Plot: Jody (Kathleen Lloyd) is pregnant and is due in about a month, so she and her husband Eugene (Frederic Forrest) have made all the preparations and just wrapped up the baby shower. But one guest remains after the rest have left, a man named Frank Davis (John P. Ryan), who brings the couple not congratulations, but a warning about their current situation. He explains that the couple is under surveillance by various government agencies and when Jody goes into labor, officials will usher her off and kill her new child. The two soon recognize him from the news, as he went through the same kind of experience himself and the story of his son was national news. Frank assures them that he can help them deliver the child safely, but time is short and the agents are always monitoring the couple’s house. Is Frank just shell shocked from his own ordeal, or is he telling the truth about this government cover up?
Entertainment Value: This is an interesting sequel, as it builds on the original and takes the series in some new directions. While the babies are still violent monsters, we’re led to cheer them on here, or at least root against the government agents who want to wipe them out. The movie also takes a grounded approach for most of the duration, as we follow the couple’s path and learn more about the babies, as well as the government’s drive to terminate them. I wouldn’t call it realistic, but it is on the serious side and tries to develop some interesting threads. Of course, sooner or later you know those babies will be unleashed and at that point, the grounded, well developed narrative takes a hard turn into b movie tropes. I prefer the original, but this sequel still has some bright spots and offers some fun as the wacky finale unfolds. But the pace is often nearly glacial, with much less horror and b movie style antics, so those in search of genre thrills will find them scarce this time around. I appreciated the premise and how it built on the first movie, but the overall result is a rather dull, uninspired picture. But fans of Cohen will find it to be an interesting watch and there’s enough fun here to recommend it as at least a one time watch for most genre fans.
No nakedness. This one never veers into sexual situations or romance, so the lack of sleaze makes perfect sense. There is some blood, but very little and less than the first movie, to be sure. The emphasis in this sequel seems to be on exposition and filling in some lore elements, so the horror side of the equation is given the short shrift, which means less violence and bloodshed. Some baby attacks still provide some minor red stuff, but not much crimson in this one. The dialogue here is mostly run of the mill and forgettable, but we do have some science talk, conspiracy paranoia, and overly dramatic moments. Not much craziness to mention either, save the paranoia and wild finale that drums up a couple of points. So if you expect dialed up mania here, you’re likely to be let down on that front.
Overall Insanity: 2/10