Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. What follows is a classic battle between good and evil as the two kids struggle ... See full summary »
Virginia works at a used book store. She's really into horror novels and discovers a really good book. It's called "I, Madman" and it's about an insane doctor who cuts off people's noses, ... See full summary »
Randall William Cook
On the night of Halloween, 10 teens decide to go to a party at an abandoned funeral parlor. "Hull House", rumored to be built on an evil patch of land & underground stream, is the place. ... See full summary »
Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. What follows is a classic battle between good and evil as the two kids struggle to overcome a nightmarish hell that literally begins to take over the Earth. Written by
The fictional The Dark Book album that Terry shows to Glen features the logo for (the very real) Canadian thrash metal band Sacrifice. See more »
When the Lee sisters are leaving the house they have garlic around their necks, but when they get outside, the garlic is gone. See more »
Terrence 'Terry' Chandler:
May the old devils depart! May they burn in the fires of their own damnation! May they freeze in the infinite golden darkness of their own hideous creation!
Isn't that kind of insulting?
Terrence 'Terry' Chandler:
I guess it's supposed to be. I mean, we're trying to get rid of them.
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Ever since the success of 'Gremlins' in 1984 other filmmakers attempted to capture the same magic with their little creature films. The first was 'Ghoulies,' which did extremely well for such a cheesy film. It was followed by a sequel two years later, but neither came close to matching Joe Dante's film. Towards the end of the decade came this film, featuring few people who were really known at the time and made on a low budget. No matter because the result was a very pleasant and memorable little film that has gained a small, but devoted following that led to a sequel and a recent Special Edition DVD. How does the film hold up today?
Pros: A really neat concept. Solid performances. Nice and crisp cinematography. Excellent score. Moves at a roller coaster pace. Amazing special, make-up, and visual effects that have held up quite well. Lots of creepy goings on. Impressive direction by Tibor Takacs. A spooky and often dreamlike atmosphere.
Cons: The hair and fashions date the film horribly. A few of the optical effects near the end don't hold us well as others.
Final thoughts: Like 'The Neverending Story' and 'E.T.' this was one of the films I watched over and over as a kid and that put a smile on my face. Sure watching it today isn't quite the same as it was then, but unlike some films we loved as kids it still holds up very well today. Definitely worth adding to your collection and watching again and again.
My rating: 4/5
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