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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
Before you watch this flick, don't expect much from it. It's a sequel to
"Ghoulies", which should, respectively to the series, lower your standards
of what to expect. It's unrealistic. It's cheesy. But it's damn
ENTERTAINING! What you get is some rubber puppets, who take over a ghost
house in a carnival, attracting visitors who think they're part of the
attraction. It starts off with some lovable characters, namely Nigel the
dwarf. Anyway, the ghoulies start killing some people who go in there. Then,
near the end, they come out and there's a carnival massacre. Some mean
killings here, such as death by being run-over by a bumper car. That's about
it. This flick, the only "Ghoulies" movie I currently own, rests easy in my
collection. Overall: 9/10
GORE BONUS: You wouldn't expect this, but there was actually some gore in this movie, which was edited for both the US PG-13 rating and the UK '15s' rating. The two scenes were, when the girl who is leaving the carnival goes in to the ghost house, she is tied to the floor and the ghoulies stab her before pulling the ropes. And, when the left over teenager gets lost in the ghost house, and the axe is lowered, it shows his stomach being opened and (fake looking) blood spurting out for a while. In the cut version, you just see the axe being lowered. "0m55s" was cut from the original UK video release, but the TV version is completely uncut.
Rated 15s for horror violence and mild gore, and some language
Larry (Damon Martin) and Uncle Ned (Royal Dano) are driving a truck to
an amusement park with their attraction Satan's Den. They have to stop
in a repair shop and four demons sneak and hide in the truck. They
arrive at the carnival and hide inside the Satan's Den. The arrogant
owner of the carnival P. Hardin (J. Downing) threatens to fire the
employees if their attractions are not profitable and assigns the dwarf
Sir Nigel Penneyweight (Phil Fondacaro) to work with Larry and Ned in
the Satan's Den. He also hits on Larry's girlfriend Nicole (Kerry
Remsen). When the audience sees the demons in the Satan's Den, they
believe that they are part of the attractions and the entertainment
becomes a sensation. But when people are attacked by the demons, there
is panic in the carnival. Now Larry, Nigel and Nicole try to use an
incantation to get rid of the creatures.
"Ghoulies II" is a funny and cheesy franchise similar to "Critters" and other "evil toys" in the late 80's and early 90's. The plot is silly with one dimensional characters and gruesome scenes, but entertains and is cult. My vote is six.
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*** stars out of ****.
I don't care what other people think of this film, i thought it rocked,
It had good acting (for this sorta film), a good plot, cool 80's score, and a variety of monsters. It also features some creepy moments and good suspense. as well as some pretty interesting-looking monster. any one who loves the equally great original should rent this, nice DVD by MGM. What are you waiting for? See it, see it now!
Those hostile little beasts are at it again in this adequately
entertaining sequel. It takes quite a while for it to really get
started, but the final half hour is worth waiting for. It's actually
played fairly straight for a while, with comedy elements getting
introduced more and more as the movie goes on. The Ghoulies themselves
are definitely cute in an ugly sort of way, and are a genuinely amusing
bunch. Fortunately, some of the human characters manage to be almost as
After an attempt to kill the Ghoulies fails, they hitch a ride with a truck carrying the contents of "Satans' Den", a house of horrors for a travelling carnival. They hide out inside Satans' Den for a while, intermittently killing people, until the big finale when they finally break out. The place has been hurting financially, but when patrons get a look at the Ghoulies and assume them to be part of the act, business starts booming.
I have to be partial to any movie featuring the following elements: an appearance by old Hollywood pro Royal Dano, who's in fine form as drunken old Uncle Ned, a song by the metal band W.A.S.P. ("Scream Until You Like It"), old school effects (puppeteering, stop motion animation, etc.), a role for Italian exploitation veteran Romano Puppo ("2019: After the Fall of New York"), and a carnival atmosphere (even if done on a budget). Production design, by Giovanni Natalucci, and cinematography, by Sergio Salvati, are both well done.
The enjoyable cast features familiar faces from other horror films: Kerry Remsen ("Pumpkinhead"), Sasha Jenson ("Halloween 4"), Starr Andreeff ("Dance of the Damned"), William Butler ("Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III"), and Donnie Jeffcoat ("Night of the Demons" '88). Damon Martin ("Pee-wee's Big Adventure") is our likable young lead, Phil Fondacaro (who played the title role in "Troll") the engaging Sir Nigel Penneyweight, and J. Downing the appropriately odious money man Mr. Hardin.
Overall, agreeable entertainment for genre fans; produced and directed by Albert Band, veteran director and father of Charles Band of Empire Pictures and Full Moon fame.
Six out of 10.
A paper-thin plot: 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.
Sounds corny? No matter what anyone says, this is utterly fantastic. I refuse to totally dismiss this, because I find it quite engaging, in a guilty pleasure sense. I have to say it blew me away! This might all sound corny, like a bad B-movie, but that is not the case. My rating: 7/10.
This is the rare case where a sequel is actually better than the
original. Considering that original is the cheap and nasty Ghoulies,
it's really not much of an accomplishment. Anyway the plot here is that
the Ghoulies make their way to a carnival where business is poor. Their
presence manages to help business pick up but of course they do what
Ghoulies are meant to do and start killing people.
What makes this a better movie than the first? Well for starters the carnival setting is more interesting. The special effects for the Ghoulies is improved over the first. The cast is better, helped in large part by veteran Royal Dano and "little person" Phil Fondacaro. But ultimately it's the camp humor that this movie has that elevates it above the previous movie.
All this being said about how it's an improvement over the first Ghoulies, it's still not a very good movie. It's watchable enough for a movie of its kind. But let's not get carried away and say it's anything better than that. So, better than the first Ghoulies but still not very good.
Ghoulies 2 is by far better than the first part. You can't judge it
compared to masterpieces like Apocalypse now, but for a crappy little
80's monster movie, it's a lot of fun. Great laugh's especially when
they are hanging out in the haunting house causing trouble. The first
part tried to take itself a little too seriously with the occult store
background and was fairly irritating to watch. This one is a brain dead
monster attacks type movie, and I love it for that.
It's much more fun than the Critters franchise, albeit, Ghoulies part 1 is far worse than any of the first 3 Critters movies.
I have never seen Ghoulies 3 or 4, or number two is definitely worth a rent from your local video store.
This time the focus is much more on the ghoulies themselves. And
they're all ready to have some fun at the carnival!
There's lots of fun to be had here. You get to see ghoulies eat off a clowns arm (hoorah!)and my favorite scene features a ghoulie running over a man with a bumper car. Priceless.
Oh yeah, one of the more subtle moments I had to rewind a couple of times was when the mummy pops up and the kid kicks it back and you can hear the mummy say 'ow!'
Sure these films can be laughed at, but I have a feeling the movies are laughing with you. It's all very tongue in cheek and not to be taken too seriously. The only moment I think that was to be taken seriously was the terrible moment where the girl is talking about an incident that happened when she was younger; ala Pheobe Cates in Gremlins.
Still, that moment passes quickly and is completely forgettable.
I find these 'Ghoulies' films to be completely charming. If you're into Gremlins and Critters and Munchies and the like, check'em out.
You normally think of cinematic greats such as the Godfather 2,
Terminator 2, Empire Strikes Back and Aliens as 'superior' sequels. Not
many people ever mention the eighties horror 'Ghoulies 2' in the same
breath as any of the affore-mentioned films. However, it is head and
shoulders about its predecessor. Although, that's not saying much.
The original was about a wannabe sorcerer who conjured up a load of evil little critters, aka, 'ghoulies' only to have them turn on him. Sadly, the first film centred on the pretty bland humans, whereas the real stars of the show were the nasty little puppets who terrorised people. I'm guessing this was more to do with budget constraints, but, this time round, they seem to have learned from their mistakes. The ghoulies are the stars.
They're in it pretty much all the way through. Yes, the human characters are still pretty bland, but at least you don't really notice when the monsters get going. You could naturally pick faults in the film by saying how the ghoulies are about two feet tall and would probably find it difficult to actually hurt someone (let alone savage them to death), but we'll just skip that one and assume they are capable of killing tonnes of people.
It's hardly scary. There's not an awful lot of tension of scares in it (unless you're that afraid of rubbery-looking monsters) and you have to majorly suspend your disbelief to imagine that creatures can walk around a packed fairground and not be seen until it suits the script's needs. But, if you like cheesy eighties horror/monster movies, then give this one a go (and ignore the sequels the series truly peaks here and that's saying something!).
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