Review: Blood Valley – Seed’s Revenge (Seed 2)

Co-written by Lewis Mainwaring   Originally reviewed for Battle Royale with Cheese


This film from writer/director Marcel Walz is the follow-up (but not a direct sequel) to the 2007 film ‘Seed’; which followed Max Seed on a rampage of blood and gore.

seed-2-watermarkedMax Seed (played by Nick Principe in this film) is not in our opinion a modern day slasher icon such as Michael Myers (Halloween franchise), Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th Franchise) or Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise) but was clearly deemed ‘popular’ enough to spawn a blood-soaked sequel; although this time he’s not killing alone.

The story resolves around a group of four friends (Christine – Natalie Scheetz, Olivia – Christa Campbell, Claire – Annika Strauss and Barbara – Sarah Hayden) on their way home from a bachelorette party in Las Vegas. The film opens strongly with a grotesque horror sequence that stays with the audience long after the fade out before flashing back to the girls leaving Las Vegas; this in itself is not an unusual device for a horror film but as the film continues we realise the story is chopped up completely out of sequence and scenes appear to be inserted at random without consideration for the plot and character development

seed 2 group shotIn classic horror movie cliché fashion, the RV they are travelling in breaks down in the isolation of the desert and a series of horrific grotesque events occur; in some ways this could be seen as a homage/blatant rip-off of the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes.

There are many other horror clichés in this film such as; taking the ‘scenic route’ through an isolated desert and talking to/picking up a hitchhiker who is clearly ‘creepy’ as noticed by half the main characters and 99% of the viewing audience (if they’ve managed to leave it on this long). This movie is so full of clichés that even the plot becomes a sort of spoof through its use of dialogue.

Considering in the first film, Max Seed was a murderer who killed with purpose this film completely lacks any kind of back-story that would help to enhance the character and show why he is killing.

As well as Max Seed, the four protagonists have to worry about his new wife (Manoush) and son (Jared Demetri Luciano) slaughtering them.

vlcsnap_2014_07_22_21h01m21s20These newly introduced members of the seed family are not explained thoroughly or at all. His new wife’s character development is severely lacking and only explained (poorly) just before the credits – and in our opinion is only there to link to the previous movie. She’s not as much menacing as just plain bizarre and we can’t decide if this is due to wooden acting or poor dialogue and direction.

The hitchhiker character (Jeff Dylan Graham) appears at first only briefly (due to the sequence of time-line jumping shots) and later in a horrific sexually charged sequence that adds little to the plot; where in any other films this would have been used as more than just a cut-away (such as The Hitcher, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise etc).

There is also a lot of religious symbolism in the film; which is similarly out of place and helps to confuse the plot even further. This seems to be the only potential motive for the ‘seed family’ to kill and in our opinion is a rip-off of the ‘firefly family’ from Rob Zombies House of 1000 Corpses and it’s sequel The Devil’s Rejects.

This conversation pretty much sums up our view after watching the film all the way through.

Lewis: “I’d rather be shot than mutilated”

Ben: “I’d rather be shot than watch this film again”

If you want see this type of horror movie executed properly with a clear plot and well thought out characters rent any of the films this movie tries to imitate (poorly).

0.1 out of 5

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