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DVD: Ghoulies II (1987)
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August 26, 2003



Genre: Horror Comedy  
The ghoulies find sanctuary in a travelling circus, and in spite of a few choice kills, manage to save the circus from closure.  



Directed by:

Albert Band
Screenplay by: Dennis Paoli
Music by: Fuzzbee Morse
Produced by: Albert Band

Damon Martin,  Royal Dano,  Phil Fondacaro,  J. Downing,  Kerry Remsen,  Dale Wyatt,  Jon Pennell,  Sasha Jenson,  Starr Andreef,  William Butler,  Anthony Dawson

Film Length: 90 mins
Process/Ratio: 1.85 :1
Anamorphic DVD: Yes
Languages:   English (Stereo) / English,  French,  Spanish
Special Features :  

Side A: "Ghoulies" feature film, 81 minutes, English Mono, English, French & Spanish subtitles) / Theatrical trailer for "Ghoulies"

Comments :

For the sequel to "Ghoulies," the annoying creatures (still after live victims) become part of a horror house show, and have oodles of fun taunting, maiming and killing idiot teens (including Starr Andreef, from “Syngenor” and “General Hospital”), all suffering from 80s Big Hair/Loud Clothes Syndrome – far more so than in the original film.

MGM's transfer is made from a really gorgeous print, showing off the dynamic colours of Sergio Salvati's pretty cinematography. Long associated with Lucio Fulci, Salvati's images are very crisp, and lots of luminescent primary colours for nighttime scenes involving the horror house interior, and whirling carnival rides. The Ultra-Stereo mix is pretty standard, making decent use of the synth score by Fuzzbee Morse.

A full screen trailer featuring dreadful narration makes it clear the film was aimed at a much younger crown.

In 1991, special effects whiz John (Carl) Buechler directed “Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go To College;” and in 1994 Jim Wynorski helmed “Ghoulies 4,” with Peter Liapis returning to the final franchise installment.


© 2003 Mark R. Hasan

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