House II: The Second Story (1987) Review

Posted: June 20, 2019 in FILM REVIEWS/COMMENTS
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A man exhumes an ancestor in the house where his parents were killed to stop an evil cowboy who wants to possess a crystal skull.

Friday the 13th’s Sean S. Cunningham in a producer role takes a leaf out of John Carpenter’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) as director Ethan Wiley’s offering is not connected in anyway to its predecessor. Wiley delivers a new set up in a Aztec inspired home with a tone closer to that of Weird Science (1985) than House (1985).

Actor Arye Gross as straight laced Jesse and his friend Charlie played by Jonathan Stark have that goof-ball buddies thing going on synonymous with films of that decade. Royal Dano as Gramps, the cowboy zombie and great grandpa of Jesse is memorable.

House the Second Story has a few 80s trappings, it can be a bit disjointed and the acting a little awry at times. But behind every door there is an adventure, a Western town, prehistoric land and an ancient temple. Chris Walas delivers some notable makeup and creature effects designs, namely the caterpuppy, a dead cowboy and stop motion dinosaurs to name a few.

Overall, it’s a bit of fun, don’t expect a sequel to House and House II will be easier to digest.

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