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Horror novelist Roger Cobb is a man on the edge, reeling from his recent divorce, haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his young son, and struggling with his new book about his traumatic experiences in Vietnam. But when he moves into the strange house left to him by his late aunt, Roger’s precarious sanity comes under siege by nightmares of his dead war buddy, visits from a nosy neighbor, and an onslaught of hideous creatures from another dimension. Horror has found a new home, and it’s fully furnished with murder, monsters and madness! William Katt (TV’s “The Greatest American Hero”), George Wendt (TV’s “Cheers”), Richard Moll (TV’s “Night Court”) and Kay Lenz (Stripped to Kill) star in this outrageously scary horror hit, produced by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) and directed by Steve Miner (Warlock, Halloween: H20).
I grew up with this fim. Someone in my family rented it and it was never returned. I watched it quite often because of this fact, and watching it again after all these years brings me back. It is is defintly right up there with Evil Dead (II) and Phantasm (II) as my favorite dark comedic horror films, that to this day no other have accomplished, with the exception of Donnie Darko.
The music and the era of this film are worthy enough of sheer brilliance. Of course some effects are cgessy, but dang i love me some cheese ever now and again!
It might be an 80's horror movie but it is far removed by the usual plot devices and humor seeping through the cracks of this unusual story. When released it was a novel genre still frothing with delight at the potential to scare audiences.
The most wonderful part about this movie (and its sequel)is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. Fought along the edges of creepshow and tales from the crypt, it blends dark humor, wonderfully bizarre horror effects and a classic cast of actors with a fairly original storyline (for the time).
As movies go these days it would be considered below sub-par simply because it would be rehashed (we can only hope for a remake), but when this film was released it was wonderful nod to the genre. I love this movie for the nostalgia, effects and odd shocks. It reminds me of my childhood….and while that might scare me, it also makes me very happy.
Don't watch for the quality, watch for the era.