Jesse inherits a family mansion and quickly finds an interesting mystery involving his great-great-grandfather and a crystal skull. A little digging, in his grave, and Jesse finds his 170-year-old Gramps is alive and well leading to even more interesting adventures.
Arye Gross (Jesse), Jonathan Stark (Charlie), Royal Dano (Gramps), Bill Maher (John), John Ratzenberger (Bill), Lar Park-Lincoln (Kate), Amy Yasbeck (Jana), Devin DeVasquez (Virgin), Dean Cleverdon (Slim).
House II: The Second Story bring back the walking dead, the crystal skull, and the corny B-movie horror. This one starts off looking like it might actually take the horror seriously before introducing us to 170-year-old Gramps who is surprisingly fun, a caterpillar dog, and a sexy young virgin. From there the film falls into mediocre B-movie territory with a weak plot, a definite 80’s feel, and a mild spark of entertainment.
Acting left something to be desired here with Gross showing us why he didn’t go much further with his career. Stark was mildly entertaining but felt a lot like a Chevy Chase clone. Dano was very good as Gramps while Maher showed us why he was constantly cast as a jerk for so long. Ratzenberger was probably the most entertaining and definitely brought the best laughs of the film.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were decent enough but at the same time, unrealistic. Effects were a mix of physical which were well done, and CGI which is showing age quite poorly at this point. Dialogue was campy and didn’t do much for the film at all. Sound and soundtrack were okay.
Overall House II: The Second Story is mindless, mildly amusing, and almost entertaining. Check this out if you like 80’s B-movies or something you can talk through without missing much.
With some mild horror this should be fine for teens and above.
House II: The Second Story is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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