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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:

Come over to my house... but don't come alone! 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ethan Wiley had only two weeks to write the screenplay. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Jeepers Creepers (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
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Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill
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Pretty Good for a Sequel!
10 December 1998 | by TaiyoSee all my reviews

Another house, another set of house-guests. Although the first few scenes make you wonder if the movie was worth seeing, you're soon captivated by this movie. "House II" continues the comedic tradition set forth in the first "House". Arye Gross is as excellent as ever as Jesse, the new owner of the house, and Jonathan Stark, best known for his voice abilities in animated shows, is without equal in his role as Jesse's quirky and weird friend Charlie.

This movie will take you from the Wild West to the ancient Aztecs to the Crustaceous Period to the present time (October 30, 1986 in the movie). Charlie and Jesse get involved in one absolutely hilarious adventure after another. Like "House I", this movie is horror with a comedy bent, and doesn't have the nudity, language, or extreme violence that categorized most horrors of the eighties. It's good, clean fun. Sure, there's a few long-dead guests, but they're basically harmless. Add to the thrill some humorous, and well-done, special effects, and some interesting new pets, and you've got a winner!

If you enjoy "House II", it would be worth your while to check out "The Never-Ending Story" -- they work on a similar bent of fantasy and comedic special effects to catch your interest. Some viewers may also enjoy movies like "The Adventures of Pecos Bill". and more die-hard horror fans might also like "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight"


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