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Criminally Insane 2
Crazy Fat Ethel 2

USA 1987
directed by Nick Philips (= Nick Millard)
starring Priscilla Alden
written by Nick Philips (= Nick Millard)

Criminally Insane

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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For the set-up for this movie, please see Criminally Insane from 1975, large portions of which are again shown in this film as flashbacks.

 

... after 13 years in a mental institution, Ethel (Priscilla Alden) is released to Hope Bartholomew's halfway house, becasue the mental institution was experiencing some severe budgetary cuts and thus had to release the patients deemed mostly harmless. At first everything is ok, and Ethel gets enough to eat (food's the one thing she's always craving for), but then, for a few days Hope's assistant takes over, and he feeds the patients dogfood and teases Ethel with a chocolate bar ... something he wouldn't have done, would he have known her case history, and soon enough she sets a trap for him and hangs him ...

Thing is, one of her feloow inmates has seen Ethel kill the assistant, and he blackmails Ethel into giving her her dessert for a month - but since Ethel can't go without dessert for that long, she has to kill him too.

Later, Ethel also has to kill Hope Bartholomew, who always reminded her of her granny, the first woman she killed in Criminally Insane, and the doctor of the mental institution who just happened to stop by.

With all her enemies gone, ethel doesn't only have enough to eat, she also decides to take over the institution in Hope's stead ...

 

Criminally Insane was one of these B-movie wonders where, despite apparent budgetary constraints, everything fell into right place and out came a masterpiece. This film here though is little more than a piece of shit. There is very little plot here, peppered up by long snippets from the first movie, and unimportant scenes are often endlessly padded out to amount to at least an hour of running time (thought the movie seems to run much longer). The result is nothing short of boring, and it's not at all helped by very bad sound, the total lack of a musical score, and a directorial effort by Nick Philips that can be best described as lazy and that totally lacks his personal style Philips usually even infuses his lowest products with. A waste of time, even though Priscilla Alden is again great in her role as Ethel.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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