Criminally Insane 2

Criminally Insane 2 Information

Criminally Insane 2 (also known as Crazy Fat Ethel 2) is a 1987 horror film written and directed by Nick Millard. It is the sequel to the 1975 film Criminally Insane.


Due to budget cuts, an institution releases Ethel Janowski, a morbidly obese woman whose obsession with food caused her to murder six people, into a halfway house operated by the elderly Hope Bartholomew. As soon as Ethel is admitted into the Bartholomew House, it becomes clear that she is still delusional, convinced that Hope is her dead grandmother, and that a fellow patient named Edgar Stanley is the detective who arrested her. As time passes, Ethel begins demanding more food, and starts refusing to take her medication.

One day, while Hope is out, an orderly feeds the residents dog food, and taunts Ethel by slowly eating a chocolate bar in front of her. Ethel snaps, and kills the orderly by hanging him with a cord, an act witnessed by Edgar. A lieutenant is called in to investigate the death, and leaves after questioning Ethel. Edgar tells Ethel that he will keep quiet about what she did, in exchange for her desserts. Ethel tries to poison Edgar, and when that fails, she resorts to stabbing him with four knives.

After another visit from the lieutenant, Hope catches Ethel eating a bag of pretzels, and tries to confiscate them, prompting Ethel to bash her head in. Ethel proceeds to murder the remaining resident (a man who believed he was an insect) and one of the institution doctors when he drops by to see why his calls to the halfway house have not been getting through. Ethel then dances with a dog and a knife in the house's backyard, and when the lieutenant returns, she answers door, and laughs crazily as she states, "Welcome to Bartholomew House. I'm Hope Bartholomew, and I hope you'll be very happy here!"


  • Priscilla Alden as Ethel Janowsky
  • Joe Elliot as Dinner Server
  • Albert Eskinazi as Edgar Stanley
  • Royal Farros as Doctor
  • Frances Millard as Hope Bartholomew
  • Nick Millard as Doctor Stevens
  • Fred Sarra as Lieutenant Frank Harris


Bill Gibron of DVD Talk awarded the film a score of 2/5, and wrote, "While there is some enjoyment to be had in revisiting a favorite fiend, Criminally Insane 2 is nothing more than a novelty. It can't hold a moldering corpse to its predecessor." A zero was given by Slasherpool, which called the film "suckalicious" and "embarrassingly awful". All DVD Verdict's David Johnson wrote in regards to Criminally Insane 2 was, "The less I say about this horrible movie the better."

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