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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John Carradine was approached to play the old man who owns the movie studio, but his agent asked for too much money. See more »


Sergeant Parker's uniform changes from Army green to Air Force blue and back. 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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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1998) See more »


Kiss Kicker '99
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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This Movie fails...on so many levels.
19 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

No matter how you look at this movie, it is just awful.

If you view it as a horror, then it is an unscary movie with the monsters being hand puppets.

If you look at it as a comedy, then you will notice most of the humor falls flat and is just lame.

If it is a romance you will wonder why a guy would stay with such a B**ch!

If you look at it as an action you can't really pull for the whiny hero.

As you can see this movie just fails to deliver anything remotely entertaining. As mentioned the monsters are obvious puppets and this film was another attempt at a Gremlins type movie. This however has the worst looking monsters of that genre. Critters looked pretty good, so did the Ghoulies, heck even the puppets from the Munchies looked better than these. The characters in this film are thouroughly unlikable. The hero is a whiney security guard, his girlfriend is always complaining, they have a tramp friend who has a jerk military boyfriend, and another friend who is a spaz. At one point in the movie the hero and the military guy fight with rakes...this movie is just utterly stupid. I like the scene when they are in the dreaded club scum (which is obviously not a club, but more likely a diner) and the hero tells the waitress that none of them are 21. Give me a break, I am 25 and I look younger than any of them.

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