CRYSTAL FORCE must have made a profit of over $700 bucks on video so prolific producer Jerry Feifer (aka Mr. WITCHCRAFT) got this sequel rolling through his Vista Street Entertainment. He is like Roger Corman on chemo. And how do you make the positively anemic first film look amazing? Why you shoot the sequel on video! After having viewed this follow-up, I suddenly look back on CRYSTAL FORCE with fond memories. Oh, that beautiful film look. Those semi-professional actors. Damn you, CRYSTAL FORCE II, damn you!
Sad sack bartender Jake (Chris Zawalki) pines for waitress Allison (Betsy Gardner), who is abused by her boyfriend (“Joe may be a son of a bitch, but he’s my son of a bitch”). He loves her so much that he says he would give his soul for her. Uh oh. Enter Virgil Starkweather (Paul Brewster). Yes, Starkweather, this is about as subtle as part 1’s Mr. Beazel. Anyway, this messenger for Satan drifts into the Royal Oak Bar and proceeds to befriend our lonely spirits slinger. Virgil uses mind control on a patron via the tiny crystal (yay semi-continuity!) around his neck to start a bar fight which he clumsily breaks up (let’s just say he ain’t no Jackie Chan). This so impresses owner Big Slim (who is fat, LOL!) that he immediately hires Virgil as a bouncer and gives him the keys to his brother’s place to stay at. Damn, he good.
Of course, Virgil be bad too. After all, he does have a goatee. And, for some odd reason, this minion from hell has fangs and we see him bite into a rat and a dude in an alley. Ol’ Virg here starts working overtime on his Satanic Make-a-Wish foundation for Jake. He gets him to drink a potion made of his blood and suddenly Jake is full of confidence, even having the amazing courage to tell Allison his favorite movie is THE GODFATHER. That totally gets her into the sack. You go, boy! Naturally, this comes with a price and Virgil wants Jake to sign away his soul. The deal is 25 years of Charlie Sheen-esque “winning” on Earth in exchange for your soul burning in eternity. Hmmm, something seems a bit uneven there. When Jake refuses, Virgil takes him to hell’s waiting room (the same bar with red lighting) where they play a game of cards for his soul. THE SEVENTH SEAL this ain’t.