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House II: The Second Story (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 28 August 1987 (USA)
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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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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A Casa do Espanto II  »

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$7,800,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Lar Park-Lincoln who plays Kate in the movie, and Kane Hodder who played the man in the Gorilla costume as well as the stunt coordinator, also appear together in another one of Sean Cunningham's productions, entitled "Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood" where Lar Park-Lincoln plays Tina Shepherd and Kane Hodder plays Jason Voorhees. See more »

Goofs

After "Gramps" feeds the worm-dog a bottle of beer, he tells the animal to go off and play, while turning him to the floor. It's then that you can see the obvious arm of the puppeteer, clothed in the same cloth of the blanket "Gramps" is using. See more »

Quotes

Jesse: Jessie! It's me! I'm your great-great grandson. They named me after you. My name is Jessie too.
Gramps: [Gramps slowly removes mask, Jessie and Charlie wimper] My great-great grandson? What year is it?
Jesse: I don't know.
Gramps: Now don't you mess with me boy!
Jesse: Uhh! October 30, 1986!
Gramps: Well goddamn. I've been waitin' over 70 years for some jackass to get the scent to come dig me up. Thank you, boy.
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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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