House II details
|Starring:||John Ratzenberger, Royal Dano, Amy Yasbeck, Lar Park Lincoln, Ayre Gross, Jonathan Stark, Bill Maher|
|Studio:||ANCHOR BAY HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 28 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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The best House film by farBy David Gray from Clackmannanshire, Scotland , 27 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This non-related sequel is so sweet-natured, so tame and family orientated that to assume otherwise is completely ludicrous. There is nothing in this movie that could possibly rate it above a PG, max. I wouldn't even have reservations letting younger children watch House 2.
A new house has a 20-something yuppie called Jesse move in with his girlfriend Kate. The house is where Jesse's parents were killed when he was just a baby and it full of many curiosities.
Crafted in a bizarre Gothic-Aztec style the house itself is a marvellous set and the many rooms and passages are as mysterious to us as they are to Jesse. Sitting on one of his many mantelpieces is a crystal skull that fascinates him for some reason.
What follows is the revelation that his 160 year old cowboy grandad, Gramps, is still alive his life fuelled by the power of the crystal skull. Whoever possess' it also possess' the power of eternal life. Howver evil forces from within the house are determined to take the crystal skull for themseves...
Just like the first movie different rooms lead into different time zones. Jesse and his friend Charlie have many hilarious adventures battling caveman, dinosaurs, Aztecs and an evil cowboy called Slim.
House 2 has so much careless abandon and zany plot twists that it is totally impossible not to love this movie.
One of the weaker aspects of this sequel is that it has more SFX and animation by Phil Tippet's stop-motion workshop and less by Dreamquest. The matte paintings are gorgeous but the dated dinosaurs look hokey in a few shots. If you can just squint during these moments you won't notice.
In a stand out scene, John Ratzenberger (Cliffy from Cheers, the first two movies star one of the barflies) appears as a repairman/adventurer who assists Jesse and Charlie battle some Aztecs.
This film may not appeal to many, due to the focus being more on the the comedy than the horror, unlike the original House, but I first sae this when I was seven and loved it even way back then. For some lighthearted, stupid horror that is sure to keep you entertained, you can't get much better!
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House - just stay thereBy a customer , 22 Jul 2011This is more of a joke than a movie. Lousy acting and a farcical script. I really don't know what is going for it..!
80's CheesefestBy ceeps (1 review) from Rotherham , 24 Feb 2009Having fond memories of watching this film on it's release in the 80's it was good to view it again 20 odd years on. The effects were nowhere near as good as I thought they were back then and the storyline is predictable to say the least. Having said that it is a good mindless watch if only to remind us of how truly bad shirts and hair were in the 80's
errBy a customer from Cannock , 02 Jan 2009eerr got to be the worst out of the four . cowboy monsters dosnt do it for me. crap
Really Weird, not scaryBy Richard Wagner from London, England , 21 Dec 2006This one is stranger than the first. (I have yet to see 3 and 4 as I write this, but will soon.)
So we have an Cowboy ghoul trying to recover an skull he and his partner stole from an Aztec pyramid. And there is a cave man at some point, and they end up among dinosaurs looking for the skull. All kinds of weird stuff like that happens, and he ends up with another girlfriend, I don't even remember where she came from.
Movie is incoherent but slightly entertaining just because it is so bizarre.
I give it 2/5, and would only recommend it for eccentrics who like weird movies like Basket Case, Monster in the Closet, etc. But note that this movie is very tame, in that, there is little violence, no nudity, I don't think any foul language, not that I remember. This is a family horror, if a horror at all.
the worst sequel ever!By Andrew Worth from england , 01 Nov 2005dont even enter!!!
this film has to be one of the worst sequels i have ever seen. the first one was quite funny and jumpy in places but this was absolute tripe.
not a lot of sequels do the first one justice and this definatly didnt at all!