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GHOULIES 2 (1988) takes the title mini-monsters from the first film, and puts them in a carnival. How? Wellll, the little demonoids hitch a ride on a truck for the DEVIL'S DEN carnival, naturally! Sound absurd? Wellll, you ain't heard nothin' yet! While the first film was idiotic in every way imaginable, it did have the semblance of a "plot". G2 just contrives a way for the creatures to start causing trouble as soon as possible. G1 was also a hoot and a half to watch. This one? Not so much. The slimy owners of the carnival are looking into whether or not to close it down. Can it somehow make a profit in time? Let the mayhem begin! Royal Dano (MESSIAH OF EVIL) does his best w/ the awful material w/ which he had to work. The only time the insufferable, brain-pickling dullness stops, is when some annoying or repellent patron is being harassed and / or maimed by the pus-spewing hell puppets. The rest consists of carnies working on their relationships, or getting in touch w/ their feelings. Good luck w/ this deep-fried urinal cake!... AN EXTRA STAR: For the "terror on the midway" sequence at the end. If the first 75% of the movie had been like this, it still would have been terrible, but at least it would have been more fun to watch!... P.S.- You've gotta love the people just running back and forth during the finale! Where are they going?... P.P.S.- Make sure not to miss the giant Ghoulie at the end! It's cheeeze-zilla for the ages!...
I remember as a kid in the 80s, at the local mom and pop video store, seeing the classic poster art for the original "Ghoulies." You know the one - the "ghoulie" rising from the toilet bowl. Oh how that poster art intrigued my young mind.
"Ghoulies" was one of many imitations of the more popular "Gremlins." It seemed back then little creatures wrecking havoc was all the craze in Hollywood. The original "Ghoulies" was even popular enough to spawn three sequels, which brings us to the first of these sequels, "Ghoulies II."
If you're looking for a well-written, well-acted, well-directed film, well... "Ghoulies II" I'm afraid, would not be for you. If you're looking for some cheesy special effects, some cool rubber monsters, some whacky stop-motion cinematography, all within the confines of a haunted carnival attraction then this film is just what you're looking for.
Films like this were on almost every weekend when I was growing up. Oh so many of my Saturday afternoons/evenings were spent watching B-horror films with a bag of chips and a couple of buddies. It was like a right of passage. No longer do the cable channels offer these gems. So sad.
Last weekend my son and I sat down together and watched "Ghoulies II." For that hour and a half I was transported to a time, a much simpler time. When it was over I knew, judging by my son's reaction, that the torch had been passed.
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2018
I typically seek out bad horror movies, (especially sequels), which prompted me to select this one. I was actually surprised how engaged I was in this one, the characters were decently well written and I found the SFX to be above par. Definitely watch this if you want to enjoy yourself.
I had to revisit this film because I loved this film as a kid. It's fun B-movie shlock in the vein of Gremlins and still more fun than the first installment. I'm actually partial to the 3rd but that's just me.
I used to think that the only sequel to surpass the original was Shrek 2, and yet here we are. The only reason I won't rate this movie with a perfect 5 stars is because it features a too-real look at the perils of alcoholism, which made me sad. RIPD Uncle Ned
In Videotheken und auch in der Heavy Metal Szene sorgte der Streifen damals für Aufsehen. Schliesslich steuerte die Kultband W.a.s.p. den Knaller " Scream until you like it "als Soundtrack bei.Der als Bonus Clip vorliegt mit u.a. entfallenen Szenen.Womit man dann auch mit Uncut werben darf,wenn man ein Auge zudrückt. Ein Blick auf Cover sagt eigentlich alles.Wer eine schwäche für 80 Jahre hat und Filme wie Gremlins und Critters mag kann bedenkenlos zugreifen.Die DVD hat ein gutes Bild und Ton,habe den Kauf nicht bereut mochte den Film damals schon.4 Sterne