Invoking 2, an Anthology of Horror

The Horror Season Begins




Here’s a fairly good anthology of horror flicks on one DVD. It’s called Invoking 2 and features an unknown cast that actually pretty darn good and directors that know their stuff. The 6 short films cover a variety of horror subjects of which a couple could raise many goosebumps.

The first entry is called U-TURN and it’s a quickie about the paranormal that will having you guessing on “what just happened.” The second short film called INSANE takes you into an abandoned mental hospital where a director’s searching for allocation to shoot his next film. The third film called ALONE and it’s a spooky little film about a paranoid teen who ends up home alone following a spell in a rehab facility. Film number four is called DO NOT DISTURB where we find Phillip in a hotel room after fleeing a murder scene. The movie gets very tense and has a slick way of getting to the horror side of your psyche.

A scene from DO NOT ENTER
A scene from DO NOT ENTER

In movie number 5 called NATAL which literally means the place and time of one’s birth deals with a girl who has returned from a mental health facility following an attempted suicide. She invites her boyfriend, best friend and his girlfriend up to her parents secluded vacation home on a lake where nothing nice happens. In the final selection called MELISSA we find a teen on the phone with 911 about someone outside her house with a knife.

A scene from INSANE
A scene from INSANE

The directors in all of the film do their jobs well, but what really saves their movies are the young budding actors that bring their characters to life. The following are the cast members of each of the movies: U-TURN stars Asher Kennedy, Iara Mandyn, Will Urbina and Will McMichael, INSANE features Andrew Fleming, Shannon Lahaie and Meagan McNichol, NATAL cast includes Jessica Fratus, Erik Moody, Andrew Sawyer, and Chara Vitoria Gannet, ALONE stars Becca Adams and MELISSA features Rachel Keefe.

Each of the films are unrated by the MPAA, but contents vary as to language, violence, teen drinking and disturbing images. Be advised that adults should watch the films to determine whether the content is suitable for children.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A nicely put together anthology of horror thrillers. (C+)

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Allen Lowman, Andrew Fleming, Meghan McNicol, Chara Gannett, Jessica Fratus
Director s:  Jamie DeWolf, Jay Holben, Corey Norman, Adam O’Brien, Patrick Rea
MPAA Rating: Not Rated, Contains violence, gore, language, teen drinking
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Antghology
Running Time: 1 hr. 23min.
Video Release Date: October 6, 2015
Language: English
Reviewed Format: DVD
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Widescreen
Subtitles: CC closed caption
Number of Discs: 1 Disc
Distributed by: RLJ Entertainment

Writer, critic, film editor John Delia, Sr. has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 20 years and other publications for a total of 40 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and Critics Association of Central Florida Send John a message at