In 2020, co-director Aaron B. Koontz released the horror comedy anthology film Scare Package to success among horror lovers. Now, Koontz is following it up with the upcoming Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge.
The first film featured several short vignettes, each helmed by a different director poking fun at a particular horror genre trope. While not particularly well-known in the mainstream, Scare Package was successful on AMC Networks’ supernatural-themed streaming service Shudder. Horror is a well-established genre for Koontz, as he directed 2020’s horror Western The Pale Door and served as producer for the Alicia Silverstone-led The Requin in 2022.
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Now, Koontz is ready to follow up his cult hit with Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge. With that in mind, let’s take a look at everything we know. While Chad Buckley is set to return, what else can we expect from the plot? Will it follow a similar anthology structure? Will any members of the cast of the original return? When and where can we expect the film to be released?
Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge: The Plot
Before diving into what to expect from the sequel, let’s recap “Rad Chad’s” deal from the first film. In Scare Package, Chad Buckley is a horror lover who runs a video store. Chad’s video store acted as the film’s frame story, with each of the vignettes set up as a rental offered at the store or a story described to other characters.
Chad hires a new employee at his store before he is imprisoned with several horror stereotype characters. The new employee is revealed to be part of a group investigating the “Devil’s Lake Impaler” serial killer who resides in the area. After the serial killer overcomes the captors, Chad escapes and realizes he is now in an actual horror movie, where he encounters more clichés, such as a car being unable to start if the killer is too close. Ultimately, Chad is killed by the Impaler, and his story seemingly comes to an end.
Chad’s story resonated with audiences, as Aaron B. Koontz is working on a sequel, with Chad once again as the primary focus. While specific plot details remain under wraps, Koontz teased to Fangoria:
“I can confirm that there is a sequel to Scare Package. I can also confirm that this video is indeed the announcement of said sequel. I cannot confirm, though, that Rad Chad may or may not be enacting some form of revenge. Sh*t, I think I’ve said too much.”
Koontz also revealed that the film will once again be an anthology, with production on all segments reportedly finished. Fans can expect more blood, practical makeup effects, and “insane talent” on board for Scare Package II.
While the title promises that “Rad Chad’s Revenge” will be a central theme, it’s not immediately clear if Chad is alive. Per Fangoria:
“The meta-horror-comedy immediately follows the events of the first installment, when Rad Chad’s funeral turns into an elaborate series of hilarious death traps, the guests must band together and use the rules of horror to survive the bloody game.”
The “video” referenced by Koontz refers to a 60-second teaser for the sequel. While the teaser doesn’t give much away, it does parody more horror tropes, such as discussions on how characters survive situations that would usually lead to certain death. It even nods to the infamous “would you like to play a game?” question from Saw. It’s clear that Koontz intends to deliver another knock at horror clichés in Scare Package II while upping the blood and guts. More plot information will likely be revealed as we approach closer to the eventual release date.
Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge: The Cast
Koontz has teased the “insane talent” and notable horror community names on board for Chad’s second outing. As the title suggests, Jeremy King is returning as ‘Rad’ Chad Buckley. Although the character seemingly died in the first film, fans will see how he comes back. Zoe Graham also returns from the first film as Jessie.
Horror icon Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet) will take on the role of Ms. Kapowski and the talented Rich Sommer (Minx, GLOW, Regular Show) joins the cast as Rick.
New names to the Scare Package franchise are Graham Skipper (VFW, Christmas Bloody Christmas), Maria Olsen (I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu, Between the Devil), Shakira Ja’nai Paye (Black-ish, Grand Crew).
Shudder has not announced a release date for Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge, though the sequel premiered in London on August 25, 2022, as a part of Fright Fest. Sources currently list the Shudder release date as sometime in 2022. Given the original’s cult status, Shudder will likely promote the sequel with the same intensity whenever the release arrives, which is expected to be next month.