The original ABDUCTED was a quickie cranked out to cash in on a bizarre actual incident in which a young female athlete was briefly held hostage as a potential mate by forest-dwelling father-and-son recluses. Heavily embellishing the facts (for true-crime freaks there was a namesake TV
movie ABDUCTED: THE KARI SWENSON STORY) 1986's ABDUCTED ended with the psycho suitor Vern apparently killed, but that didn't dissuade this schlock sequel by the same filmmakers.
Three women--divorcee Sharon (Debbie Rochon), Italian emigre Maria (Raquel Bianca), and Amazonian Ingrid (Donna Jason)--choose an off-season campsite for their slumber party. Nearly forced off the road by sleazeball Brad Allen (Jan-Michael Vincent), who's paying big bucks to stalk endangered
species under the tutelage of Joe Evans (Dan Haggerty), the trio soon experience more serious man trouble. Creature-masked hillbilly Vern (Lawrence King), alive after all, trusses up the trio and drags them off as bridal material. Kickboxer Ingrid pretends to start a striptease, then beats the tar
out of Vern before backward-somersaulting to freedom. Going into full Rambo/survivalist mode, she smudges mud on her face, liberates Sharon, and insists they stay to free Vern's sole connubial candidate Maria. At the climax Vern slaughters Allen while taunting guide Evans, Vern's long-estranged
father. Ingrid, Maria and Sharon team up to send the villainous virgin over the edge of a cliff.
Haggerty and King (formerly Lawrence King Phillips) reprise their roles from the original. Is their tarnished marquee value really worth the damage? More appalling is the feminist nightmare in the center ring; this tacky movie's raison d'etre is to titillate male viewers with a series of thwarted
rapes; although much time is spent intercutting between Evans and Allen arguing about The Environment, and impotent Vern and Maria making small talk (she: "You just need a friend"). The script changes its tune about whether Vern is an addled child-man, alfresco rapist, or Jason Vorhees freak,
though King's lurid overacting cultivates zero sympathy. ABDUCTED 2 barely takes advantage of thriller possibilities in the "weaker" sex outsmarting and out-muscling a goony groom, instead offering flashbacks of Maria having intercourse back in civilization. One doesn't yearn for Vern's return.
(Graphic violence, extreme profanity, extensive nudity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: The original ABDUCTED was a quickie cranked out to cash in on a bizarre actual incident in which a young female athlete was briefly held hostage as a potential mate by forest-dwelling father-and-son recluses. Heavily embellishing the facts (for true-crime… (more)