Saturday, July 8, 2017

Her Name Was Torment II: Agony

Director - Dustin Mills (Night of the Tentacles, The Puppet Monster Massacre)
Starring - Allison Egan (Halloween Spookies, Amityville: No Escape), Haley Madison (Headless, CarousHELL), and Dustin Mills
Release Date - 2016
Genre - Horror
Format - DVD (Personal Collection)

Rating (out of 5):
     Dustin Mills is one of those directors that I fucking love.  You never know what he is going to do to your mind next.  Is he going to take you down a twisted road full of torture, bloodshed, and debauchery?  Or, is he going to toss you in the middle of a bloody flick full of bright colors and beautiful scenes set against the backdrop of a traditional horror comedy?  Either way, he is a director that I greatly admire and respect.  Back last year Dustin Mills announced a follow up to his Crumpleshack Films hit Her Name Was Torment.  This was not one of my favorite Mills' flick but it was still a damn fine film.  I waited on news of the film and some how it slipped by my and I missed it.  A friend of mine bought a copy of it and gave it to me after watching it.  I couldn't wait to finally see it so I tossed it in the second I had a chance.
     The film once again follows Torment (Egan) who is now a patient under a doctor (Mills) who is always heard but never seen.  He has been working with Torment for some time and suspects that the murders she committed was not done alone and a "sister" helped her.  Her proposed sister, Agony (Madison), is much like Torment.  She was mutilated by so called "angels" and kill because they must.  When the good doctor gets too close to Torment and learns of a friend he accidentally goes to far and pushes her into murdering her friend who is also a patient there and is forced to resign.
     I like Dustin Mills due to his range of films.  As a director he is truly a force to be reckoned with.  Regardless of his budget or type of film he is making, they always look their best and never show their true budget.  I liked Her Name Was Torment but it wasn't really the kind of film I would go for.  The only reason I even watched it was because Mills directed it.  My favorite films of his, hands down, is The Puppet Monster Massacre and Easter Casket so that should give you a clue as to what kind of films I typically enjoy.  Her Name Was Torment II was a decent film but was definitely at the bottom of the list when it comes to Mills' flicks.  The acting in this one is solid.  Allison Egan was purely chilling in her performance.  It is hard to truly see her performance with her face censored but she did an amazing job.  Haley Madison did fantastic as well.  She has mad a name for herself in the indie horror scene and this is another fine example of just how talented she really is.  The supporting cast was solid as well but these two ladies were the centerpiece of the film.  The story for this one is a little more added to the what unfolded in the first film.  The first film gave the viewer a very tight knit story that could be easily expanded upon.  This follow up does a great job and making the first film feel bigger in scope while giving us even more story and a brand new character.  Personally, I feel like the character of Agony was very underutilized and we could have seen her play a bigger role in the film.  Maybe in part 3!  With that being said, this one is a bit of a slow burner and a few scenes really tried my patience.  They were so slow and did very little for story.  Finally, this film has fantastic effects which is to be expected from a Dustin Mills' film.  The kills a fucking savage and the effects are top notch.  Those of you into gore will really enjoy this one.  Overall, Her Name Was Torment II is not the type of film I would typically go for.  The story is solid but does have spots where it drags on.  However, the effects are top notch.  This is a movie made for those that love their films depraved.  Check it out.  

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