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2 Lava 2 Lantula!        review by Bobby Blakey

While Sharknado might be the most popular franchise of the cheesy monster flicks it was far from the first. They have been making them for years, but its popularity has taken the genre to the next level. In 2015 actor Steve Guttenberg took on the title role in Lavalantula after supposedly regretting taking on the title role in Sharknado. Now he is back with the next chapter of his new franchise with 2 Lava 2 Lantuala! co-starring Michael Winslow, Michele Weaver and Martin Kove, but does it offer up more of the same fun as the first or will the lava stop flowing?

2 Lava 2 Lantuala! follows an unprecedented amount of sinkholes that are erupting all over Florida, awakening a new nest of fire spitting LAVALANTULAS that are wreaking their fiery havoc all over the sunshine state. Adding to the mayhem, the arachnids have hit the beach where Colton West's step-daughter, Raya, is taking a break from school. Now an A-list movie star, Colton walks off the set of his latest hundred million dollar blockbuster to save her. Armed with specialized weapons, Colton, his personal assistant, Kyle, and his best friend, Marty, race to save the residents of Florida from these hellish prehistoric beasts and taking on the biggest, baddest one of them all! I will admit I love the ridiculous nature of these films and found the first one to be quite fun so I have been eager to see another chapter. Going into this next one you expect them to go bigger and better and they do not disappoint.

The story is as ridiculous as ever with over the top cheesy special effects silly dialogue and a new massive creature to add the mix. These are all the exact things I expected from this film, but sadly I just wasn’t as entertained as much as the first time out. I think part of the issue is that they look like they are taking it too seriously at times instead of just letting the fun play out. That is usually part of the fun, but here there was just so many silly moments that it felt forced at times and you just can’t do that with these films. Guttenberg is great for the role, but his different take on the character this time around just didn’t work like it did in the first film.

In the end this film isn’t meant to be a masterpiece, but a instead just a buttload of over the top silly fun and it does just that. It did everything it needed to likely please any fan of these genre films, but for those that haven’t witnessed these films before it will likely just not work for you. If you are a fan check it out yourself and just have some fun and I hope we get another crack at this franchise and see Guttenberg and Winslow back to kicking butt like they clearly only can.

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