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John Henry Johnson (written by)
Bryan Sisson (story)
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A group of teenagers battle a horde of zombies and evil creatures that live underneath a graveyard. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Brent Ritter ... Loath
Bettina Julius ... The Witch
Clayton A. McCaw ... Paul
Patrick Keller ... Ken
Deborah McVencenty ... Sandy
Becky Golladay ... Alice
Kent E. Fritzell ... Bor
James Asbury ... Sam
Marty Bechina ... Officer Fox
Don Warren ... Farmer Jenks
Willard Hall ... Forn (Scarecrow)
George Schanze ... The Muldoon Man
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Tom Massmann ... Max

Clay McCaw ... Paul
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Directed by
John Henry Johnson 
 
Writing credits
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John Henry Johnson  written by
Bryan Sisson  story

Produced by
John Henry Johnson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Randall Crissman 
 
Cinematography by
John Henry Johnson 
 
Film Editing by
John Henry Johnson 
 
Costume Design by
Carol Cartmell 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Spatola .... makeup effects consultant
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan Sisson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Paul Emrich .... sound mixer
Sonny Theis .... sound designer
 
Special Effects by
Mark Sisson .... special effects: Wizard Effects Group
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brent Ritter .... key grip
 
Editorial Department
Louise Fujiki .... color timer
Bryan Sisson .... assistant film editor
 

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104 min
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Fabulously insane monster mash, 3 March 2012
Author: sgtking from United States

A great majority of low budget Horror films from the 80s deserve to be forgotten. Like today, it seemed like anyone with a camera and a love for movies could make one. Truth is, one has to have talent to go with the passion. Bombs like 'Hollow Gate' and 'Scared Stiff' show few to no signs of either. There are some exceptions of course. Zombie movies were a big deal back in the day. Most don't really stand out, but there are a good number that do. The one and only Horror film by Colorado filmmaker John H. Johnson, 'Curse of the Blue Lights' is not just another living dead film. Instead, it tries to be a lot more and though it's pretty ridiculous, it succeeds at being entertaining.

Pros: Game cast. Fun score that's a bit over-the-top at times. Nice job done on the make-up and special effects. Quick paced. Spooky atmosphere. Cheesy to the max. Actually a decent story. A lot of memorably out there sequences. My favorite is the opening one.

Cons: One-dimensional teen characters. Some pretty awful dialogue. Some overacting, particularly by Bettina Julius as the witch. Cheap sets. Could have used one more trip to the editing room.

Final thoughts: For lovers of low budget Horror, this is a must see. From start to finish it's delicious fun. It may not be Oscar caliber, but the people involved really went for it. Actually, with better actors, a script polish and a bigger budget, this could have been legitimately good. None-the-less, it's a gem among all the garbage.

My rating: 3.5/5

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