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Spookies (1986)

 -  Horror  -  January 1988 (USA)
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Taking a wrong turn, travelers find themselves trapped in a mysterious house. One horror after another threatens them as the sorcerer who lives within needs sacrifices to give eternal life ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felix Ward ...
Maria Pechukas ...
Isabelle
Dan Scott ...
Kreon's Servant
...
Billy
A.J. Lowenthal ...
Korda / Son of Kreon & Isabelle
Pat Wesley Bryan ...
Drifter
Peter Dain ...
Peter
Nick Gionta ...
Duke
Lisa Friede ...
Carol
Joan Ellen Delaney ...
Linda
...
Rich
Kim Merrill ...
Meegan
Charlotte Alexandra ...
Adrienne (as Charlotte Seeley)
Anthony Valbiro ...
Dave
Soo Paek ...
The Spider Woman
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Taking a wrong turn, travelers find themselves trapped in a mysterious house. One horror after another threatens them as the sorcerer who lives within needs sacrifices to give eternal life to his beautiful bride. Written by M. Gumen

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A night of unrelenting terror See more »

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Goblin  »

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Well-known underground comic artist Richard Corben created the poster art and video box for this film. See more »

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When Adrienne sits on the couch, her cigarette swaps hands between shots. See more »

Quotes

Kreon: Darling Isabelle, I can wait no longer. The final foolish victims, will be here very soon. And then, once again, we shall be together for all time...
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References Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

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Spooks of the night.
2 April 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

The first time I tried watching "Spookies" was on a rough looking ex-rental video tape and I barely got through the opening sequence due to its bad quality. So in the bin it went, and my hunger for seeing it only grew. Until recently I luckily happened upon a DVD copy of it.

A group of young adults driving around looking for a place to party stumble across old mansion in the woods. Unknowingly to them it's occupied by an evil sorcerer and one by one they're picked off to help revive his dead bride.

"Spookies" is downright crazy, senseless and spontaneous low-rent 80s sludge, which is so goofy it's too much fun to pass up. Everything about it is hysterical. I guess you just have to go with its unhinged tone and take it as a creaky haunted house ride, where you don't know what awaits you at every turn. Since it's a patchwork of two films, some executed passages might be clunky and never truly capture its imaginative concept and ideas, but at least the original (but not perfect) screenplay makes for an enjoyable, if confounded monster mash. While heavy on things going on, the short running time breezes by until it comes to it's somewhat eccentric, but dragged out climax. Also it breathes some striking atmospheric touches and positional placements -- especially the use of lighting within the creepy rundown mansion. What I did like is that while it can seem silly, still it has a cruel, grim side that's perfectly pitched by the opening sequences involving a young teenage boy.

Although where it actually caught me off guard, was with its use of visual effects and make-up FX. The low-budget shows within the set-designs and props, but the creations (a whole bunch of ghouls) and effects (optical lights and splitting heads) are vividly creative and extremely well delivered. Not so the erratic music score… talk about random and kooky. But then again it should fit its style. The performances are gawkily over-the-top (with Felix Ward taking top honours) or woodenly blank with the typical character fodder evident, but the script while amusing remains muffled and daft.

Cheapjack, but mindlessly entertaining 80s horror comedy, where anything goes.


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