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The door of the mental hospital opens, releasing Ricky from its confines. He takes with him the terrifying memory of his brother Billy's death and the burning image of Mother Superior-the powerful figure that brought about his brother's violent demise. For Ricky, starting a new life means avenging his brother's death. By whatever means necessary, whether it be the cutting edge of a shiny steel knife blade, or the electrifying charge of a set of battery cables, Ricky is set in this blind journey of revenge leading ultimately to Mother Superior. As Mother Superior prays in the dark, we suggest she say an extra prayer for herself, because not even her faith will be enough to stop Ricky. But prayers will do little for in the silent part of this night! Written by
According to James Newman and Lee Harry, the role of Ricky Caldwell came down to Eric Freeman and another actor. The other actor had more experience and was a better actor overall, but they liked Eric's looks better, so they chose him. See more »
In the VHS version, when Ricky crosses the street during his shooting rampage, the entire crew is visibly standing around, equipment and all. The DVD release crops out most of the crew, though a boom mic and the top of someone's head are still visible. See more »
That bastard. He left us out there to die!
That was so long ago. How could you possibly remember all that?
Because... I was there. You know, I don't like your attitude, Bloom!
My attitude is not the issue here, Mr. Caldwell.
Oh yeah, I forgot. You in a hurry, Doc? Am I wasting your valuable time?
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So much flashback footage from part one is shown in the first half of this movie, that when the end credits start, they credit the ENTIRE cast and crew from part one also, along with the cast and crew of this sequel. See more »
It's a wonder that this first of four sequels to the 1984 cult classic exists at all. The first film was picketed until it was pulled from theatres, causing it to take a nosedive at the Box Office. But then this was the 80s, the decade the VCR was invented, and so the controversial horror film found a new life on video. It took three years, but a sequel was given the greenlight and was released to theatres instead of going straight to video like some of the later sequels. However, this film isn't known for the same thing the original is. Instead this sequel is famous because the first 40 minutes or so is mostly footage from the original in the form of flashbacks. Boy talk about low budget film-making. On the upside though, the rest of the running time is all new footage featuring Ricky, the brother of the first film's killer, instead of being a re-cut version of the first film like originally planned.
Pros: Moves at a fast pace. The acting, though not great, isn't too bad. It's fun to watch Eric Freeman chew the scenery("Garbage Day!" lol). Some creative kills. Some intentionally/unintentionally funny stuff. A good score, especially the main theme. And finally it's pretty gutsy of the makers of the film to use so much footage from the first film and adding around 40 minutes of new footage as a wraparound. You gotta admire them for that.
Cons: Maybe they shouldn't have used as much footage from part 1 as they did. There are a few minor continuity errors with the first film, like Ricky's last name and who gave Billy his job for example. Some mediocre acting, but thankfully it's from the actors in minor roles. No suspense or anything new.
Final thoughts: This is in no way a great film. Instead it's one of many so-bad-it's-good horror films of the 80s. It's deeply flawed, but sometimes the faults add to the fun, which is true in this case. It's also amazing that this was not the final nail in the coffin, for there have been three more sequels since and talk of a possible remake of the original.
My rating: 3/5
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