriously.” Movie Ramblings

Release:

Dementia: Part II premiered at the Arrow Video FrightFest in London on 25th August 2018.

In the USA, Dark Star Pictures and Bloody Disgusting plan to release the film theatrically on May 21, 2021, and on VOD, Digital HD and DVD on June 1st 2021.

Cast and characters:

Matt Mercer – ArtikThe Toybox; All the Creatures Were Stirring; Dam Sharks!; Beyond the Gates; Contracted; et al
Graham Skipper
Suzanne Voss
Najarra Townsend
Stacy Snyder
Cathy Tuttle
Teya Wolvington

Technical details:

66 minutes

Trailer: