A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together, with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents and a growing sense of delusional from their leader.
A comedy-drama about a Black American female philosophy professor and her insensitive, philandering, and flamboyant artist husband who are having a marital crisis. When the wife goes off on... See full summary »
In recent years, some of the best Horror films have been independent. It must be so satisfying to have complete creative control and no studio execs breathing down your neck. There are also plenty of great examples from the past as well. Many Horror flicks of the 1980s were done independently. The downside however is that many of them are pure schlock that deserve to be forgotten. I mean just because one has a camera doesn't mean they're the next great filmmakers. Some, like 'Fright House,' are at least so bad they're amusing.
Pros: Al Lewis, Duane Jones and a few others do their best. The mansion is one spooky location. Unintentional hilarity. Some of the make-up effects are pretty good.
Cons: Weak direction. Some of the performances are terrible. All over the place script, especially the second half. A lot of poor dialogue. Intrusive score. Riddled with clichés. Uneven pace.
Final thoughts: This film was one of many I saw on the video store shelves as a kid. The artwork always intrigued me, but it wasn't until today that I finally saw it. Sometimes you find a diamond in the rough, sometimes something better off in a landfill. There are worse Horror films, but this one is still pretty painful. It can however be enjoyed with friends looking for a few good laughs.
My rating: 2/5
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