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House II: The Second Story (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 28 August 1987 (USA)
The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers.

Director:

Ethan Wiley

Writers:

Fred Dekker (inspired by an original story by), Ethan Wiley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arye Gross ... Jesse
Jonathan Stark Jonathan Stark ... Charlie
Royal Dano ... Gramps
Bill Maher ... John
John Ratzenberger ... Bill
Lar Park-Lincoln ... Kate (as Lar Park Lincoln)
Amy Yasbeck ... Lana
Gregory Walcott ... Sheriff
Dwier Brown ... Clarence
Lenora May ... Judith
Devin DeVasquez ... Virgin (as Devin Devasquez)
Jayne Modean Jayne Modean ... Rochelle
Ronn Carroll ... Deputy
Dean Cleverdon ... Slim
Doug MacHugh ... High Priest
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Storyline

Jesse moves to his biological parents' house with his girlfriend Kate and soon he hosts his friend Charlie with his girlfriend. Jesse reads old documents and decides to go to the local cemetery with Charlie to unbury his grand grand grandfather to seek out an ancient powerful Aztec skull. They reanimate Gramps that soon befriends Jesse and Charlie. But demons cross gateways in the house to retrieve the magic skull and Jesse and Charlie need to go to other dimensions to retrieve the skull and keep Gramps alive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Come over to my house... but don't come alone! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House II: The Unexpected See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,573,934, 30 August 1987

Gross USA:

$7,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,800,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This gets a mention in Scream 2 (1997) as being one of the best sequels ever (admittedly it is mentioned alongside the likes of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) so the reference is sarcastic). See more »

Goofs

When Bill the electrician first enters the house, the dolly track is clearly visible on the floor for over 30 seconds. See more »

Quotes

Jesse: Jessie! It's me! I'm your great-great grandson. They named me after you. My name is Jessie too.
Gramps: [Gramps slowly removes mask, Jessie and Charlie wimper] My great-great grandson? What year is it?
Jesse: I don't know.
Gramps: Now don't you mess with me boy!
Jesse: Uhh! October 30, 1986!
Gramps: Well goddamn. I've been waitin' over 70 years for some jackass to get the scent to come dig me up. Thank you, boy.
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Alternate Versions

The Swedish VHS release is cut in the scene where Slim gets his head blown off. See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill
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Fun, campy 1980s horror/comedy/western.
24 April 2005 | by slapayodaSee all my reviews

This film is a fun, under-watched gem from the 80s. Fans of the first House have a lot to enjoy here. Certainly one of the only horror/comedy/westerns I can think of, but it works well in this picture. Don't expect Citizen Kane, but if you're looking for an enjoyable little flick, you won't be disappointed.

Interestingly, this film follows in the footsteps of the original House by casting a member of Cheers in a small role. In House, it's George Wendt, and in this film we get an amusing, if brief, appearance by John Ratzenberger. Jonathan Stark puts in an amusing performance as the Jim Carrey-esquire buddy, and Bill Maher shows up as well.


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