Film Review: Death-Scort Service 2: The Naked Dead (2017)

Sean Donohue is back, with editor and DP Chris Woods, and the girls of The Sleaze Box. I, of course must start by saying that I was super impressed by the first Death-Scort Service film. I even bought the damn thing a second time when they released their Shot-on-Video edition. So you can probably understand that as a fan, I didn’t feel great about the fact that I couldn’t help out for their crowdfunding campaign for the sequel. Of all of the bums out there in the crowdfunding world, there are a couple that actually come through…these are a couple of those guys. So hopefully by preordering a copy through Deep Discount, and writing this review, I can make it up to them.

With that being said, I’m not giving a biased review out of guilt. I legitimately enjoyed this movie. It is everything that the first film was and more. By the time most of you hit the 11 minute mark, which is when the opening credits actually roll, you will know that this movie will not disappoint. It wastes absolutely no time getting into the sleaziness of the original, all-the-while managing to go above and beyond their original efforts in the splatter department. Yes, it is true. The brutal gore scene that got the first film banned from certain festivals has been put to shame only a few minutes into the sequel. This will be especially appealing to the collectors of gore films from all over the world.
Like most people, you will probably naturally go into this movie judging its kills, effects, and nudity. Since there was so much of all of these in the first film, you may not be in a huge hurry to get this one. I would though. This will appeal to collectors of slashers, comedies, and throwbacks as well. It even takes its effects work to the most extreme levels, promising gore like you’ve never witnessed before, maybe even making you a little queasy at the same time. So hey, this could even be a good one to use to introduce your newbie friends to world of DIY horror.
Aside from the redundant slasher elements, it has a surprising amount of style. It opens with a total throwback slasher-sequel-sequence. I love what they did to continue the story, even adding a twist in the opening scene. They also managed to employ a soundtrack that mixed synthesized eighties horror and nineties hip hop. So even when you start to think the hookers-on-the-bed scenes are getting repetitive, you will still have a certain sound aesthetic to hold your attention. Believe it or not, even on the small budget of this film, there was some nicely planned lighting that further enhanced the retro feel. This, of course, was also reflective of Woods’ great work in Chaos AD.
So in the end, Donohue as a writer and director of underground slashers continues to be one of my favorites. He has gradually upped the ante and improved with every work since Die Die Delta Pi. With this effort, he takes the naked dead, sticks to what he’s good at, and consistently finds ways to bring the sleaze and the sickness in an original way. Once again, just like the first film, and hopefully the upcoming third, I highly recommend that you keep the Death-Scort Service in your life.

Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I’m here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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