Sunday, March 25, 2012
PENITENTIARY II (1982)
While nowhere near as gritty and dirty as the first PENITENTIARY flick this one goes the more goofy path with more over-the-top type characters. It starts out with a STAR WARS-ish opening scroll describing the events of the 1st movie for people who missed it. It also ups the ante with the actors involved including Mr. T as a Genie-pants wearing sideman to our main character of Too Sweet Gordone. There's also Ernie Hudson, best known as the black guy from GHOSTBUSTERS, who's supposed to be bad-guy Half Dead even though that was played by someone completely different in the first film. Rudy Ray Moore also puts in a quick cameo and does a little rappin'. Throw in a horny little midget prisoner a silly character named Do Dirty and a returning cross-dressing comedian inmate for fun and mix it all into a pretty nonsensical plot. I would say stick with the first one for more realistic sweaty men-in-prison griminess but go with this one if you dig the wacky 80's style more.
Part III is probably the movie people remember most from this trilogy since it was released by Cannon films and is even more ridiculous with a deadly midget-wrestler entering the scene.