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The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers.

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The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers.

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Come over to my house... but don't come alone! See more »

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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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A Casa do Espanto II  »

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Bill Tanner, the electrician/adventurer is played by John Ratzenberger, best known for his role as Cliff the mailman on Cheers (1982). His on-screen best friend from Cheers, Norm (played by George Wendt), appears in the previous film, House (1986) as the next door neighbor, Harold. See more »

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When Jesse is in the kitchen trying to get the skull from the bird's mouth, you can briefly see the puppeteer operating the bird in the lower right corner of the screen. See more »

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Slim: [Holds up the glowing skull] Now it's mine!
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Follows House (1986) See more »

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Not just a new house with new owners, but a different kind of movie
11 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sequels so often repeat a lot of the previous film and lack in imagination. Most are just made to milk more money out of the title and today not much has changed. However, sometimes they can be a real surprise and take things in cool and unexpected directions. The first 'House' was a success financially and with audiences, not so much with critics, and so naturally a sequel would be made. But instead of bringing back the same characters and putting them in a different house, the makers of II sort of took the same route as 'Halloween III: Season of the Witch' did and introduced new people in a new situation. The result is not as good as the first, but a good little movie in it's own right.

Pros: Good work by the cast, obviously having a ball. Another solid score by Manfredini, different yet with a similar flavor to the first. Really cool and unique house, inside and out. Fantastic make-up and special effects. Some really fun set pieces. The humor is sillier this time, but much of it works. Fast paced from beginning to end. Like the original this one is full of creative vitality.

Cons: Not much in the way of plot. If you expect to be scared you'll be let down. Pretty dated. Some of the humor is just too silly and falls flat.

Final thoughts: The makers of this film were really smart to not repeat themselves. Of course, some will likely be disappointed that this is less a Horror/Comedy and more a Comedy/Fantasy/Adventure movie. However, if you can get past that then you may enjoy this second chapter in the 'House' legacy. There is surely no lack of fun or surprises in the film's 85 minutes.

My rating: 3.5/5


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