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The Outing (1987)

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An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman's house. They are killed and the lamp is moved to a museum to be studied. The curator's daughter is soon possessed... See full summary »

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Deborah Winters ...
Eve Ferrell / Young Arab Woman / Old Arab Woman
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Dr. Wallace
Andra St. Ivanyi ...
Alex Wallace
Scott Bankston ...
Ted Pinson
Red Mitchell ...
Mike Daley (as Mark Mitchell)
André Chimène ...
Tony Greco
Damon Merrill ...
Babs
Barry Coffing ...
Ross
Tracye Walker ...
Gwen
Raan Lewis ...
Terry
Hank Amico ...
Harley
Brian Floores ...
Max
Michelle Watkins ...
Faylene
Danny Daniels ...
Dr. Theo Bressling (as Danny D. Daniels)
Roy Alan Wilson ...
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An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman's house. They are killed and the lamp is moved to a museum to be studied. The curator's daughter is soon possessed by the genie and invites her friends to spend the night at the museum, along with some uninvited guests. The genie kills them off in an attempt to fulfill her ultimate wish. Written by Mark J. Popp <poppmj@cadvision.com>

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When Bob the security guard is impaled, in the first shot, the spear enters his chest. In the next, it is stuck in his abdomen. See more »

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7 October 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Outing" is supremely cheap 'n' cheesy, crude 'n' clumsy, no budget horror entertainment. Granted, it's slow to get started and the good stuff is mostly saved for the second half. But once the mayhem begins, it proves to be quite amusing. The actors aren't the most professional one will ever see, but who would choose to watch something like this and expect any different? The important thing is that the movie *does* entertain the viewer, if on a somewhat modest level.

A trio of rednecks attempt to rob an old woman. They try to make off with her genie lamp, but they all get slaughtered. Eventually the lamp makes its way into a museum. The curators' daughter Alex (Andra St. Ivanyi) is possessed, or something, and entices her friends into spending some time after hours in the museums' basement. Soon the djinn, or genie, within the lamp is free to continue the body count.

The action in the second half can boast showmanship. The swooping camera-work isn't bad at all and the special effects and gore are substantially enjoyable, no matter how tacky they may be. Among the highlights are a boy chopped in half, a girl attacked in a bathtub by snakes, an opera singing security guard impaled by a spear, and a scientist shoved through a ceiling fan.

The movie also stars the bland James Huston as curator Dr. Wallace, Deborah Winters (from such pictures as "The People Next Door" and "Blue Sunshine") as his love interest,Eve Farrell (Winters also plays the young and old Arab women), and Danny D. Daniels ("Retribution") as Wallaces' colleague Dr. Bressling. Tom Daley handles the directing duties.

All in all, this is diverting enough to appeal to die hard genre devotees.

Six out of 10.


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