In this sequal to \"Escape From Witch Mountain,\" Tia and Tony (Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann), teenage sister and brother who possess extraordinary powers, leave their safe refuge on witch mountain for a trip to Los Angeles (their transport ship lands in the Rose Bowl). Tony is kidnapped by the evil Dr. Gannon (Christopher Lee) and his spinster partner Letha (Bette Davis) and brainwashed into helping Gannon and Letha commit various crimes. It\'s up to Tia and a gang of truant kids to rescue Tony and prevent a major disaster.
Bette Davis ... Letha
Christopher Lee ... Victor
Kim Richards ... Tia
Ike Eisenmann ... Tony
Jack Soo ... Mr. Yokomoto
Anthony James ... Sickle
Richard Bakalyan ... Eddie (as Dick Bakalyan)
Ward Costello ... Mr. Clearcole
Christian Juttner ... Dazzler
Brad Savage ... Muscles
Poindexter Yothers ... Crusher (as Poindexter)
Jeffrey Jacquet ... Rocky
Stu Gilliam ... Dolan
This is a very well done sequel to \"Escape to which mountain\" Tony and Tia(Ike Eisenmann & Kim Richards)are back! This time, they come back to LA(they come via space ship and land on the 50 yard line at the rose bowl!)for a vacation.
On their way to the motel, the cab they are riding in runs out of gas. When the cab driver leaves to go get gas, Tony and Tia have visions of a man falling from a tall building. Tony goes to help him. Enter Letha and Victor(Bette Davis & Christopher Lee)who are testing a mind control device that Sickle(Anthony James)is wearing. The test goes wrong when Letha grabs the remote control from victor and drops it on the ground.
When Victor and Letha see Tony\'s powers, they repay Tony for saving Sickle\'s life by kidnapping him. Meanwhile, when Tony hasn\'t returned to the cab-she goes looking for him. He is nowhere to be found. After a short while, a pre-teen group of kids(Whom they call themselves \"The earthquake gang)are running away from another gang-Tia helps them escape from this gang. They then help Tia look for Tony.
I like the earthquake gang. These kids, despite how they dress are not really a violent gang-I think they have a tender side of them-they want to help people. Now I realize that this is not based in any real reality, it\'s only a movie-they are not to be taken seriously. I get a laugh out of them. Although, they try to act tough they don\'t scare anyone.
Victor and Letha are in their Lab testing this mind control device on Tony. After seeing the success of their tests, they both use Tony for their own evil ends. Letha wants money, she takes Tony to the museum in an attempt to steal 3 million dollars worth of gold which is on display. Things of course go wrong when they underestimate the weight of the gold bars. Victor on the other hand wants to rule the world and he uses Tony to take over a plutonium processing plant.
Tia then shows up-and a show down between Tia and Tony ensues-you will need to watch the film to see how it ends.
Although not the best sequel, it\'s better than most
This is a fine sequel to one of Walt Disney\'s better family projects Escape from Witch Mountain. The adult stars are Bette Davis and Christopher Lee as an old dowager financing a mad scientist in some nefarious experiments.
These two happen on the alien kids from Witch Mountain, Kim Richards and Ike Eisenman, when the kids are on holiday to Earth once again. They kidnap Ike after seeing an example of his powers of levitation and seek to use him and fit him with a mind control device that Lee\'s been perfecting.
Lee\'s dreaming some big dreams and Davis has some more mundane schemes like a trip to some gambling house or racetrack. Both of them looking like they are having one grand old time hamming it up for the cameras.
Of course the film wouldn\'t work at all if it were not for the winning personalities of Richards and Eisenman. Both come across as real kids, not sure of the extent of their own powers rather than Hollywood juvenile actors.
The whole of the film is Richards pursuing and trying to rescue her brother and in the process she recruits a gang of juveniles escaping from a truant officer played by the ever deadpan funny Jack Soo. Eventually Soo joins forces with the kids and proves of some help.
Both Escape to Witch Mountain and this sequel are fine family entertainment, some of the best that Disney studio produced.
\"Escape to Witch Mountain\" is not a perfect movie, but has a good plot, well-developed characters, and beautiful scenery. \"Return from Witch Mountain\", unfortunately, has none of those. In this contrived sequel, Tony and Tia are left to fend for themselves while on vacation in Los Angeles (all the better to save on the budget!), where they become mixed up with a mad scientist (Christopher Lee), his partner (Bette Davis), and various other Disney stock characters. What charms the original had are completely absent from this sequel, which seems to borrow every cliché from the scores of middling-to-bad Disney movies which littered the movie landscape in the 1970s.
Much of the dialog is cringe-worthy; you\'ll actually be embarrassed watching it. You\'re better off re-watching the original.