It’s sequel time! Terry, the ugly not Stephen Dorff kid from the first movie, is back and his life has gone to shit after the events of the first movie. He’s all alone and his dad is an alcoholic. For some reason, he thinks that opening the demon gateway and harnessing its power will somehow get things back on track. Yeah, that makes a whole lot of no sense whatsoever.
When the movie fails to make any plot progress, we get boring scenes such as Terry helping his dad with a necktie, Terry falling asleep in class, and Terry longingly staring at a ballerina music box.
Then there is the fun stuff like one of the little demon creatures being kept as a pet in a cage. And it swings on the little bird perch. Truly wonderful. And Terry and some girl can wish for stuff and the demon provides, but the stuff turns to shit after about a 24 hour period. Like, actual dookie. It’s spectacular. Also, be careful wishing for stuff from a little stop-motion demon that swings in a bird cage.
The sound design is also great as most of the dialogue sounds like ADR, so it often sounds too present in the mix or else like it was not recorded in the same space as the rest of the sounds. The music alternates between straight up 80s poppy fun and the worst horror/suspense synthesized strings score.
The middle part up until the end really drags. I was willing to give a pass on some of the tedious stuff, but the 90-minute run time felt more like a Peter Jackson Hobbit movie.