Crazy Fat Ethel 2 (1985)

Genres - Horror  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Plenty of bad movies were made during the straight-to-video horror boom of the late '80s, and Crazy Fat Ethel II is one of the worst. Like all bad sequels, it rigorously copies all the salient points of its predecessor (Criminally Insane) in a less-inspired style. In fact, it gratuitously recycles most of the killings from that film in the form of flashbacks for lead character Ethel. Sadly, their presence only reminds the viewer how dull, uninspired, and cheap-looking the wraparound video footage is. The new storyline has an interesting hook -- placing the murderous heroine in a halfway house for the mentally ill -- but the script is uninspired and Nick Millard pads out his thin material with lengthy sequences of characters walking around, preparing food, etc. The one bright spot is the return of Priscilla Alden to the title role. She gives it plenty of intensity and bluster, but she can't overcome the numbing quality of the production around her. In short, Crazy Fat Ethel II is the pits, even by bad-movie standards.