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The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there is only a few people left, including the local priest and a woman traumatised by the death of her sister. But when John Martense turns up to claim his illicit family fortune, with bad guys in pursuit, the last stand had become a lot more complicated. Supposedly based on the writings of H P Lovecraft. Written by
David Carroll <email@example.com>
There are all kinds of stories about towns with a dark secret. Stephen King has written several like this and very successfully. Perhaps the best and most terrifying of these is 'Salem's Lot.' Before King, writers like H.P. Lovecraft spun tales of this ilk as well. Another thing they both have in common is that many of their stories have been made into films. They have varied in quality, from the excellent ('Re-animator') to the dreadful ('Cthulhu Mansion'). I'm sorry to say this one is closer to the latter category.
Pros: Cast does all right. Decent score. Nicely done effects. Moves at a good pace. Some atmospheric moments.
Cons: Mostly flat direction. All over the place script. Some bad dialogue. Too talky. Lacks scares and suspense. Some disposable characters.
Final thoughts: The work of Lovecraft is not easily translated to the screen. Some, like Stuart Gordon, have done it very well. This adaptation had some of the right ingredients, but something went wrong in the kitchen. What we have is uneven and none too involving. If you must see it, keep your expectations low.
My rating: 2/5
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