After seeing a film, I usually ask myself one question. Did this film achieve that which it had set out to achieve?
“Headline Hunters 2: Family First” was made for the Z-grade genre (if the name didn’t already give that away). In other words, “Headline Hunters” sets out to mimic the cinematic equivalents of people that enjoy the smell of their own flatulence.
As far as Z-grade films go, they don’t get much better (or more absurd?) than this. Whether it was a ghost wielding some Excalibur-esque sword or a kimono-clad gentleman disappearing into a puff of smoke, “Headline Hunters” had so many of those precious, cringe-worthy or random moments that are so unfortunately familiar to viewers of Z-grade films.
Was “Headline Hunters” a good representation of everything that is wrong with Z-grade films? The only answer that I can give to that question is “checkmate”.
Also, I can’t help but feel as if the cast and crew had a good deal of fun in making this film. We saw a bunch of young people getting together, producing something that was outrageously funny and they looked as if they were having a blast while doing it. That was a real treat to see.