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Hard Core Logo 2 is a 2010 Canadian drama film written and directed by Bruce McDonald.[1][2] It is a sequel to McDonald's 1996 film, Hard Core Logo. Hard Core Logo 2 assumes the same filmmaking style as McDonald’s latter-mentioned cult classic Hard Core Logo. It is a faux-documentary that follows Bruce the filmmaker (Bruce McDonald) as he investigates a claim made by Care Failure of the band Die Mannequin.[3] She claims to be possessed by the spirit of rock star Joe Dick (Hugh Dillon), a principal character in the original movie, who was shown to commit suicide near the close of the film.[4] This sequel follows tensions between the principal characters, and the progression of Bruce the filmmaker’s investigation into Care Failure’s channeling of the deceased rocker’s spirit.

Hard Core Logo 2
Directed byBruce McDonald
Produced byHolly Baird
Rob Merilees
Written byDave Griffith
Bruce McDonald
StarringAdrien Dorval
Narrated byBruce McDonald
CinematographyJohn Price
Foundation Features
Distributed byAlliance Films
Release date
  • December 4, 2010 (2010-12-04)
Running time
85 minutes




Hard Core Logo 2 was released for the first time on December 4, 2010 at the 10th annual Whistler Film Festival in Vancouver. It was the first movie by an already significant Canadian director (McDonald) to have its world premier at the Whistler event.[5] The category of competition this mockumentary sequel entered in was the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature Film.[6] It was judged alongside five other Canadian films in this category, losing to The Whistleblower by Toronto's Larysa Kondracki.[7]


This film was shown in both the Whistler Film Festival of 2010, and the Toronto International Film Festival of 2011. Though it did not gain any awards during the Whistler competition, Hard Core Logo 2 did receive a Special Citation in the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.[8]


Expectations were set high for Bruce McDonald when he released the second instalment of Hard Core Logo. This caused the film to receive mixed reviews, from those who compared it to the original. Following its release in 2010, it received some positive reviews, such as that of Katherine Monk, from Postmedia News. She writes that it is a film about "artistic inspiration, maintaining a pure creative heart and connecting with others through honest expression."[9] Hard Core Logo 2 also garnered many negative reviews, such as that of Mathew Kumar, a critic for Exclaim. He writes that this film is a documentary of all the boring parts of music-making, unlike the first film, and then he says that it is a pathetic attempt at shocking the audience.[10] The Globe and Mail later referred to the feature as giving the audience "no sense of urgency, desire, or necessity" to continue watching.[11] The film received a 37 percent score on the film rating site Rotten Tomatoes.


  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 83. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  2. ^ "Poster Premiere For Bruce McDonald's Hard Core Logo 2". twitchfilm. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Postmedia News. (April 13, 2012) Review: Hard Core Logo 2 is Mock 'n' Rolling.
  4. ^ Johnson, Brian. (September 6, 2011) Hard Core Logo 2.
  5. ^ Johnson, Brian. "Bruce McDonald rocks Whistler's 10th Anniversary". Macleans.
  6. ^ "Hard Core Logo 2 set for world premiere". CBC News. CBC.
  7. ^ "WFF Winners". Whistler Film Festival.
  8. ^ "IMDB Awards". IMDB.
  9. ^ Monk, Katherine. "A Canadian cult classic, revisited; Bruce McDonald's Hard Core Logo is dreamlike, poetic - and dull". Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database. Postmedia News. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  10. ^ Kumar, Mathew. "Hard Core Logo 2 Bruce McDonald". Exclaim.
  11. ^ Lacey, Liam. "Hard Core Logo 2: More flimsy than hard". The Globe and Mail.

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