Here we go, round 2 with this series. After the first film I didn’t hold out much hope but there is always a chance this is the Godfather 2 of the the franchise. I got ready by going through some other films made by Full Moon Features (I also made some purchases that I will probably regret) just so I could talk with authority on the subject of this studios creative process and work (I still have no fucking idea about any of it, I assume cocaine was a large factor.). Lets get naked and go skinny dipping in this bitch shall we!
This guy was a homeless drunk in They Live and Back to the Future. He could do better.
This film contains child murder which is always gutsy especially when you have said child burnt to death by a puppet.
We open up on the grave of Andre Toulon (Steve Welles) being excavated and possibly ressurected by Pinhead, the scene then ends and we meet our new team of rag tag parapsychologists who have arrived to investigate the happenings of the previous movie. It seems that the survivors have met grizzly ends or wound up with free room and board for life in an insane asylum (The rooms are great but the food is lacking). Our new group move into the Bodega Bay Inn with the hopes of unravelling the mystery of why, what and who killed the gang of psychics (The hardest people to kill because they can sometimes see it coming). Soon after making residence one of the team goes missing and a strange man with the name Eriquee Chaneé claims ownership of the property but allows them to continue as he does not hold the papers proving so. The team leader Carolyn Bramwell (Elizabth Maclellan) captures and destroys Tunneler and (After dissecting the puppet.) she attempts to warn the others of a possible bad Pinnochio situation all the while having Eriquee creepily advance on her. Who is Eriquee and why does he speak the same as Mr Toulon? Who is the real Puppet Master and why are there 8 more of these films?
Look, I am leaning just like average American asshole, ignore the thick German accent and smell of rot.
The good first then we will do the less good or “Bad” as it is now known. This film features slightly better acting over the orignal, that is at no times more noticable than the ending (Which I will not spoil here) in which one character pleas for their life while a villain simply tries to give them a tasty beverage. The special effects are also excellent with some stand out moments again being the finale involving some super creepy puppets, a nice little dissection scene with tunneler and the makeup on Eriquee Chaneé. The script is also a lot tighter with some nice moments between characters.
Kill it with fire! Kill it with all the fire!
Now the bad and well there are a few things to mention. Firstly, although the acting is better than the original that really doesn’t mean much, actors often do not make it clear what they are trying to convey and it can make the plot muddy (One sex scene becomes very worrying as the female is sporting terrified eyes as the male mounts her). The film also keeps very close to the mythos set up in the original but this also means that it is the biggest break when it comes to the rest of the series but that is not the fault of this production more of the narrative of the series. Music is alright, nothing to really mention as outstanding but there isn’t anything too offensive for the ear holes.
Is this not the fashion?
I would actually recommend this one, despite the bad it is entertaining and you start to see a little hope in the franchise. I give it a Mad Mel Gibson, I liked it and I may watch it again depending on if they legalise weed before I lose the DVD.
This is the most 90’s image EVER!