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What do you do if your career has remained stagnant for a decade? When
the demand for films about hooker cops have dried up because the USA
Network doesn't have "Up All Night" anymore? Well if you're Rick Sloan
you make a remake/sequel to your (in)famous other film that only got
ANY acknowledgement whatsoever by being featured on MST3K. But this
time out, instead of being the butt of the joke, you'd seek to be in on
the joke and make the movie intentionally campy. But you'd try way too
hard & once again it would all end up in (predictable) disaster.
There's no point in describing the plot here, as if you've seen the first one, you've pretty much seen this. Oh the hobgoblins pray on peoples' fears instead of their fantasies and it's set a bit later then the first, but otherwise it's the same thing. Only somewhere worse because the movie's self-aware how bad it is the time out. Needless to say I didn't care for the movie in the least.
Eye Candy: None in the actual movie, but there are some topless babes in the trailer for "Mind, Body & Soul"
My Grade: D-
DVD Extras: Commentary with director Rick Sloan; 'Hobgoblins 2: what were they thinking?' (a 9 minute 50 second featurette on why Rick made the movie as well as the cast from the first one reacting to watching it); nearly 5 minutes (it seems longer) of worthless deleted scene; stills gallery; deathly unfunny fake trailers for Chainsaw Chicks, Nightmare of the lost whores, & Amputee Hookers; and sadly all-too real trailers for this film, as well as, "Hobgoblins", "the Visitants", "Blood Theater", "Good Girls Don't", & "Mind, Body & Soul"
I have very few times felt so disappointed with a movie as with
Hobgoblins 2.But it did not disappoint me for being a bad movie,but
because it is not enough bad.Or,better said,it is not so bad that it is
good.The reason of that low (and at the same time high) expectation is
its predecessor : Hobgoblins,a legendary piece of crap which was
re-discovered 10 years after its release thanks to the public
humiliation it received in Mystery Science Theater 3000, a brilliant TV
programme which laughed of any pigswill whose rights were enough cheap
to buy.That mockery it received was undoubtedly deserved.Hobgoblins was
basically a rip-off of the excellent movie Critters,and it belonged to
the wave of movies featuring hairy creatures which were so popular back
in the 80's.Hobgoblins could not really be classified as a horror
film...it is in fact an inept comedy which is full of clichés,from the
teenager main characters to the horrible special effects which were
common to see in low budget productions from that decade.Now,21 years
later,I hoped that Hobgoblins 2 would fulfill with potential of being
the sequel of one of the worst movies in the History of cinema (I am
not exaggerating by saying that).I thought this movie was going to be
so epically bad that it would case serious consequences : it should
provoke psychological damage on me; alter the colours from the
television; leave traces on the sofa...in summary,I expected to see an
epic piece of crap which would finally cure my obsession with the "B"
cinema, or at least,that I would become into a reincarnation of Joe Bob
Briggs (he is not dead,do not misunderstand),in other words,a person
who is able to enjoy even the worst movies.Unfortunately,Hobgoblins 2
resulted to be tedious and execrable.In other words,it was not so bad
that it was good...it was simply bad.In summary : an enormous
disappointment,which was even bigger to the one I took with Star Wars :
Episode 1 : The Phantom Menace.I think that the main problem with
Hobgoblins 2 was that I could not recognize which aspects from it were
intentional or accidental.The horrible "jokes" from the screenplay
completely fail...seriously,did director and screenwriter Rick Sloan
think they would make somebody to laugh? But his work was not only
disastrous as a screenwriter,but also as a director,because this movie
is full of continuity problems and it never finds a good rhythm or
tone.Other important fails from this movie are the incoherent dialogs
and the pathetic performances.Hobgoblins 2 is a truly execrable movie
which does not deserve to even exist.Stay very far away from it.
Rating : 0 (rating this movie with a 1 out of 10 is way too much)
The unexpected but totally welcome sequel to Hobgoblins turns out to be
a masterpiece of finely toned cheeseball comedy. Rick Sloane outdoes
himself, as do all the cast members, in lovingly recreating and
perfecting upon all of the details that made the original Hobgoblins
what it was, with a plethora of improvements that truly do justice to
its predecessor as well as its audience.
Hobgoblins 2 proudly flaunts its facade of a cheap horror flick to turn out to be a top-notch comedy, particularly for lovers of obscure low-budget movies. However, this sequel seems to transcend the genre of its degeneratively exploitative former to take on a veiled yet outright humor context. This time, the cheap puppet monsters seem downplayed in favor of further character analysis and an even more suburban exploration of the characters' daily lives. In this sense, the movie expands upon reinventing the characters from the first movie while remaining true to their motivations and foibles with impeccably fumbled writing and a harshly unrealistic-realism that lampoons young adult romance.
The settings are down to earth, albeit limited to a rather suburban setting. Jumping between the characters' homes and the caricature hospital is a bit constrictive, but do not seem out of place to the story. It is the extras that help give the most character to the environs, with their bizarre, almost Twin Peaks-esquire peculiarities that make their cornball routine fresh and lovable. If there's one thing this movie lacks, it's incompetence. Of special note is the attention paid to the characters' relationships: Nick and Daphne's oversexed and rabid romance, perfectly countered by Kevin and Amy's frigid and unfulfilling polar opposite relationship, with both refracted by Kyle's lonesome and misled desire for something perhaps more transcendental. And while we may question how these characters ended up hanging out together, there is little doubt that the actors exude perfect chemistry with one another, be the relationship of the characters friendship or courtship.
Even this self-aware spoof does maintain some flaws, however. For one thing, I find myself wishing for just a bit more "suspense" and more puppet wrestling, as the aftertaste of the movie feels like the entire film's a bit heavy on snarky talky scenes. As a fan, I also recall Kyle being somewhat quieter in the first movie, and sometimes I wonder if he wasn't a bit too unsympathetic this time around, but this speculation is perhaps a moot point. However, a major flaw is the fact that for the most part Hobgoblins 1 may be required viewing before its sequel in order to better grasp the self-referential humor or even the point of view from which the film is coming from. While this last point remains a more significant negative of the film, on the whole Hobgoblins 2 is not devoid of its plus qualities.
As previously mentioned, Hobgoblins 2 is both funny and loyal to the first film, exceeding the previous film for sheer quality by at least a fair margin, although the first Hobgoblins doubtlessly remains a classic from being featured on the immortal Mystery Science Theater 3000. The second film by far requires no such riffing commentary, and such treatment would only be awkward if not redundant, as Hobgoblins 2 is keenly aware of itself without breaking the fourth wall too much. Hobgoblins 2 also features an outstanding balance, that perfect pitch it needs to succeed, as it is fully capable of being unflinching without crossing the self-destructive line of shamefulness.
As a whole, Hobgoblins 2 is a Quixotic embrace with conceptualizing old standards to be fresh and exciting again. To create this level of fan service requires such attentive duty and caring for the genre that the entire cast and crew ought to be commended for their work, even in an era where people seem to know where you're coming from too quickly. Forgetting any tired cynicism, this film certainly feels like it was an enjoyable experience to make, which is important in any cinema. The essential factor in quality is that the subject be true to itself, and true to its audience.
I feel no qualms about using the following phrase as I feel it accurately pertains to this movie: Thank you, Hobgoblins 2, for teaching us to laugh about love, again.
Hey, i know everybody thinx they're an expert on horror nowadays, and i'm no exception. I live for horror VHS - i don't even really care or like DVD re-releases (which i thought this was). Okay, the whole time i'm watching this movie, i'm thinking this was made in '87/'88 (hob 2) becuz it was soO 87/88 no flinching - the hardcore over/under-done acting, the lighting - i thought the internet jokes were about the early internet - i still can't believe this wuz done in 2007! Awesome job pulling that off! and the director's a really nice John Waters fan. kudos need to be given. I met the director when he was signing at Spudic's Movie Empire in Van Nuys.
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