HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY is much maligned… by folks who don’t know any better. It’s a solid movie, not as good as the first, but with charm of its own. It pales in comparison to its predecessor, yes, and I think that’s where a lot of the misdirected hate comes from. Some viewers wanted the same movie… and this was definitely not the same movie.
While HOUSE was more of a horror comedy, HOUSE II goes the comedy/action/adventure/fantasy route. There are undead cowboys, neanderthals, dinosaurs, ancient temples, time travel, and a sword-wielding electrician. The electrician, by the way, could (and should) have spawned an entire series of movies on his own. There’s a caterpuppy and a baby pterodactyl. There’s a magical crystal skull.
And there’s a Halloween party.
Who doesn’t like a movie with a Halloween party?
There’s a moment in the movie where the lead character sits down at a dinner table with his best friend, his mummy great-great grandfather, the catepuppy, the pterodactyl, and a princess from some ancient time… and I was all for it.
That’s suspension of disbelief!
Something else I realized about myself with this viewing… I like movies wherein prehistoric, dinosaur-filled jungles manifest inside buildings. MY SCIENCE PROJECT (which came out a few years before this movie) did something similar, I think. It’s been a long while since I watched that. Anyhow, it’s a thing I like. I feel like "jungle in a room” is sub-genre that needs further exploration.
If you like stories about knuckleheads getting in waaaaay over their heads with supernatural forces, then DOOR TO DOOR, NIGHT BY NIGHT is for you. It's a horror/comedy with a lot of heart, and it features a cast of ne'er-do-wells who are near and dear to me.