Six years have passed since the Halloween Night Massacre at Hull House, which left seven teenagers brutally murdered. In the ensuing police investigation, all the bodies were found except one; Angela Franklin (Amelia Kinkade). When Angela's disappearance became public, rumors spread that Angela has physically descended into hell and still resides in Hull House, murdering anyone who ventures beyond the underground water system that keeps the demons trapped in Hull House.
We've established that the tone is off and that the scares fail, but does the humor work? Surprisingly yes, albeit in a so bad its good way. Much of the humor comes courtesy of Sister Gloria. Jennifer Rhodes, having previously appeared as Crystal Bernard's mother in Slumber Party Massacre 2 and Winona Ryder's mother in Heathers, is playing a Ninja Nun. Yes, I said a Ninja Nun. It's absurd and out of nowhere. That being said, when watching a movie about a Ninja Nun fighting Demons, one can't help but accept that this is meant to be outrageous and Rhodes wisely gives the role just the right amount of winking humor and deadpan seriousness.
There are two other characters worth mentioning; the first of which is Shirley Fennerty, played by cult actress Zoe Trilling from such films as Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes and Leprechaun 3. Shirley is, without question, the most hateful person I've seen in a horror film in a very, very long time and a lot of it goes to Zoe's performance. Confident, sexy and mean-spirited, Zoe tackles this role with full gusto; I spent the whole film wanting her to die a horrible, painful, slow death and cheered every time something bad happened to her. In a straightforward horror film, this character would never work but, for a film that's clearly just trying to be crazy fun, you can't help but love to hate every second of screentime Zoe has here.
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