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Dark Heritage (1989)

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A group of campers in the woods come upon a gang of satanic serial killers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark LaCour ...
Clint Harrison
Tim Verkaik ...
Eddie Moore ...
Mr. Daniels
Joan Parmelee ...
Mrs. Daniels
David Hatcher ...
Todd Leger ...
Joe Jennings ...
Bonnie Darensbourg ...
Jay Reed ...
Jesse Carnes ...
TV Newsman
Robert Carnes ...
TV Paramedic
Ann Darphin ...
Johnny Grimmet ...
Shane Grimmet ...
Mark McCormick ...


An uncredited adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Lurking Fear." After a violent thunderstorm, mutilated bodies are found at a Louisiana campground. Investigative reporter Clint Harrison uncovers a dark local legend about the reclusive Dansen clan, who may be connected with the murders. Determined to dig up the truth, Clint and his buddies decide to spend a stormy night at the seemingly abandoned Dansen mansion... Written by <>

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low-budget good amateur effort at a feature-length Lovecraft adaptation
8 January 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

I watched this because it was supposedly adapted from Lovecraft's Lurking Fear, and indeed it is.

The main house in it, I thought to myself, resembled the house Fletch inherited in Fletch Lives (1989). In fact, it is!: the Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation, Geismer, Louisiana, USA. I think it's unlikely they were both shooting there the same year. Dark Heritage seems like it could be several years older than its copyright date.

A reporter is sent to do a story on some campers that have been killed (we only see that two are attacked, but evidently more were). The newspaper's owner has the manager offer the reporter to stay in a nearby house about which he is also curious. The manager thinks it's a really bad idea, but the reporter agrees and has two other guys willing to join him.

Something happens during the night, and the two other guys are killed; the reporter flees. No evidence is found afterward, but a videotape they'd made shows up in the reporter's car mysteriously. He researches the house and the area in a library, where he meets two parapsychologists who are also interested in the house.

The new team of three goes back, and they discover strange holes in the ground around the house...

I don't think there will be any big surprises for anyone who has read Lovecraft's story, or the two other movie adaptations of it (Lurking Fear, and Bleeders AKA Hemoglobin). However, it is a good amateur effort.

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