i saw the first one when i was around 14/15 and loved it, because it had so much gore and appealed to me then. i'm not sure i'd like it as much now though, probably just think it was a throw away action film.
saw the second one and thought, meh, very average, watchable that's it. i was looking at the site for this film, and i swear whistler died in the first film? or did he come back, i can't really remember, someone explain? :P