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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze

Year: 1991
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Michael Pressman
Writer: Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird/Todd W Langen
Cast: Paige Turco, David Warner

Not quite as cool or fun as the original if only because it was missing the unique novelty value. It was good seeing some of the other creatures from the Ninja Turtles universe however.

Most of the original cast had also been jettisoned or left along with original director Steve Barron. Hong Kong action studio Golden Harvest also bowed out to leave the franchise in the hands of New Line, which might explain the overarching 'Hollywood-ness' and slapstickery of this effort. Barron and Golden Harvest understood that action film fans - even kids - like violence and can handle a little darkness.

It's right after the events of the first film and Shredder wasn't crushed to death in that garbage truck after all. Now, he's after revenge, so he sets about not only reforming the Foot Clan but creating his own toxic warriors from the last surviving canister of the same compound that made Leo, Donny, Raph and Mikey what they are.

It's funny and it's chop-socky, but not as much of either.

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