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Ghoulies II (1988)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  5 October 1988 (USA)
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Ghoulies II picks up a short time after the first movie, a few of the little nasties stow away on an amusement park ride and bring big bucks to a dying fair. The creatures are mad after an ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damon Martin ...
Larry
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Sir Nigel Penneyweight
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P. Hardin
Kerry Remsen ...
Nicole
Dale Wyatt ...
Dixie
Jon Pennell ...
Bobby (as Jon Maynard Pennell)
Sasha Jenson ...
Teddy
Starr Andreeff ...
Alice
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Merle
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Eddie
Christopher Burton ...
Leo
Mickey Knox ...
Ray
Romano Puppo ...
Zampano
Ames Morton ...
Patty
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Ghoulies II picks up a short time after the first movie, a few of the little nasties stow away on an amusement park ride and bring big bucks to a dying fair. The creatures are mad after an attempt to kill them, so the creatures go on a rampage through the fairgrounds, ultimately leading to an explosive conclusion! Written by JohnPaul C. <lennon@execpc.ccom>

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the bathroom. See more »

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Trivia

Hardin's death was scripted after the criticism the original film got "no one was actually attacked on the toilet". See more »

Quotes

Uncle Ned: I am a magician, you sons of bitches. You can't kill me!
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References From Beyond (1986) See more »

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Scream Until You Like It
Written by Paul Sabu, Charles Esposito, Neil Citron
Performed by W.A.S.P.
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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What a surprise! This is actually better than the first one
19 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

They say when you find something that works you stick with it. Apparently a lot of people in the movie business feel this way, otherwise we wouldn't have so many sequels and remakes. There are a lot of films that didn't need a sequel, though sometimes the sequel(s) turned out not too bad. There are also a lot of films that didn't deserve a sequel, and the 1985 surprise hit 'Ghoulies' is one of them. Now I admit it's one of my guilty pleasures and I know I'm not alone, but it's only a minor one. But since it was a $1,000,000 movie that made around $35,000,000 in the US alone a sequel had to be around the corner. Thank goodness that sequel turned out to be even better than it's predecessor and an even more fun 80s B Horror movie.

Pros: The carnival makes a great new setting. The effects are a major improvement over the ones in the original. Performances are decent. The whole thing has a certain campy charm to it and unlike the first movie doesn't take itself too seriously. Pace just moves right along. A simple, but good score. Some creative kills. Though still not very good, the writing seems to be stronger and more focused this time making the film easier to enjoy.

Cons: Plot is thin. Totally lacking is scares and suspense. There's zero chemistry between the two leads. The kills are inventive, but unfortunately most are off screen. Very dated.

Final thoughts: This sequel could have easily been a total piece of garbage, but it's actually a lot of fun. Sure it's not smart or scary, but it accomplished what it set out to do and that has to count for something. It's also the best of the series.

My rating: 3.5/5


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