Feb 4, 2012

Single White Female 2: The Psycho,2005

Single White Female 2, The Psycho, 2005
Director: Keith Samples
Cast: Kristen Miller, Allison Lange, Todd Babcock

Home theatre, late Friday night

SWF in short: In New York, the PRs colleagues and roommates Holly Parker and Jan Lambert are disputing a promotion in their agency. The unethical Jan deceives Holly and sends her to Chicago; meanwhile, she seduces Holly's boyfriend David Kray, in the opening of the fancy restaurant of his own, and they have one night stand. When Holly arrives back home, she finds that David cheated her with Jan, and she decides to move to a new apartment. She schedules a visit with the needy Tess Kositch, and they become roommates and friends. When Tess cuts and dyes her hair identical to Holly's style, she sees that her new roommate is obsessed on her. When Holly follows Tess to the underground night-club "Sin", she realizes that the girl is deranged. But Tess wants to be her friend and put Holly out misery, eliminating her former bad friends.

Preps: None in perticular. Wow, part deux. I did like the first part, it's a good horror movie. What more do they have in stock?

Bad. Worse. If you saw the first part, you will be dissappointed. It's like seeing Cruel Intentions, which comes up to a fairly decent piece, and after that Cruel Intentions 2, which is a bad remake and your eyes hurt when seeing this piece.
Now, the story isn't something new. You have a roommate which copies everything her friend does, from hair colour, to the dressing, make-up, etc.
In the first movie the movie starts without pre-story. In this case, the first third is dedicated to two career chasing women which are arguing about an account and afterall in a dirty game they win it.
The true remake begins, when one of these two ladies moves out, because of a betrayal. Now the real comparison can begin. Up to this point the movie is somewhere on the range of Legally blonde, and nothing more. This is supposed to be a horror movie, but it's very far from that. I am amazed that they picked two gorgeous actresses, obviously the guy they are chasing as the account is also gorgeous. In the first run (first third) you really get this competitive edge, that most people are facing when chasing a career.
The next level should be an upgrade to the SWF 1, but it's really quite the opposite. It is truly underestimating the viewer, if you are demanding, because you demand more, on the basis of SWF1. If you watch SWF 2 independent, you might even like it, it looks like a teenage horror movie and it has some nice and romantic scenes that are tailored to the mind of a teenager. The love scenes seem vague and without energy. The two friends just make up after the deed that split them apart, in an elevator? This might have been invented by a male person. Women just don't forgive in a second, not a betrayal by a friend who you lived with.

Another question that this movie poses but doesn't answer is the limit of friendship. How far do you go with your girlfriend, in sense of copying, renting clothes, etc. Plus, it has a really weird turnover, when we find out that the prudent roommate is a sexual slave. Hm. Doesn't fit in the profile. Or it could, if the director took this turn and exploited this situation a bit more. As it is, it doesn't contribute to the movie at all.

In any case, I cannot claim it's a waste of time. Not a horror, anyway, but if you never saw SWF 1 you won't come up with the same expectations as I had when trying to watch this. for all of those that think SWF is a good one, don't watch this one, because you will be dissappointed. I was.

My personal score: 5,5
(can't decide. Don't really recommend this but it is appropriate, if you sell it to your teenage kids as a horror :)


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