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House II: The Second Story

House II: The Second Story

Arye Gross
Director: Ethan Wiley Cast: Arye Gross
Arye Gross
, Jonathan Stark
Jonathan Stark
, Royal Dano
Royal Dano
Ethan Wiley

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This sequel to New World Pictures' surprise horror hit bears little connection with its predecessor apart from the participation of writer Ethan Wiley, who also assumed directorial duties. This time around, the title abode is an old mansion inherited by the great-great-grandson of its original owner, a legendary frontier outlaw. The new owner, Jesse (Arye Gross), whose parents were murdered in the mansion 20 years ago, unwisely searches the premises for a cache of gems believed to be hidden there. With the aid of girlfriend Kate (Lar Park Lincoln) and buddy Charlie (Jonathan Stark), Jesse stumbles upon the original owner himself (Royal Dano), who is remarkably still alive (albeit in particularly decrepit condition) and cantankerous as all get-out. Great-great-grandpa has been preserved by the supernatural powers of an Aztec crystal skull, which is also capable of reanimating the dead and opening portals into other dimensions. Its true powers are tested readily when the skull falls into the wrong hands, leading our heroes on a wacky supernatural chase. The horror comedy formula that kept the original film's shaky premise afloat is far less functional here, filling the story with silly contrivances that include a collection of pet monsters and a time-travel romantic subplot. Still, the film has some clever moments, mainly from Dano, who makes the most of his difficult character by adding a cartoonish flair, and from Cheers alum John Ratzenberger's amusing cameo turn as a plumber strangely accustomed to cross-dimensional travel.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2019
UPC: 0760137891192
Original Release: 1987
Source: Arrow Video
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 3,984

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arye Gross Jesse McLaughlin
Jonathan Stark Charlie
Royal Dano Gramps
Lar Park Lincoln Kate
Bill Maher John
John Ratzenberger Bill Towner
Amy Yasbeck Lana
Gregory Walcott Sheriff
Dwier Brown Clarence
Lenora May Judith
Devin DeVasquez Virgin
David Arnott Banana
Gil Birmingham Featured Warrior
Ronn Carroll Deputy
Dean Cleverdon Slim Reezer
Kane Hodder Gorilla
Susan Isaac Cat
Mitzi Kapture Cowgirl
Doug MacHugh High Priest
Jayne Modean Rochelle
Gus Rethwisch Arnold the Barbarian

Technical Credits
Ethan Wiley Director,Screenwriter
Mac Ahlberg Cinematographer
Dorree Cooper Set Decoration/Design
Sean S. Cunningham Producer
Andrew Z. Davis Associate Producer
Don Diers Art Director
Gregg Fonseca Production Designer
Larry Fulton Art Director
Heidi F. Gilles Costumes/Costume Designer
James Isaac Special Effects
Heidi Kaczenski Costumes/Costume Designer
Kane Hodder Stunts
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Harry Manfredini Score Composer
Daniel Marc Makeup
Martin W. Nicholson Editor
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Walas Makeup,Special Effects

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