‘R.I.P.D. 2: Rise Of The Damned’ Trailer: Jeffrey Donovan Stars As A Reborn Gunslinger In Prequel To 2013’s Flop

Back in August, I warned you that somebody at Universal had okayed a sequel to 2013 dud, R.I.P.D. Nobody has been clamoring for a sequel to that atrocious comic book adaptation that not even Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges could save, but we got one anyway. And now the first trailer for R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned is here and…yeah, it looks pretty bad, but perhaps not as bad as it could’ve been?

A prequel set in the Old West of 1876, the film stars Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) as Sheriff Roy Pulsipher. When Roy is gunned down in a shootout, he finds himself recruited by the Rest In Peace Department and sent back to Earth. However, he finds that getting revenge on the murderous outlaws is second fiddle to a gate to Hell that has opened up in the old mining town.

Also in the cast are Richard Fleeshman, Jake Choi, Kerry Knuppe, Tilly Keeper, and Stephanie Levi-John. The film is directed and co-written by Paul Leyden.

Do I even need to say that neither Bridges or Reynolds makes an appearance? I shouldn’t. I will say this, though, the production values aren’t terrible, and the cast is solid. I’m curious enough to give it a look.

R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned hits digital and Blu-Ray on November 15th.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.