Inspired by a holiday, this series presents a new horrifying story in each episode. The second season starts with a group of adult friends who are trapped at a terrifying game. They have to play to escape, but if they must win to survive.
Director Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead) takes a more straightforward approach, and never fully embraces opportunities for satire. Characters and drama are muted when they should be colorful and dynamic.
POOKA LIVES! is a film that embraces its silliness in a way that warms the cockles of even the most darkest of hearts. The script itself leans into the ridiculousness of its horror-filled scenario onscreen while also providing social commentary.
The filmmakers are just as interested in providing a build-up to their frights as they are splattering the clichés in a hilarious and spirited fashion. It's devilishly entertaining, funny, and clever to boot.
Pooka Lives! is centered around a complete nonsense holiday that I can't bring myself to reveal here. But it's good. Pooka Lives! is mostly amusing, but the best thing about it is the potential for more Pooka stories in the future, and that's no joke.