SCARE PACKAGE II: RAD CHAD’S REVENGE (2022) Reviews of horror anthology

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‘The call is coming from inside the movie’
Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge is a 2022 American horror anthology film and is clearly a sequel to Scare Package (2019). In the first movie: “Chad, the owner of Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium, recounts a series of bone-chilling, blood-splattered tales to illustrate the rules of the horror genre to his newest employee.”

The sequel “immediately follows the events of the original with the survivors attending the funeral of “Rad Chad” Buckley, which quickly devolves into an elaborate series of death traps centred around Chad’s favourite films, forcing the guests to band together and use the rules of horror to survive the bloody game.” Full Moon Reviews

Segment directors include Anthony Cousins (Scare Package), Alexandra Barreto (All Americans; Mayans M.C.), Rachele Wiggins (Deadhouse Dark) and Jed Shepherd (Host).

The movie stars Jeremy King, Zoe Graham and Byron Brown repeating their roles, plus newcomers such as Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet), Rich Sommer (Summer of 84), Graham Skipper (VFW), Maria Olsen (Starry Eyes) and Shakira Ja’nai Paye (House Party).

“Made by genre fans. For genre fans. It is downright parody at times, but it is never cruel or punching down on your favourite movies or characters. Everything honoured gets bear-hugged and smothered in a genuine love for scary movies.” Britflicks

” ….highlights include a brilliant parody that blends Stand By Me with Re-Animator (as well as adding a touch of The Fly), the frankly near-flawless “Welcome To The ’90s”, which uses genre tropes to explore the changes to horror movie final girls over the years, and a reunion for most of the women who were last seen onscreen together in Host.” 8 out of 10, For It Is Man’s Number

“If I had to sum up the shorts and main story in a few words it would be half-baked. Half-baked ideas held together with cinematic scotch tape. A sequel struggling to find its identity. It’s a real shame because there’s singular elements here that I love and had some fun with, but as a whole, it just didn’t work for me.” 2 out of 5, The Fright Club NI

” …straight-up horror-fan service. In a good way. A very good way! Just like the first movie, this sequel is full of horror pop culture references. So much so that you’re bound to miss a few. This is like Scary Movie but made by and for die-hard horror movie fans.” 4 out of 5, Heaven of Horror

“With a slew of up-and-coming faces in front of and behind the camera, Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge is one of those movies that’ll be looked back on later as having had a pretty stacked roster and no duds. And really, isn’t that what you want out of a horror-comedy anthology?” 4.5 out of 5, Horror DNA

“While not as entertaining as the first film in the “series,” Scare Package II still delivers what fans wanted the most: biting commentary and cheeky subversion of horror tropes with some evenly distributed funny. In that, it soars, establishing itself as another great critique of the genre and a better-than-passable horror comedy.” The Horror Revolution

“It is true you can never go wrong with 1980s nostalgia, but Part II keeps reminding us it has moved onto the 1990s. Unfortunately, Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge is not as funny as it thinks it is—but we can sure see it trying. Only recommended for subscribers willing to take the time and effort to cherry-pick…” J.B. Spins


“Aaron B. Koontz, the ringmaster of it all, scripted or co-scripted several of the stories and directed and scripted the wraparound, which is thicker this time and more elaborate […] The playing is broad, but mostly not quite to the point of becoming as annoying as in too many Troma-type horror comedies, and there are as many dumb jokes as pointed stabs at horror franchise conventions.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“Nods to Aliens, Black Christmas, Halloween, Friday the 13th Part 5, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3, Hellraiser, Saw and more flavor the product and mark its makers as bona fide fans. You may have to be a fan of Scare Package to appreciate Koontz’s framing story because it picks up not long after the first left off, without explanation. Being in on the joke, as always, makes the gag more satisfying.” 3 out of 5, Maddwolf

“More time is spent on the wrap-around story this time and there are fewer segments, however, the stories chosen are excellent and bring both the comedic energy and horror adoration that can be expected from Paper Street Pictures […] The result is – whatever your macabre preference – a dark and unbridled joy.” 5 out of 5, Moving Pictures

“The opening scenes before we launch into our first segment are honestly my favorite parts of the film. But something felt off when it came to the segments this go-round and I can’t put my finger on why. It’s not the direction or the performances or the kills. All of those were great. I just know that I wanted to return back to the Rad Chad storyline to see where things would go next…” Nightmarish Conjurings

“It is a chaotic, super gory, near nonsensical postmodern parody of multiple genre titles from the last five decades – and also super smart and relentlessly funny.” Projected Figures

“It was goofy when it needed to be, it had some creative practical effects (something that I’m a huge fan of in this day and age of CGI) and it did what I wanted it to do. It entertained the hell out of me. If you’re a genre fan and like your horror mixed with some comedy track this one down.” 3 out of 5, Punch Drunk Critics

Scare Package II delights with its countless spoofs of horror classics and its love for the genre. Like the first film, the sequel plays out like one fawning letter to horror movies and those that love them. The first two segments are especially strong in their willingness to tear apart familiar tropes while having a rousing time doing it.” Signal Horizon

“Unfortunately the only new twist Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge adds to it is its focus on sequels which sadly isn’t all that amusing in and of itself. A cast that includes Graham Skipper (Beyond the Gates) and Kelli Maroney (Night Caller) helps but can only do so much. Thankfully, three of the film’s four segments deliver…” 3.5 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony

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