Written by Eric Anjou
Directed by Jim Wynorski
Spike, the second-rate Fonzie from the original installment, rolls into the town of Slate River immediately following the fifth in a string of murders committed by a local serial killer. He quickly hooks up with a beautiful blonde named Robin (who conveniently seems to have clairvoyant visions), and the two must work together to discern what the connection is between Mr. Grubek, the dean of the local college, and the 976 horoscope line; not to mention how he continues to kill even when safely locked behind bars.
The subtitle here is The Astral Factor, so it shouldn't be considered too big of a spoiler if I reveal to you that Grubek is using Astral Projection (a la Marvel Comics' Dr. Strange) to reach his victims.
This strange combination of New Age bullshit and horror isn't especially effective, and at times gets downright ridiculous--such as when one of his victims finds herself zapped into a television to be a character in a public domain mashup of Night of the Living Dead and It's A Wonderful Life.
The resolution at the end is pretty silly, too, and it's only magnified by the poor animation that was the forefather to today's CGI.
This highly unnecessary sequel is sorely missing the actor Stephen Jeffreys, who played Hoax in the original. While it was nice to see the character of Spike return, that wasn't enough to save this stinker from its own mediocrity.