Bede’s Bad Movie Tweet-A-Thon #46: Highlander II – The Quickening

Hey everyone! Welcome to the 46th edition of my Bad Movie Tweet-A-Thon series. As you already know from last month here on I posted up poll with three bad movies and I said that whichever one out of those three films had the highest votes, I would watch and live-tweet for this column. Well, the votes are in and you all have spoken. For this instalment of Bad Movie Tweet-A-Thon, you guys wanted me to watch and live-tweet… HIGHLANDER II: THE QUICKENING! Is this one of the worst sequels of all time? Does anything in this film even make any sense? Will the director’s Renegade Cut version actually make this watchable and coherent? Read on and find out!

Bede @BedeJermyn

I should state right off the bat the version I’m watching and live tweeting is the Director’s Cut, not the Theatrical Cut.

I couldn’t find the TC version anywhere so I had to resort to watching the DC version instead since that one is more available

I know I’ve already said this millions before but I’m going to say it again: is it too late for me to not watch this film?

You can tell that this film was made in the ’90s ’cause the big environmental problem at the time was the Ozone layer.

Hey HIGHLANDER II! BLADE RUNNER called and they want their visual look back!

Yep, when I think of a cool way to open a HIGHLANDER film, it definitely be having set at the opera.

Wait, this film had a ‘story’?!

It’s weird how Christopher Lambert’s old age make up is pretty accurate to he looks like now.

It still makes me laugh that a French actor is playing a Scottish character while a Scottish actor is playing a Spanish/Egyptian one

I know in this DC they changed it so the Immortals come from the distant ‘past’ rather than another planet called Zeist but still what?!

Why is Michael Ironside wearing a WWE championship belt on his costume?

Ummm… Who’s doing this voice over in this trail scene with MacLeod & Ramirez? It’s just bizarre.

I like how this film was made in the ’90s but yet, it looks like it was actually made back in the early ’80s.

Mullets. Mullets everywhere.

You know I don’t blame these thugs from backing off once they’ve recognise McLeod. I mean would you want to mess with him?

Shield Control. I expect Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury to show up any minute now.

Wait a second, how don’t these guards notice this environmental terrorists running around?! It’s not that hard to spot them!

It’s pretty hilarious that all the security guards are al wearing cod pieces in their uniforms.

Between this film, BATMAN & ROBIN and JUDGE DREDD, it seems like every bad film in the ’90s had someone wearing a cod piece

Seriously, whose voice is that? This is confusing.

Katana’s henchmen look like bizarre steam punk humanoid versions of porcupines.

I like how everyone blames McLeod for all their problems even though he did saved all of them and the planet with that shield

Hello Virginia Madsen *re-ow*

It’s so inconsistent how Lambert goes back-and-forth between his old voice and his regular normal voice.

Man, this fight scene between McLeod and one of Katana’s is almost slow as the train that’s going through this street.

Geez, there’s so many things blowing up during McLeod’s quickening that I swear that scene was directed by Michael Bay.

I know exactly what Louise is thinking right here: “Damn! McLeod got both young and hot!”

Yeah, I don’t think anyone rocks a mullet like Christopher Lambert. It’s pretty majestic.

Geez, henchman. That homeless person only wanted a light for his cigarette. You didn’t have blow up you jerk

McLeod is experiencing the Quickening again. But seriously though, it’s just the Immortals having a pretty epic orgasm.

I don’t know how Ramirez was able to come back to life but this scene with him at sabotaging HAMLET is the film’s best scene.

So Sean Connery turned down both LORD OF THE RINGS and THE MATRIX ’cause he didn’t ‘get’ them but yet he understood this film? Okay.

Oh, geez. MacLeod and Louise have literally have known each other for 5 minutes and they’re already banging each other.

I like how Louise basically sums up how convoluted the mythology behind the Immortals actually is in this sequel.

I’m trying to figure out who has the longest full name: Ramirez in HIGHLANDER or Daenerys in GAME OF THRONES?

Yep, it’s official. Sean Connery can make even the worst film a little bit more watchable.

Oh, man. I don’t know if this plane that Ramirez is on is CGI or not, but it’s still a pretty bad special effect.

Yeah, Michael Ironside is having way too much fun in this film.

“Where the hell am I?” You’re in starring HIGHLANDER II: THE QUICKENING.

Geez, lady. Keep a close eye on your baby carriage, will ya?

Yeah, I’m pretty sure all this wouldn’t be happening on a train if it were at the speed it was going at.

It’s pretty hilarious how that obvious fake baby is just flying all over the place.

Yeah, I’m pretty sue that a train can’t go 700mph but okay.

Okay, movie. We know that we’re at the Shield Corporation. So you didn’t have to give us that subtitle just now.

I like how McLeod’s former partner Alan thinks that he had a face lift.

Wait, you can’t use shield to block the sun! All the plants will die and owls will deafen us with incessant hooting!

Now I’m trying to figure out who does the most overacting in this film: Michael Ironside or John C. Ginley.

Is it just me or does John C. Ginley’s suit looks way too big for his body.

You know what? I think Jeff Bridges based his of the Dude from THE BIG LEWBOWSKI on this Taxi Driver character.

Ahhh, yeah. Seriously what kind of airline has an instructional video that includes a plane crash on their flight? Seriously?!

Ah okay, Katana. I’m pretty sure that henchman you killed of John C. Ginley’s is pretty much dead already.  You’ve killed him enough. 

Well, McLeod’s previous wife died pretty quickly after saying her plays words to him, didn’t she?

Is Katana going to make out with that statue? ‘Cause it looks like he’s about to.

“After all these years, you’re still a jerk” Really, McLeod? Is that the best insult you can come up with to Katana?

Yep, it’s official. Katana is complete utter dumb arse. You could have won if you just let McLeod die of old age but nope. You had to go make him immortal. Dumb arse. 

I have to say this spinning overhead shot of Louise coming up the spiral staircase is actually pretty cool.

Oh, yeah! We’ve got showdown between McLeod and Katana coming up!

So many wide-angle lenses.

Ahhh… McLeod? It might be a good time jump off that elevator right now.

Damn bro! McLeod’s all messed up from that elevator crash!

Ahh… Virginia Madsen. You make this film at least worth watching.

I like how unsubtle Queen’s “Who Wants To Live Forever” is every time it’s played when MacLeod and Louise are together.

Once again I need somehow to explain to me how Ramirez came back to life? It doesn’t make any sense.

When I grow up, I wish to be cool as Sean Connery is when he plays Ramirez.

I like how Ramirez practically knows everything about the modern world of 2024 despite having been dead for 500 years.

“This is Louise. The police are after her” “The police have good taste” You’re such a smooth operator, Ramirez.

John C. Ginley clearly went to the Tommy Wiseau school of throwing things around acting for this scene.

Seriously, I would totally watch a spin-off film featuring just Michael Ironside and John C. Ginley’s characters.

Is it just me or does Christopher Lambert’s mullet get more and more bigger as the film goes along.

“Hit it dude!” Well, I think a new contender to replace “You’re the man, dawg” as the most bizarre line Connery has said.

Oh, man. This film is now doing a pretty bloody and hardcore homage to BONNIE & CLYDE’s ending with this scene.

SERIOUSLY?! How on earth did Louise not get hit by any bullets when she was in the trunk?! That car was shot to hell!

Doctor Sunny Jackson? Yeah, that’s not a name a doctor would have.

Well, this is the weirdest design for a prison I have ever seen.

No!!! Not McLeod’s friend Allan! He only had one day left until retirement!

Giant fans. Why does it always have to be giant fans?

This giant fan scene is pretty scary. I don’t think the actors aren’t actually acting in this scenes. They look terrified!

Ramirez just died. Again. I hope Connery got paid a lot of money for this film ’cause his role was basically pointless.

Wait, is this film actually ripping off the famous ‘fight on top of a truck’ scene from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK?! Wow.

Seriously?! Are McLeod & Louise on Mt. Everest? Cause there’s no way they can be that high about the shield.

You know what’s funny? John C. Ginley was 2 years younger than what I am now when was in this film. I feel very old now.

I don’t know how somehow can be lifted and thrown out of a window by their balls but whatever.

Geez, this final fight between McLeod and Katana is rather anticlimactic.

Ahh, McLeod. I’m pretty sure that was a button you could have pushed instead of actually going into that machine.

You know what? While this film isn’t a good film by any means but I’ll say this, its way better than the terrible 3rd and 5th sequels.

Well, that’s end of the film. This DC is definitely much better than the TC but that being said, it’s a sequel we didn’t need.

I hope everyone enjoyed reading this 46th edition of my Bad Movie Tweet-A-Thon! Keep a look out sometime at the end of April for my 47th edition, which I could be doing on one of the following three bad film: GREASE 2, THE MASTER OF DISGUISE and THE NEXT KARATE KID. Which one will it be? Vote on the poll which will be posted on soon!

– Bede Jermyn


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