I remember when House first came out and was advertised as a horror movie. When i first saw it on VHS i was like uh?Richard Moll surprised me a bit in that one. I had only known him from Night Court and didn't believe he could be scary.
I think the movied suffered a bit by not knowing what it wanted to be. It had the dark themes, it had the supernatural horror and it had comedy bordering on slapstick. And while all those things can work together, putting the focus on just one would have given it a more consistent tone. Though I think the comedy bits are my favorite specifically because they don't fit the tone.
The Second movie felt more like they decided on the goofy adventure theme and just sprinkled in the bits of supernatural horror in a few places.
Dang it! Now I need to see who has these on streaming. They aren't good movies but they are fun to watch.