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May 12

Ghoulies II

POSTER - GHOULIES IIGenre: Horror
Year: 1988
Country: USA

Director: Albert Band
Starring: Damon Martin, Royal Dano, Phil Fondacaro, J. Downing, Kerry Remsen

 

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the bathroom

 

A traveling carnival called the Satan’s Den is doing poorly economically and the owner Phillip Hardin is coming to check it out and if he doesn’t like what he sees then he’ll perhaps even shut it down for good.

Uncle Ned and his nephew Larry has been in charge of the carnival for a long time and while they had some problems with their truck had some issues on their way to their current town, a group of Ghoulies decided to hitch a ride with them and soon they become very active in the carnival, bringing in more business than the owners could hope for, but having Ghoulies also comes at a cost of blood.

The first Ghoulies was a cheesy and flawed film that didn’t even focus on the cool Ghoulies puppets. That mistake is not something they would do in the second film and here they get their deserved screentime. They are fun to watch, detailed and if I would not mind having a few of them in my living room.

The premise here is also good. The carnival is cool and the interior shots in their house of horror was very nicely done. The main story with the carnival however is of course not that great, but who expects that anyway from a movie like this. While the acting isn’t that bad, the characters aren’t very fleshed out. The standout actor is Phil Fondacaro, not surprisingly since he is always great.

The Ghoulies puppets have been upgraded from the first film and there’s some neat stop-motion effects here aswell. And there is of course a scene with a ghoulie in a toilet, which is a good representation of the humour and light tone of the film. The film is directed by Albert Band, the father of Charles Band. He might not be the best director in the world, but he does a good enough job here. And I also have to mention that the film sports a song by Wasp on its soundtrack.

Ghoulies 2 is an improvement over the first one and delivers plenty of fun Ghoulie scenes with a great campy 80’s vibe. It’s of course not a great piece of cinematic art, but it’s a film that doesn’t take itself too serious and delivers good entertainment for 90 minutes.

 

 ★★★☆☆ 

 

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