The Second Coming Volume 2
Director: Richard Wolstencroft
With THE SECOND COMING VOLUME 2 director Wolstencroft brings his sprawling, planet-crawling and largely improvised political meditation to its inevitable if somewhat low-key conclusion. But then that’s probably due to his no-budget approach and use of Irish actor Michael Parle (TIN CAN MAN, DEMON HUNTER, HEXING) who dominates the screen in the second half of the film with a quiet but completely menacing intensity whenever he turns up as the character of Michael, a killer for hire. Elsewhere writer Jim Goad who appears with his brother John, accounts for himself as someone not without acting skills in a documentary-like sequence that takes us into the world’s most racist book store situated in the southern US state of Georgia. Going back to BLOODLUST Wolstencroft’s dedication to literature not only means placing scenes in bookshops and featuring authors but in THE SECOND COMING VOLUME TWO he also ropes in Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey whose on camera effort is naturally presented in a book-lined house in Washington.
The cavalcade of guest stars continues with filmmaker Bruce La Bruce (RASPBERRY REICH, L.A. ZOMBIE, HUSTLER WHITE) who is filmed with a dirty lens but looks good and sounds good in his all too short scene shot somewhere in Spain. Meanwhile, over in California, when he’s not playing an enigmatic and edgy underworld figure it’s expatriate Australian filmmaker Mark Savage who really takes advantage of the scenery when he picks up the camera and focuses it on the Salton Sea in the film’s stand out piece of cinematography. Author/performer Lisa Suckdog is in the final part while Boyd Rice the father of her son re-appears from VOLUME ONE as the high level American government official. Nina Antonia also comes back from the first SECOND COMING.
Presented in four parts and traversing twice as many countries THE SECOND COMING VOLUME TWO generates an unwieldy story involving the occult, particle physics, the Mandela Effect, the sale of wands and apocalypse as casually as it flits from scene to scene with few narrative concerns. A definite major achievement in the no-budget realm and undeniably poetic in composure it’s hard to walk away from it and not wonder what Yeats would make of THE SECOND COMING VOLUME 2 and its forerunner. – Michael Helms