title to this sequel of The Unnamable gives the impression
of being based on another story by Lovecraft, but only bears
the faintest resemblance to the weird dream HPL penned in
December of 1919. A dream about himself, his good friend Samuel
Loveman, and their macabre cemetery adventure, entitled "The
Statement of Randolph Carter."
At the conclusion of The Unnamable, we saw Randolph, Howard,
and Tanya almost skipping away down the cemetery road after
their encounter with the unnamable she-demon in the Winthrop
house. Unnamable II begins on a much more somber note. Tanya
is in shock, Howard has a torn-up chest, and Randolph (reprised
by the angular and noticeably older Mark Kingsey Stephenson)
is being whisked away to the police station under the watchful
eye of a deputy who ominously whispers, "This might be like
that Dunwich thing." Hey, baby. Do that Dunwich thing!
After giving the police his "statement," Randolph enlists
the help of Professor Warren, Miskatonic University's resident
occult scholarplayed by character actor John Rhys-Davies
of Indiana Jones and Slidersto help him explore things
only glimpsed at during his first underground adventure. Randolph
tempts the good professor with a copy of the Necronomicon
"borrowed" from the Winthrop house, a corrupt version missing
the important pages.
The professor agrees to help and we see a glimmer of "The
Statement of Randolph Carter" as they take flashlights and
wire intercom to Jousha Winthrop's grave. "The place was an
ancient cemetery," Lovecraft wrote, "so ancient that I trembled
at the manifold signs of immemorial years."
At the cemetery, Howard, the recovering freshman, is left
above ground while the professor and Randolph go below. They
are forced to use a wire intercom to communicate with Howard
because the earth would block radio transmissionsa bit
borrowed from the original story where a "curious coil of
wire with attached instruments" was used.
The she-demon (with none of the sinister grace of the original)
is found below, trapped in a tangle of enchanted tree roots.
The professor takes a quick blood sample and, with the help
of his handy portable microscope, surmises that there are
two entities co-existing in her body! Being a Doctor of Occult
Literature, the professor quickly comes up with the brilliant
plan of separating them by using an injection of insulin and
a couple sugar cubes.
We can't make this stuff up, folks.
After injecting the she-demon, the evil entity exits the
body in tendrils of blue electricity, revealing the body of
a very lovely and very naked Alyda Winthrop (played by Maria
Ford) sporting a wig of incredibly long and always-in-the-way
hair. Like insight into the dreaded Necronomicon, her nudity
is brief and fleeting, preventing anyone from fully correlating
all its contents.
Randolph and Howard take the naked Alyda back to their Miskatonic
dorm where she immediately sniffs Randolph's dirty laundry
and rolls around on top of his bed, skillfully keeping the
hair between us and a good view. This commotion wakes some
of the residents who comment, "Oh my God, that's a naked woman!"
while another picks up the copy of the Necronomicon and declares,
"This is quantum physics!" (At this point the viewer should
pick up the videotape and declare, "This is complete bullshit!")
Meanwhile, the exorcised she-demon energyremember
that?has re-materialized into the familiar form of the
"unnamable" and the fun begins in earnest. It's open season
on Arkham cops and Miskatonic students as the she-demon claws
and slashes and bites its way back to Ms. Ford's nubile body.
Eventually, the film becomes a race to the rare-book room
at Miskatonic's legendary library, as Carter tries to find
the missing pages from the Necronomicon holding the spell
that will send the she-demon back once and for all.
In the rare-book room, Randolph not only discovers the pages
he requires but something unexpected . . . true love. The
geeky student is overwhelmed when Alyda speaks "the ancient
language of Cthulhu" and she sweeps him into her arms by correctly
pronouncing old tentacle-head's unpronounceable name. Unfortunately,
it's Cthulhu interruptus for the young lovers when the she-demon
smashes through the window and prepares to re-merge with Alyda.
Randolph also wants to merge with the supple Alyda, and defeats
the she-demon by capturing the thing's electrical essence
in an old wooden chair. (Like we said, we can't make this
But Randolph Carter's strange love is destined to be unrequited,
for in the end Alyda is the she-demon, and the she-demon is
Alyda. Without the she-demon inside her, Alyda begins to age
rapidlyshe is, after all, over two hundred years oldleaving
only a crumbling skeleton in Randolph's slender arms.
So much for dating older women.
Oh, and no buildings are razed in this filmbut the
chair holding the unnamable's electrical essence does get
toasted in Randolph Carter's fireplace. It just wouldn't be
a Lovecraft adaptation if something didn't catch fire at the