Trilogy of Terror II

Year: 1996

Director: Dan Curtis

Written by: William F. Nolan, Dan Curtis, Richard Matheson

Threat: Rats/Demon/Doll

Weapon of Choice: Gun/Sledgehammer/Knife

IMDb page: IMDb link

      Trilogy of Terror II

Other movies in this series:
Trilogy of Terror

Rish Outfield's reviews
It took twenty one years, but the makers of Trilogy of Terror got to do another bad TV movie. Maybe it took that long to get someone to pony up funds for another one, since the first was so bad, cult following or not. I was just as annoyed by the obvious "Insert Commercial Here" fade-outs as I was in the first one, but the storytelling was vastly improved in this go-round. This had a couple of things going for it that the other did not: special effects are much cheaper in the 90's, and easier to do; higher production values; better stories and pacing; an honest scare or tw--one; and in the Karen Black role, Dracula:Dead & Loving It's Lysette Anthony. While Anthony isn't a great talent, she is quite lovely and can do a convincing American accent. The first story was well-told, though predictable. The second story was creepy, if overlong, and boasts an honest gasp-inducing scare at the end. The third segment is a remake/retelling-in-sequel-form of the Zuni Fetish Doll segment from the first Trilogy. Sadly, though the woman besieged by the possessed doll is now a scientist (hurray Feminism!), she is just as stupid as the woman twenty years ago was (hurray Misogynism!). And she makes all the same (what the hell?) mistakes. In the end, though unsatisfying, both tyranist and I knew it could have been worse. After all, the first one was.
Best Scare: The aforementioned revelation of the antagonist in the second story. Good one.
I'd Recommend It To: It wasn't awful, so check it out if you'd like. Be wary, though, it's a sequel to something you don't want to check out.

The tyranist's thoughts
What does it tell you when they make a sequel for a movie 21 years later? It was either a huge cult hit and they decided that they could make more money, or they forgot how terrible the first one was and decided that it had been fun. I can't decide which of the two these guys were operating on. This isn't that good of a sequel either way. This time they didn't do exclusively Richard Matheson stories. They still did two, but the third was written by someone I had never heard of. One of the biggest disappointments that I found in this movie is that one of the three is a shot for shot remake of one of the first three. Okay, not quite shot for shot, but it was sure close. Still the worst of this set is better than the best of the first set. There is still a disappointing lack of nudity and gore. The stories not only invite it, but they insist it be there and it is still ignored. If you must see either of these two movies see this one, but really you can skip it without missing anything.

Total Skulls: 22

Sequel skull
Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue skull
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex skull
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity skull
Characters forget about threat skull
Secluded location skull
Power is cut skull
Phone lines are cut skullskull
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door skull
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door skull
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower scene
Car stalls or won't start skull
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse skull
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness skull
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth skull
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes
What the hell? skull
x years ago . . .
Dark and stormy night skull
Killer doesn't stay dead skullskull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes skull
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain<
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending