Alfie returns in She Was So Pretty: Be Good For Goodness Sake

I was given the opportunity to screen one of my most anticipated Independent films, She Was So Pretty 2: Be Good For Goodness Sake. I was not disappointed.

Usually films, especially within the horror genre, suffer the “Sophomore slump” when it comes to sequels. This is not the case with Brooke Ewing’s She Was So Pretty: Be Good For Goodness Sake.  Ewing manages to take what made the first film so great, and build upon it. This is exactly what a good sequel should do.

Alfie returns, but this time he’s not alone. With the help of the deranged Officer Baldwin he has moved up to home invasions. Think Home Alone‘s wet bandits if they were violent and not so inept. In fact it seems that Alfie has pretty much taken a back seat to Officer Baldwin, making Alfie more like a Stu Macher to Baldwin’s Billy Loomis.

However, that’s not the only similarity to the work of Wes Craven. One of Craven’s themes of surrogate familial bonds is seen from Valerie’s (the victim of the first film) friends who are still desperate to find her. I also love how the poster designer with mere shadow managed to make an ordinary Christmas decoration I’ve seen all my life almost as creepy as Alfie and Officer Baldwin themselves.

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She Was So Pretty: Be Good For Goodness Sake is the rare sequel that is better than the original. Alfie has a lot more dialogue this time around. Therefore we get to know him a little better, but still not enough to know what makes him tick. The film also follows the “rules of the sequel”. It’s much more visibly violent than the first.  With any luck there will be a third film in the series.

As was the case with the first film, She Was So Pretty Be Good For Goodness Sake is a must see. If it happens to be playing at a convention near you, do yourself a favor and see it.