House II: The Second Story (1987)

Posted: June 27, 2012 in Movie Review
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House II: The Second Story (1987)

House II

Directed By: Ethan Wiley

Starring: Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, Amy Yasbeck, Royal Dano, Bill Maher, John Ratzenberger

Subgenre: Haunted House, Supernatural, Horror-Comedy

Synopsis: While searching for a magical crystal skull, Jesse unearths his Grandfather’s casket, only to be confronted by his reanimated corpse.

Thoughts: A sequel in name only, House II has nothing to do with the first movie, other than it takes place in a house.  While the first movie did have a fair bit of humor to it, House II went full out when it comes to comedy.  Had Gramps not been a reanimated corpse, I doubt this would have fallen under the horror genre at all.

Following along with the theme, the cast is reminiscent of a 80s comedy more so than a horror film.   It does feature Lar Park Lincoln, who would later go on to star as Tina Shepard in Friday the 13th, Part VII as well as a brief appearance by none other than Kane Hodder who would eventually battle Tina as Jason Voorhees. Royal Dano plays Gramps, the reanimated zombie cowboy, and delivers at least a few funny parts.  The closest connection that House II has to the original is the fact that both have supporting Actors that played on Cheers.  This time around, John Ratzenberger offers his services and drops some knowledge on extra-dimensional spaces, which is totally in-line with Cliff, his character on Cheers.

While Director Ethan Wiley isn’t a well-known name to the horror masses, he has been very involved in the genre for the last 25 years or so.  He has written, directed and produced a lot of movies, including Children of the Corn V, Blackwater Valley Exorcism, and Brutal.

House II isn’t that great, but it reminds me of a movie you find on cable in the middle of the night that you can’t help but watching.  I found myself sitting through the whole thing, but at the end wondering why I did.  It’s probably worth it if you want to see Kane Hodder take a dive off a balcony or if you can’t get enough of Lar Park Lincoln, but this movie is pretty passable unless you are really into b-grade 80s comedy.


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