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House II: The Second Story (Midnight Madness Series) (1987)

Arye Gross , Bill Maher , Ethan Wiley  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arye Gross, Bill Maher
  • Directors: Ethan Wiley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053TWVA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jesse McLaughlin’s sitting on top of the world. He’s a talented artist with a growing career and a beautiful girlfriend. And he’s moving into a magnificent house. A very special house. A house which will plunge him into an incredible adventure…one where all of his dreams, fantasies and nightmares will be realized. He’ll meet his 175-year-old great-great grandfather, encounter a giant barbarian, confront a pterodactyl, discover a crystal skull with magical life-restoring powers and more. And he’ll be thrust into a life-and-death struggle, encountering things guaranteed to horrify and delight – all without ever leaving this house.

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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel November 12, 2002
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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 (Arye Gross) move in with his girlfriend Kate (Lar Park-Lincoln). His friend Charlie (Jonathan Stark), a music agent, arrives with his new diva discovery Jana (Amy Yasbeck) to help him thru the unfamiliar first few days. 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. He even misses his housewarming party while studying the skull's history.
His studies lead him to dig up the grave of his great, great grandfather, or Gramps (Royal Dano), where he discovers the old coot isn't dead just in limbo. The person who possesses the skull is granted eternal youth but it also warps the space-time continuum within the House.
Gramps comes home with Jesse, is more enthralled by Kleenex boxes and TV than the mysteries around him and ducks for cover whenever someone from another time comes to steal the skull. Just like the first movie different rooms lead into different time zones. Jesse and Charlie have many hilarious adventures battling caveman, dinosaurs, Aztecs an evil cowboy called Slim. The one that killed Jesse's parents and betrayed Gramps over a century ago.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars House 2 September 26, 2011
By Ghost
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Another great movie.Does not go along with the orgional House, but still a Strange and funny movie.Its great for all family members to watch. Highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Drank With a Zombie (3.5 stars) January 24, 2011
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Fun but dumb, "House II: The Second Story" is an altogether different tale than that of the original "House," starring William Katt. In the second installment, a yuppie couple (Arye Gross and Lar Park Lincoln) inherit a mansion, only to discover an alternate universe inside. Hijinks ensue when the lucky owner reunites with his undead great-great-grandfather and, along with his goofy buddy, battles baby pterodactyls, angry outlaws and Bill Maher.

Although a character in "Scream 2" cites the film as a superior sequel, "House II" does little to one-up its predecessor. Taking on a much lighter tone and with little to no violence, this sequel is more like a campy spoof of the first film, which in and of itself was a silly affair. No worries, though, as once you know what to expect, you can have a good time with the film. The performances across the board are light-hearted and fun, with plenty of lovable goofballs to go around (a sequel concerning these characters would be a good time). The score by Harry Manfredini is most memorable, as you'll be humming the film's main theme not long after the credits have rolled.

Writer/director Ethan Wiley may not have created much of a horror film, but his blend of the supernatural and absurd with a hint of Western makes for a winning recipe that just can't be matched. Those expecting bloodshed and jump-scares will be left in the cold, but perhaps with a few drinks in hand and with the right expectations, you'll find "House II: The Second Story" a film deserving of the title "cult classic."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy Horror Fun! May 31, 2012
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I remember walking up to grocery store (at the time I lived in a very small town) when I was a kid with my aunt (who's only six years older than me). The grocery store had a very limited VHS rentals, in which we rented Critters 2 and House II. I had seen the first House a few years before when my parents bought it. And I seen the original Critters on the big screen, as my uncle demanded that the movie was funny, but mom and grandma had a different opinion after taking my aunt and me to see it. Anyway, I have fond memories of House II, despite it being less creepy than the first one. House II has more comedy, prehistoric creatures (and 80's cheap special effects), a crystal skull, and zombie gunslingers. Overall, it is cheesy horror fun.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SEQUEL TO A GREAT HORROR MOVIE January 5, 2012
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I ALWAYS THOUGHT PART I HOUSE WAS A GREAT HORROR MOVIE BUT THIS MOVIE SURPASSES THE FIRST ONE. GREAT MOVIE WITH EACH ROOM BEING SOMEWHERE ELSE IN PLACE, TIME, AND THE GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER JESSE MADE THIS MOVIE HAVE A LIGHTER HUMOR THAN REGULAR HORROR MOVIES. I JUST PURCHASED IT AND WATCH IT 2-3 TIMES A DAY. NOT FOR VERY SMALL CHILDREN,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars House II July 2, 2010
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I enjoyed this movie. Keep in mind while watching that it was made in the 80's and you're good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Alex g
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So unique and hilariously bizarre!. It plays like a great kid's movie. It is all over the place and full of wacky twists and scenes. You will find everything you could ever want in this movie and more: a lovable alcoholic reminiscing great great great undead grandfather, a caterpillar-dog, pterodactyl baby, a cowboy zombie, and even an expert electrician and adventurer (played by John Ratzenberger!!!).

When the director/writer was approached with the opportunity to make this film, he knew it would be the last time he would ever get complete free reign...so he chose to put everything he ever wanted to make a movie about in this movie. It is an adventure of the imagination.

People hated it because the title and advertisement connected it with an R-rated horror film that has (virtually) nothing to do with the movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Better than the first ,great characters ,lots of action and my grandchilden 12 and up loved it
Published 1 day ago by rhonda Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars great
one of the best old tv show to watch the children and grand children love this tv series we no own the whole set
Published 19 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars 5
I have not watched it. I bought it has a present. There is nothing else I can say at this time.
Published 1 month ago by Tina Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
This dvd was a great addition to my movie collection.I like to collect movies that I like to add to my library
Published 1 month ago by Shirlann Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yeah!!!
Excellent quality picture. It came well wrapped and in excellent condition. I'm surprised to find this movie. you can't get it everywhere. I love it!
Published 3 months ago by chasta davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Hokey Funny and 80 Appropriate
This was a classic 80s horror sequel...although the First is a favorite this one is a good humored classic to enjoy.
Published 4 months ago by Jamie
4.0 out of 5 stars Passing My Love Of Campy Horror Films To My Kids.
I have two boys, age 6 years old and 20 years old, and they enjoy me sharing old campy horror movies from the 80s. Like C.H.U.D. and the Twilight Zone movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Nuckols
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
This is an older movie but fun to watch. A family movie that is pg13 type. Small kids might find the scary parts too scary. However, lots of humor, amusing dialogue and action.
Published 5 months ago by Misty
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic...
Loved it when I was little, and still very amusing. Good mix of dark adventure and comedy. I hope the comedy was on purpose...
Published 5 months ago by joshua burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Favorite !!!
When I was young I would beg my father to let me watch this movie all the time on our old vhs tape. I can't believe I finally own this fun classic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leifken
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