There is something special about anthology movies that often get overlooked. They’re essentially a curated collection of shorts that, when brought together, tell an overarching story. Several movies have done this before, like the V/H/S franchise, The ABCs of Death, and now Scare Package. While this may be one of the first anthologies to be a direct sequel to its predecessor (cannot confirm or deny but a quick Google also didn’t herald any results), it packs the silliness and horrors to the brim and gives audiences who don’t want to lose their dinner but still want to have some cheap thrills exactly what they are looking for.
Shudder is home of the gnarly, gross, and far-fetched, all things horror, and their catalogue truly stands on its own with their curation of non-originals and original content. Some of their most successful content gets blessed with a home release and their releases never disappoint. Thankfully, Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge is packed with features and insight into the making of, homages, and general silliness and horrors that didn’t make the final cut. While it would be incredibly strange and nearly unprecedented for Shudder to remove their own original content from their platform, a physical release is always best for fans. The Blu-ray of Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge looks great with its washed-out ‘80s horror feel.
Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge is a direct sequel to Scare Package, where friends, coworkers, and possibly family are gathered together for Chad’s funeral after his unfortunate demise during Scare Package. While they are gathered, there are a few easter eggs that reference the first movie and other classic horrors to bring forth some fresh laughs to the film itself. While managing to poke fun at everything from Wicker Man to Saw, Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge is delightfully silly and scary and has something for every level of the horror genre. It doesn’t lean too much in either direction of scary or funny and truly can be a more adult family horror night. Instead of the stream, the disk really looks great and has that early age menu that brings us back to the first days of the physical disk.
The features, especially, feel like something ripped right out of the early 2000s and it feels like a time capsule which lends itself well to the aesthetic of the film itself. The feature I am specifically referring to is “Spot the Reference with the Help of Horror Icons” feature, with it running the course of the entire film with the two dead fingers popping up in the bottom left-hand corner, pointing out every easter egg and reference. Some of them are certainly a further stretch than others. For example, the squeaking wheel being a reference to Jacob’s Ladder is a far cry, but the tape deck with a piece of tape on it that says PLAY ME being homage to Saw is much more evident and clear.
While the home release of Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge is a nice addition to any horror fan’s collection, it is the plethora of bonus features which is the real reason to buy the disk instead of streaming it on the Shudder platform. When subtracting the commentary track and the spot the reference feature, there’s still approximately 40 minutes of features which are all excellent (even if they include the mandatory trailer tracks that seem to be on feature lists now). Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge, truly packed with a ton of features and a great looking disk, enchants the general audience to open up their wallets and it to their shelves!
Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge Special Features:
- Director Commentary on a film that comments on other films with (still) better commentary tracks (98 minutes)
- Making of the film, but still not making sense (22:01)
- Bloopers and scenes to get under 100 mins (6:45)
- Spot the reference with the help of horror icons (98 minutes)
- Rad Chad’s Rad Ad, Hijacked (2:07)
- Most of the best parts in 60 seconds (1:00)
- Most of the best parts in 90 seconds (1:34)
Available on Shudder December 22nd, 2022.
Available on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, and digital April 11th, 2023.
For more information, head to the official Shudder Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge webpage.
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