Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Marion Ramsey, Michael Winslow
Director: Nick Simon
Running Time: 83 mins
2 Lava 2 Lantula is an American film and the sequel to Lavalantula. After having saved Los Angeles from the swam of lavalantulas once before, living legend Colton West is forced back into action when the lavalantulas strike again, this time threatening the lives of millions in Florida.
You may or may not know, but these Lavalantula movies are officially a part of the Sharknado Cinematic Universe. After Fin (the hero of Sharknado) turned up in the last one, the two franchises are technically linked, but the truth is that Lavalantula is a pale imitation of the giddy silliness of Sharknado, proving a really tedious watch, due to poor humour, a dull story, and a rushed comedic atmosphere that took the Sharknado series a lot longer to build up effectively.
Let’s start off by comparing this sequel to the last film. In all truth, there’s very little comparison to make because it’s exactly the same movie. There’s a couple of characters changed around, but much like the first Lavalantula (which I can barely remember), it’s an hour and a half of watching Steve Guttenberg walk around shooting fire-breathing spiders, and very little else.
There was a novelty in the last film, being a random spin-off of Sharknado with yet another ridiculous concept, but this sequel does absolutely nothing to improve on the last, nor give you any real entertainment, with none of the jokes landing at any point, and the story treading the exact same path as we’ve seen before.
Now, the big difference between the Lavalantula movies and the Sharknado movies is that they haven’t evolved in the same way. The first Sharknado film was an equally tedious and stupid mess, but over the years, they embraced their silliness and gave into popular demand, changing and growing as the series went on in a surprisingly pleasing way.
In the case of Lavantula, both movies have been designed with the makers already in the knowledge of what made Sharknado so popular, but without that genuine sense of development that makes the main series a surprising treat year on year.
As a result, all of the comedy feels incredibly forced, the action is dull, the story is a total rip-off of Sharknado, with the giant spiders offering no original threat or characteristic separate from the sharks, and there’s really nothing for you to care about in the same way, and that’s why I’m giving 2 Lava 2 Lantula a 1.2 overall.