Hobgoblins (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  14 July 1988 (USA)
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A young security guard must track down diminutive aliens who kill people even as they make their fantasies come true.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Bartlett ...
Paige Sullivan ...
Steven Boggs ...
Kelley Palmer ...
Fantazia (as Tami Bakke)
Jeffrey Culver ...
Kevin Kildow ...
Kari French ...
James Mayberry ...
Ken Abraham ...
Don Barrett ...
David Teague ...


A group of hobgoblins, who allow you to live out your fantasies but kill you in the process, escape from a studio vault, and a security guard and his friends must stop them before dawn. Written by Brendan Dillon <bdillon@mindspring.com>

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Be careful what you wish for... You just might get it!


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

14 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hobgoblins - La Stirpe da Estirpare  »

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$15,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Filmed on a budget of $15,000. See more »


During McCreedy's flashback, his 'Visitants' magazine clearly has no pages. See more »


[first lines]
McCreedy: [Dennis is listening to his radio] Dennis. Dennis!
[takes off his headphones]
Dennis: Hey! What gives?
McCreedy: You're being paid to work around here, not just sit around and blast your eardrums!
Dennis: Hey, take it easy. I can do both.
McCreedy: [a phone rings, McCreedy answers] Hello? Hello?
[hangs up]
McCreedy: [to Dennis] Didn't you hear the phone ringing?
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Hayride to Hell
Written by Mark Hodson (as Hodson) and Spit Spingola (as Spingola)
Performed by The Fontanelles (uncredited)
Used by Permission of Gorilla Whip Music Ltd.
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Can you catch a venereal disease from a movie?
7 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is not just bad, not just corny, it is repulsive. Something about Daphne, about the creepy call-girl, about the whole damn (and I use the word literally) film radiates a grotesquery that would offend a brothel mistress. This film makes my skin crawl, makes me regret having reproductive organs, and makes me feel unclean.

One of the things that bothers me most about this movie is that they used such a good concept. A creature that makes fantasies with disastrous results, rather than the cliché Worst Nightmare and the overdone Twisted Wish, is a truly fascinating film idea.

Thought: The reason why hobgoblins need to be killed before day is that they are attracted to bright lights. During the day, bright lights don't show up well, so they could go anywhere.

Count the Hobgoblins: Four hobgoblins drive out of the film studio, and yet at least nine of the pernicious plush-toys are killed throughout the course of the movie.

Discussion Question: If you had a frigid, demanding, unappreciative girlfriend, would you enter garden-tool-combat with a military chunkhead? Explain.

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