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April 18, 2017

Forgotten Sequel: Road House 2 (2006)

Everyone loves the Patrick Swayze classic Road House; that’s just a fact… unless you’re weird. Anyway, few people actually still talk about its sequel Road House 2: Last Call starring Johnathon Schaech, Richard Norton, Jake Busey and Will Patton. I avoided watching it for the longest time as it was a very belated Straight-to-DVD which are usually terrible.

Road House 2 is actually far better than it had any right to be; sure, it could never reach the lofty heights of the original classic but that’s not to say it’s not without some merit.

Schaech is no Swayze but he doesn’t try to be; in this sequel he is Dalton’s son Shane Tanner who comes home to his small town after his uncle is hospitalized by some thugs who want him to sell his club.

Tanner takes over the club until his uncle gets out of hospital but Wild Bill (Busey) isn’t too happy about it so multiple fight scenes ensue. I gotta say that Schaech has some moves and the fight scenes are all pretty slick but that should come as no surprise as they are coordinated by one JJ Perry.

Jake Busey is probably the least threatening villain you will ever see; he just has too friendly/humorous a face and I can’t take him seriously as a bad guy. His character is still a dick though and you do hate him but the big bad is played by martial arts legend Richard Norton and he and Schaech trade some satisfying blows in the final battle.

Story-wise it’s pretty much exactly the same as the original but really, that’s pretty much what you would want. This isn’t a series that needs to go into space at any point… although if Dalton’s son opened a club on the moon… I smell franchise!

Spoiler alert but Wild Bill has a pretty satisfying death; he is kicked out of a window and is impaled on… something. I couldn’t quite make out what it was but it pleased me greatly.

This was an unapologetically old-school flight flick with a few moments of gratuitous nudity thrown in for good measure.

Is it cheesy? Yup but so was the original and to be honest I thought this kept the spirit of it alive pretty well; it doesn’t have any classic lines like “I used fuck guys like you in prison” which is a sad loss but it’s nowhere near as bad as I was expecting.

So if you haven’t seen Road House 2 pick up a sextet of ale and give it a watch; you might just have a laugh.



About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.




 
 

 

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  • Eoin Friel

    This is going to be a new column called Forgotten sequels, going to do Hitcher 2 and a few others 😉

  • Mucho Macho

    I only saw this once I believe & I wont deny I had a strong prejudice against it.
    It’s sacrilege.
    Maybe 1 day I’ll watch it again

  • Mucho Macho

    Jake Busey was also in another ” How dare they make a sequel to this?!” DTV.
    He was in “The Hitcher 2”

  • Eoin Friel

    Yeah they didn’t need to add the Dalton connection to be honest; I’d have left that out.

  • gungfugilman

    This was one of the last movies I rented from my local Blockbuster before it went out of business. While not as good as the first, I thought it had a certain charm and it’s heart was in the right place. I thought Busey was a fine villain, reminds me of a lot of big goofy hillbillies I’ve worked with that have an outward smile, but that can snap in an instant. Didn’t like the use of body doubles for the martial arts scenes, was unnecessary. Plus I didn’t like that all of a sudden Dalton had a kid, makes him seem like a deadbeat dad in the first movie. He should have been Wade’s son, raised by Dalton after his murder.