You'd think the Lambert family might want to move out of their charming Victorian gingerbread house, or at least buy some WD-40 for all those creaking doors. But no, they stay to tough it out with the spirit world.
Their place is haunted – well, pestered by – two demonic ghoulies. One, Parker Crane, was a serial killer known as the "Bride in Black" because he wore a wedding gown while slaying 15 people.
Though dead, Parker (played by various actors and stunt people) continues to have anger issues because his mother (Danielle Bisutti) – our other unfriendly ghost – used to dress him up as a girl.
No one tries any exorcising; baseball bats and fists are the preferred weapons for the finale in the basement. We also learn, thanks to a visit to a boarded-up hospital with an intact records room, that Parker was a Catholic. Happily, this informational nugget is not developed.
Ghostbusters Specs and Tucker (Whannell and Angus Sampson) return for comic relief, and actress Elise Rainier – whose character, medium Lin Shaye, was killed in the first film – evidently signed a two-picture contract.
The film contains physical violence, intense scenes involving children and fleeting profane and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III – adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Jensen is a guest reviewer for Catholic News Service.