5.4/10
8,088
75 user 48 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(inspired by an original story by),
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

House (1985)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience. But killing Max Jenke only elevated him to another level of ... See full summary »

Directors: James Isaac, David Blyth
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Rita Taggart
House IV (Video 1992)
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Roger Cobb (William Katt) is killed in a car accident. His family must move into the house that has haunted him for several years. Soon the family begins to experience scary and unexplained phenomena.

Director: Lewis Abernathy
Stars: Terri Treas, William Katt, Scott Burkholder
The Gate (1987)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. What follows is a classic battle between good and evil as the two kids struggle ... See full summary »

Director: Tibor Takács
Stars: Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker
Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall
Critters (1986)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A race of small, furry aliens make lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Mike travels through time and dimensions to find the Tall Man's origins.

Director: Don Coscarelli
Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Kate (as Lar Park Lincoln)
...
...
...
...
...
Virgin (as Devin Devasquez)
Jayne Modean ...
...
Deputy
...
Doug MacHugh ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa do Espanto II  »

Box Office

Gross:

$7,800,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

When Bill the electrician first enters the house, the dolly track is clearly visible on the floor for over 30 seconds. See more »

Quotes

Gramps: [Crying] Look at me. I'm a 170-year-old fart. I'm a goddamn zombie.
See more »

Connections

Followed by House IV (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"Looks like you've got some kind of alternate universe in there or something."
28 March 2002 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

House II: The Second Story (no pun intended, I'm sure) is a great example of lighthearted horror. I've loved this movie since I was a kid. I applaud Ethan Wiley, who also wrote the original, for making a sequel that is good enough to carry on the House name. A lot of people are blown away by the fact that this movie has nothing to do with Roger Cobb or his house. But what they were trying to do with this series was to inspire an anthology of haunted house movies, and not staying with the same house. Although having nothing to do with the original, House II still manages to continue its inventive legacy. For example, look at the scene where the cupboard pops open to reveal an ironing board. That's a conventional horror scare tactic and yet, it's not a cat that popped out. It's more creative than most genre pictures. Another tradition they seemed to maintain was having a Cheers cast member in the film. This time it's John Ratzenberger. Did you ever think you'd see Cliff Clavin fighting amazon warriors? House II is a very funny film too. There's more comedy in this one, but it's not over the top.

The cast helps to make the comedy work. Royal Dano gives a great performance as the kindhearted Gramps. He plays the funny parts just right, and has those sad eyes in other scenes that make you feel sorry for his character. The comical tag team of the heroes, Arye Gross (Soul Man) and Jonathon Stark (Fright Night) works well. But what in the hell is Bill Maher doing in this movie? And why wasn't he killed? The best lines of dialogue are between Jonathon Stark and Bill Maher:

Maher: "Who's your friend, Bozo the Clown?"

Stark: "No, Bozo the Death Machine."

And I can't forget to mention Harry Manfredini's score. It holds the movie together no matter what scenario you've just been thrown into. House II deserves more respect than it gets because it's a good horror/comedy (which is rare)...and your kids can enjoy it too.

Note for genre buffs: Kane Hodder was the stunt coordinator for House II and did a cameo as the gorilla guy. Dwier Brown, who plays Clarence, appeared in the first House as the Lieutenant in the Vietnam scenes.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?