One of the film's advertising tag-lines was: "Once... they made history. Now... they are history!"
Sight and Sound - 01/01/1992
"...Hugely enjoyable....An ingeniously surreal and quite ridiculous world..."
New York Times - 07/19/1991
"...A hip, friendly universe....Played with such loose-jointed aplomb..."
Entertainment Weekly -
"...Fantastical..." -- Rating: A-
Los Angeles Times - 07/19/1991
"...BOGUS JOURNEY is better than the original: more imaginative, more opulent, wilder and freer, more excitingly visualized..."
After miraculously graduating San Dimas high school, Bill and Ted are preparing for a battle of the bands. But somewhere in the future the evil De Nomolos creates identical Bill and Ted robots to kill the originals, take their place and lose the contest. Bill and Ted must dodge Death and fulfill their most resplendent destiny.
This time out, our two vacuous but loveable teenagers are thrown off a cliff and sent to Hell, where they are tortured with a succession of stylishly realized nightmares. The duo need to escape the fires of Hades in enough time to make it to the "battle of the bands" their rock group has entered. In order to free themselves they engage the "Grim Reaper" in a gut-wrenching series of contests testing the limits of human discipline and intelligence. Victorious, they return to Earth to battle the pair of evil robotic doubles who originally killed them, and have since taken their places -- wreaking havoc with the dudes' personal lives.
The name of Bill and Ted's heavy metal band is "Wyld Stallynz."
The sequences in Hell with the "Grim Reaper" are a comic hommage to Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" (1957). In Bergman's film the protagonist plays a game of chess with "Death" in order to win a short reprieve from his fate and come back to life. In "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey", the duo challenge "His Royal Deathness" to games of Battleship, Clue and Twister.