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House II: The Second Story (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 28 August 1987 (USA)
The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers.

Director:

Ethan Wiley

Writers:

Fred Dekker (inspired by an original story by), Ethan Wiley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arye Gross ... Jesse
Jonathan Stark Jonathan Stark ... Charlie
Royal Dano ... Gramps
Bill Maher ... John
John Ratzenberger ... Bill
Lar Park-Lincoln ... Kate (as Lar Park Lincoln)
Amy Yasbeck ... Lana
Gregory Walcott ... Sheriff
Dwier Brown ... Clarence
Lenora May ... Judith
Devin DeVasquez ... Virgin (as Devin Devasquez)
Jayne Modean Jayne Modean ... Rochelle
Ronn Carroll ... Deputy
Dean Cleverdon ... Slim
Doug MacHugh ... High Priest
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Storyline

Jesse moves to his biological parents' house with his girlfriend Kate and soon he hosts his friend Charlie with his girlfriend. Jesse reads old documents and decides to go to the local cemetery with Charlie to unbury his grand grand grandfather to seek out an ancient powerful Aztec skull. They reanimate Gramps that soon befriends Jesse and Charlie. But demons cross gateways in the house to retrieve the magic skull and Jesse and Charlie need to go to other dimensions to retrieve the skull and keep Gramps alive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Frightening strikes twice! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House II: The Unexpected See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,573,934, 30 August 1987

Gross USA:

$7,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,800,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While billed as a sequel, this actually has little or no connection with the first film. See more »

Goofs

After "Gramps" feeds the worm-dog a bottle of beer, he tells the animal to go off and play, while turning him to the floor. It's then that you can see the obvious arm of the puppeteer, clothed in the same cloth of the blanket "Gramps" is using. See more »

Quotes

Bill: There it is. Looks like you've got some kind of alternate universe in there or something.
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Alternate Versions

The Swedish VHS release is cut in the scene where Slim gets his head blown off. See more »

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Referenced in All Night Gaming (2016) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Pleasantly surprised.
30 March 2010 | by warrenthSee all my reviews

For a movie that has almost no "names" attached, this is surprisingly good. The actors are well cast, their characters are charming, and the jokes are well paced. It takes itself just seriously enough that you don't feel insulted by the storytelling.

You can't have the wrong expectations. I think if you've seen the first and are expecting something similar you will be disappointed. I do however think this is a very well put together film. The pacing is solid, the comedy is more well done than a lot of big budget comedy from around the same time, and there are some well done quirky moments that really elevate the experience.

The main area that it falls down is the lack of depth. There is maybe one moment that really touches something real, but it's brief. The rest is straight adventure. But it's well done. Given the choice between seeing this again or re-watching the new Indie movie about crystal skulls, I'd choose this since it's at least as entertaining but doesn't let you down like Indie did.

The last criticism is perhaps the most damning. This is not a must see movie. If you live your entire life without seeing it, you'll be fine. I don't really even recommend it. But if you do watch it, I recommend you enjoy it for what it is and don't lament that it isn't better.

I would recommend it for kids 9-12. It's perfect for that age. Kind of scary, plenty of snicker and giggle moments. Plenty of cute. Plenty of weird.

There may be some language but it's situation appropriate and pretty tame. No nudity, a little cleavage, nothing you won't see on a visit to the mall.


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