CAHLEB’s review published on Letterboxd:
Please don’t make the same mistake I made by watching She Never Died before He Never Died (available to watch on Netflix). While not your traditional sequel, She is more of a companion piece that tackles the concept from the female perspective. I promise you’ll be more enriched with She if you watch He first.
The narrative struggles in She. Yes, it gets rid of the cliché love interest that was featured in He for whatever reason. But problems arise elsewhere in the film. You are dropped headfirst into Lacey’s world in She. It only takes 2 minutes before we see Lacey devour her first victim. We don’t get our first kill in He until well past the 30 minute mark. But I do believe the sequel suffers in that department, as the action fails to live up to first part. There are also many inconsistencies in She, such as the amount of hurt Lacey can tolerate, plot-holes appearing from left to right, a cop that doesn’t think twice about this vampire, etc.
We were blessed with a strong performance from Olunike Adeliyi as Lacey, rivaling Henry Collins’ performance in He. She grabs you and does not let you go. Truly captivating. However, her character did feel boring when compared to Jack. As for the other disposable, supporting characters, there’s no one that makes you care for them, other than Kianna Maderia as Suzzie.
The film introduces a familiar face during its conclusion, as it attempts to try to connect both films to what could possibly be a third film. The goal is to create its own expanded universe. But the ending is unfortunately rushed and fails to have the impact it would had you watched He first. A miniseries continuation to the first film was announced back in 2015 but who knows if that’ll still happen. I’ll definitely watch if it brings back Henry Collins.
Overall, She Never Died is just good. It does fail to match its predecessor but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good time. If you’re on the fence, please watch it, if only for Adeliyi’s performance.