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While many may argue that this is a superior movie to the 1979 original (all about "The Tall Man",his killer dwarfs and the flying spheres of death) it suffers in a number of small ways when compared to the rest of the series.
The main problem, although he does very well in the role, is the casting of James Le Gros. A decent actor and he handles all of the surreal horror well but he's just not the same lad we travelled alongside in the first movie and that DOES make a difference when the other, familiar faces are being played by the same people (namely, Angus Scrimm as "The Tall Man" and Reggie Bannister as Reggie). The other problem, and one that would crop up in every future instalment, is the way that Coscarelli paints himself into a corner and then has to contort his way out of it. Perversely, this makes for some added entertainment value at the same time but it does throw up a number of jarring inconsistencies and moments that take you out of the scary world you were immersed in.
The plot throws us straight back into pursuit mode as young Michael and Reggie pursue "The Tall Man", finding evidence of his presence in many American small towns and always getting close but not quite close enough until, conveniently, nearer the end of the movie. Along the way, we learn a little bit more about the plans he has and the practices he has in place to make them become a reality.
Paula Irvine and Samantha Phillips add some enjoyable female company this time around but they're really not given that much to do (at least, not until the fun finale). Phillips, especially, is basically used as an exposition tool although it's certainly a unique way to get characters up to speed. As things veer ever closer to the ridiculous you have to make a conscious decision to either go along with the movie completely or to let things like realism and logic ruin your enjoyment. I went with the former option and had a lot of fun that way.
See this if you like: Phantasm, Bubba Ho-tep, Evil Dead II.
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