mandroid51’s review published on Letterboxd:
Too many copied beats from the first
It’s better than I remember the sequel. Glad it was un-cut and the soundtrack actually worked for me. Not as powerful as the first and brilliance is almost impossible to replicate in a sequel. That said it showed Hooper could make a movie even when money was thrown at him. He lost the battle somewhere in the 90’s but this late 80’s follow up has allot going for it so I’d say thumb up. Too bad the sequel-nature (gimmick versus original scary writing) cheapened the whole spectacle. Perhaps because he was playing in a big giant set piece/play ground (kind of like Romero with land of the Dead) and it was all spectacle (too many toys or distractions) that kept me from being terrified even when the set pieces were working.