Plot: After he unleashed a horrific spree of violence and terror, it was thought that Pitchfork was killed, but that turned out not to be the case. The local legend turned very real murderer wasn’t taken out and now, he is back on the hunt and plans to finish what he started. As he begins to stalk those who survived his last rampage, the survivors try to come to grips with the loss of their friends and of course, the guilt that comes with being the ones who made it through alive. But Pitchfork isn’t concerned with emotions or guilt, he just wants to ease their suffering with sweet, sweet death and while police are on his trail, he isn’t one to allow the law to block his path. As the bodies begin to pile up, can anyone manage to survive yet another of Pitchfork’s death marches and can anyone kill this maniac in the process?
Entertainment Value: Old Pitchfork returns and this time, he’s the center of a tender tale of loss and survivor’s guilt…no seriously, he is. Hayride 2 invests a lot of time in the survivors of the first movie, as they reveal the emotional toll the incident took on them and how the loss is crushing them. I admire this approach, as putting some real depth to the psychology is impressive, even if it is to a minor degree. As cool as that element is, the emotional investment never pays off, as we still don’t have much to connect with the survivors over. This one starts off slow in order to pile on exposition, but it doesn’t do much to develop the characters, it just runs down some basic psychological threads and then drops them soon after. But once Pitchfork is around, business picks up and I was glad to see more violence this time around, so the kills are more fun and have some splashy bloodshed at times. In the end, despite the added violence, Hayride 2 suffers from many of the same issues as the original, a slow pace, minimal depth, and almost no colorful or fun elements. Not scary enough, not funny enough, it just ends up as another passable, but forgettable indie slasher flick.
No nakedness. I did appreciate how Hayride 2 dials up the violence, as we have some nice kills and bloodshed here. A searing hot pipe yields some sick face melting, various stab wounds pop up, a big open wound on a police officer, and general injuries, though most are non graphic. But the few instances of active carnage really ramp this one up, as it spices up the experience and makes Pitchfork a more formidable, dangerous killer, which is always good. A lot of violence still happens off screen, but kudos the to the team for giving us a little bloodshed this time around. Richard Tyson is here again, but only in flashback voice overs, which is a let down. He was one of the coolest parts of the original and here, no one steps up to replace his charisma and humor. In other words, the dialogue here is passable, but bland. I will score one crazy point for the extra violence, but otherwise, nothing out of the ordinary happens in this one. I wish it would have gone off the deep end, but nope.
Overall Insanity: 1/10