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House II: The Second Story

1987

PG-13 CC

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.

Starring:
Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Comedy, Horror
Director Ethan Wiley
Starring Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark
Supporting actors Royal Dano, Bill Maher, John Ratzenberger, Lar Park-Lincoln, Amy Yasbeck, Gregory Walcott, Dwier Brown, Lenora May, Devin DeVasquez, Jayne Modean, Ronn Carroll, Dean Cleverdon, Doug MacHugh, Mitzi Kapture, David Arnott, Kane Hodder, Susan Isaac, Gus Rethwisch
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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By Ghost on September 26, 2011
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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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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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I recently watched Comic Book Girl 19’s review for this movie. It had been 20 years since I had watched the movie. I used to watch this all the time in the mornings on HBO. House 2 is more of an adventure film rather than a outright horror movie. It is a hard film to define similar to Weird Science, and My Science Project films that are out and out strange. House 2 isn’t a bad movie nor is it great either, but it should be given credit for being interesting and original. I think the scariest part of the movie was the lead villain’s dead horse near the end of the movie. Gramps is funny in the movie and the caterpillar dog, and pterodactyl baby are cute and add comic relief. This is one of those films that is really out there in terms of logic and it is best to just roll with it and enjoy the ride.

House 2 was a better movie than the first film with a completely different story. I watched the film a lot when I was younger. It was one of my older brother’s favorite movies. For such a cheap movie the effects are well done. It is nice to see actual props and stunt work rather than CGI. If this film was remade today it would be all CGI look totally fake and not have the fun enjoyable moments like it has. The movie might be a B grade material but the actors seem to be having fun and the film does have a campy charm to it. Seems like the skull kept getting stolen every couple of minutes made you wonder why they didn’t try and put it in some kind of safe instead of up on the fireplace mantel where everyone could see it. Bill Maher plays an A-hole in this movie very well, no wonder I like his show so much nowadays.

Overall if you are looking for a different type of movie than you might want to give House 2 a try. Those who bashed the film probably did not even watch the whole movie or give it a chance. I would rate it 3 ½ to 4 stars.
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