Ghoulies II (1988)
89 min - Comedy, Horror
Ghoulies II starts up after a few of the little nasties stow away on an amusement park ride and bring big bucks to a dying carnival. The creatures are mad after an attempt to kill them, so the creatures go on a rampage through the fairgrounds, ultimately leading to an explosive conclusion!
Director: Albert Band
Writers: Luca Bercovici (characters), Dennis Paoli, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Damon Martin, Royal Dano and Phil Fondacaro
The Ghoulies films are an American horror-comedy series released throughout the 1980s and 1990s and centered on a group of demons usually summoned by Satanic worshippers.
The original Ghoulies (released in 1985) originated in 1983 under the title Beasties. It was to be directed by Charles Band, with special effects by Stan Winston (the two had previously collaborated on Parasite). It ended up being directed by Luca Bercovici with special effects by John Carl Buechler and his company Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc. The film was released theatrically by Empire Pictures in March 1985 and was a surprise success on home video.
This film depicts a comical Hollywood-esque portrayal of black magic, Satan worship, and the occult.
According to stories Charles Band tells on his Full Moon Horror Road Show, he was tasked to come up with a great campaign to promote the film. During a brainstorming session he came up with the idea to have the Ghoulie popping up from the toilet. The idea was a huge success and the scene was then shot for the film after the fact. After opening weekend he arrived at his office to a stack of hate mail from angry parents who had been trying very hard to potty train their children and after this movie cannot get their kids anywhere near a toilet.
This sequel was released in 1988 and sees the titular Ghoulies descend upon a carnival. Again produced by Empire Pictures, the film was directed by Charles Band's father Albert Band. Ghoulies and Ghoulies II were released as a double feature DVD from MGM Home Entertainment in 2003.