Death Bell 2 is really no better or worse then its counterpart. The first Death Bell was fairly exciting, but this go around I felt it was more of a chore to watch then anything else. Just as its predecessor, this is about a bunch of elite high-school students who discover themselves the targets of a mysterious slasher while back in school during the holidays cramming for their college entrance exams. Except this time, Death Bell 2 is not directly related to the first film, however follows the dramaturgy of Death Bell almost step by step. By the end of the film, you will most likely end up feeling used, bored, and/or angry.
DB is better than DB2 since it’s more scarier and interesting. Meanwhile, the hidden truth behind Tae-yeon’s suicide is slowly revealed and terrified students struggle to death to undo the puzzle before they become the next victim. Jiyeon who usually looks sweet and sexy, in this movie looks a little bit scary. It can be seen from one of the posters of “Death Bell 2″, she posed with a cold face and a bloody neck… so creepy. It is so creepy, in fact, that it may just be the scariest factor of this film! What ultimately saves the movie is its intriguing whodunit which throws suspicion on the culpability of some of Tae-yeon’s fellow students in her death. Still, DB2 recycles its material from the original, what’s most inexcusable is how it manages to do so even worse than its predecessor did.
There are zero new surprising elements, zero new ideas, and even the characters are non-interesting. OK yeah, I was praising in the first movie, they had a pure school girl for a change, which is a fresher from watching models all the time in Western horror movies, now they added a model who is not even nude. How dare they! If there’s one thing the first film did better then that it was mostly straight-forward. DB 2 is more talkative than its predecessor, without adding anything we need to hear. There are some really bad sequel movies, this one just might take the cake.
All in all, horror fans stay away from this turd. Even the main actress, they again have chosen a singer/actress to take the leading role. I never understand why they do that. I kept waiting for something relevant to happen, but nothing ever did. Nothing made any sense. If I couldn’t make it any clearer before, I’ll say it once more…DB 2 essentially rehashes the same premise with a different group of actors and substitutes gore for any kind of genuine horror. Yoo also exhibits none of the dexterity in pacing and editing that his predecessor’s director Chang had, and these scenes of carnage hardly excite or thrill. Avoid.