"Trilogy of Terror II" is one of the best Anthology entries around and a more-than-deserving sequel.
One woman appears in three unrelated horror stories as different characters and persona's.
The Good Story(ies): The Graveyard Rats-After murdering her husband, Laura Ansford, (Lysette Anthony) and her lover Ben, (Geraint Wyn Davies) travel to the countryside for the funeral. When they discover his will was rewritten, his coffin provides the only clues about the changed one, and break into the coffin to find it. In the process, they are attacked by giant rats and struggle to get out alive. This one wasn't all that bad, and it was pretty decent. The opening isn't all that great, but the segment really kicks into high gear once the grave-robbing sequence begins. That kick-starts it and never really slows down afterward, and is quite brilliantly done. There are some nice gore effects, where the rats begin to nibble away at the victims causing all kinds of damage, and there's some other wounds as well. The rats aren't that bad looking, and they're giant size makes them really ferocious and quite vicious. The discovery of the rats, by having them drag a corpse out unseen into the ground from inside the coffin, is very chilling and has a creepy quality to it, and the crawl through the underground caves is really creepy and very well done. This was a really nice segment.
Bobby-After accidentally drowning, Bobby, (Blake Heron) is revived by his Mother, (Lysette Anthony) by a voodoo curse and returns home. As she starts to care for him and nurse him back to health, he starts to act strangely and suggests playing a game together. While she searches the house, he plays a deadly game of hide-and-seek together. This was a really interesting one, and it wasn't a terrible one. This is a simple, straight-forward tale that is insanely creepy and really creepy. The fact that the film is confined to one place is quite original, as the house is one of the creepiest places around. There's lots of long, dark hallways, long winding staircases and huge rooms in the middle that allow for great traps to be set up. There's plenty of just great sequences spread throughout that are just full of tension and suspense. Among the greatest is the car siege, which features the usual clichés found within the types of scenes along with some new ideas, which are just a joy to behold. That the whole thing takes place during a thunderstorm is all the better, giving it an extra dose of fear when it highlights and then conceals, adding much to the chase. This was a very entertaining and certainly worthwhile segment.
He Who Kills-Taking in a Zuni fetish doll found at a crime scene, Dr. Simpson, (Lysette Anthony) begins to restore it and finds that it's perfect condition. Taking a short break for lunch, she returns to find the doll missing. Trying to leave, she is stalked by the murderous doll come to live, and struggles to get out alive. Once again, another straight-forward simple tale that is still insanely creepy and quite entertaining. It really looks quite menacing, and it gives the film an air of creepiness and dread. The body count is a little higher than before, and that's a nice little addition. The stalking scenes in the film, near the end where the doll goes psychotic and really starts in with the realization when she's alone. That there really kick-starts the segment, allowing for some really unnerving scenes, such as the ones in the dinosaur exhibit or the elevator. The elevator especially, which is nicely disturbing and really out there, making for a lot of great shocks and suspense to come from it. This one really works and works well.
The Bad Story(ies): There is only minor annoyances about this one, and they all stem from really unnecessary arguments. The fact that there's really nothing explained in any of the motivations for the three stories that makes them a little hard to get into. The rats appear at the very end of the first one and really don't make any sense. The son returning in the second one makes even less sense. It wasn't explained why it was like that when he came back, and a little explanation would've made the scenario all the more creepy. The less said about the back-story of the Zuni, the better. His makes no sense at all, but these are the main things I can find wrong with this one.
The Final Verdict: This was a really interesting and very entertaining Anthology series that stuck to it's best moments and really only has a few head-scratching moments where it's hard to get a sense of why that happened that bring this down. Fans of the first one will have a great time here, while others interested are advised to check it out.
Rated R: Graphic Violence and some Language
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