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      The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter

      R 1992 1 hr. 44 min. Horror List
      Reviews 31% 500+ Ratings Audience Score Two professors (John Rhys-Davies, Mark Kinsey Stephenson) compile evidence which links several bizarre murders to experiments by a 17th-century warlock. Read More Read Less

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      john p If you read and enjoy HP Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith & other chthonian-bred writings then steer clear of this schlock wannabe horror, after-school kids special adventure. When will a truly WELL DONE movie based on the Cthulhu Mythos be released? Hello out there??!! Spielberg, Lucas, James Cameron, Ridley Scott -- please, let's honor the Lord of all things cosmically horrific! When!!??? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review cory t After enduring the fiasco that was The Unnamable last year, I wasn't exactly doing cartwheels at the prospect of a sequel. Directly continuing from the events of its predecessor, it garners kudos for at least attempting to translate H.P. Lovecraft's penchant for Chthulu, Arabic annotations and quantum physics. However, this is still an overcooked, cockamamie misfire that attempts embarrassingly forced, fish-out-of-water humor around Maria Ford's nubile, unclad body. For chauvinistic males, they can salivate over her T-&-A quotient while she is too monosyllabic to object to them ogling her assets. It drudges through a Quatermass hypothesis of residing in two planes of existence for nonsensical, pseudo-intellectual drivel ("It is my daughter but it is not my daughter and that which is not my daughter..."). Horror fans will be lulled into a slumber since most of the runtime is allocated to verbose talkiness about 17th century curses. Mary Kinsey Stephenson is the poor man's Herbert West once again with feeble efforts at one-liners ("Fancy seeing you here" when he resurfaces from a grave site). He is the snobbish, charmless equivalent of Niles from Frasier. The fright set pieces are substandard at the best (the creature's zipline flying effects) and horridly laughable at the worst (the library stacks chase is described like Minos' labyrinth - "People get lost in them during the day"). Somehow, the filmmakers cajole the prestige of David Warner and John Rhys-Davies into supporting roles but their presences are short-lived (mercifully for their reputations). Rather than the static compositions of the first film, the camera actually slides occasionally. Therefore, the production value might be higher but the overall quality hasn't transcended a Syfy Original. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member "Oh great, it's a bitch." Sigh... Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A watchable and completely unremarkable sequel to 1988's "The Unnamable" that picks up right where its predecessor left off. Randolph Carter, his friend Howard and Professor Warren delve into vaguely Lovecraftian horrors after demon-girl Alyda Winthrop has been bound by a tree root in the tunnels beneath the Arkham cemetery. Howard is visited in his hospital room by the ghost of Alyda's father who reveals that Alyda is really two creatures rolled into one. Carter and Warren shoot Alyda up with insulin, driving the demon out of her body. The demon can't live without the mortal form, though, and so spends the rest of the film pursuing Alyda and tearing her way through the student body of Miskatonic University and the Arkham police department. The material here is barely Lovecraftian. The story is only based on the short stories in the loosest sense. Carter gets his hands on the Necronomicon, for instance, which was checked out of the university library by Alyda's father in 1688 and never returned. There are passing references Cthulhu and Abdul Al-Hazred and various other Lovecraftian terms are sprinkled liberally throughout the flick. It's all quite superficial, though. What we've got here is a pretty nondescript 90s horror flick with a little blood and a now-human Alyda clad only in her own hair for most of the film. If you've really wanted to get a good look at minor TV actress Maria Ford's butt, this is your big chance; it's featured prominently in "The Unnamable II." There are enough humorous touches to keep things from getting monotonous, via the deadpan delivery of Mark Kinsey Stephenson as Randolph Carter and one of the silliest climaxes you're ever likely to see in a horror flick. In the monster suit is scream queen and general hottie Julie Strain, entirely wasted in this role as she claws at the air, screams, and is dragged across a set on wires as demon-Alyda "flies" from a balcony. It's all rather mindless and oddly amiable, but nothing memorable here. Just another OK horror flick. If you watch this sequel out of a love of Lovecraft, you'll probably be disappointed. If you're looking for light creature feature entertainment and an excuse to shut off your brain and have a mildly gory giggle, you could do worse. If it's true terror you want, move on. This one won't scare anyone over the age of about 10. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I enjoyed this more than the first, as the plot was actually more like a Lovecraft story in it's structure and content. It also takes itself a bit less seriously, which makes for better viewing entertainment. It's still fairly average, though enjoyable enough if you're not looking for a masterpiece of horror cinema. I love the realisation of Randolph Carter though, a proper Lovecraftian hero who fights with knowledge rather than weapons and is fond of making dramatic pronouncements. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member part 2 . but still as good as ever. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Mike Massie Gone With The Twins In the end, the fighting, escaping, and devising of a rushed solution for extirpating the evil spirit just aren't wholly exciting - nor do they make much sense. Rated: 3/10 Sep 25, 2020 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 12, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Two professors (John Rhys-Davies, Mark Kinsey Stephenson) compile evidence which links several bizarre murders to experiments by a 17th-century warlock.
      Director
      Jean-Paul Ouellette
      Production Co
      The Unnamable Productions Co., Yankee Classic Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Sound Mix
      Surround