Monsters: Season 1, Episode 12

Fools' Gold (21 Jan. 1989)

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Three construction workers find a hidden cave with treasure guarded by a troll.



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Episode credited cast:
Mary Cadorette ...
T.J. Castronovo ...
Troll (as Debbie Carrington)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerry (as Gregg Saffell)


Three construction workers find a hidden cave with treasure guarded by a troll.

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Watchable enough episode.

Monsters: Fools' Gold starts as underground workman Gerry (Greg Safel) accidentally exposes a large cavern next to where he is digging, poking his inside Gerry is attacked & killed by something in the shadow's. Gerry's boss Sherrie (Mary Cadorette) & two workmates Phil (Jeff Conaway) & Joe (T.J. Castronova) find his badly burned body clutching several pieces of solid gold. Phil goes inside the cavern & finds a huge chest of gold but also runs into an evil little Troll (Debbie Carrington) there to guard it & kill anyone who wants to steal it. Phil, Joe & Sherrie all agree that they want the gold but must first find a way to get past the evil vicious little Troll...

Episode twelve from season one of Monsters this originally aired in the US during January 1989, the one & only directorial effort from special make-up effects man Greg Cannom (whose higher profile make-up effects credits include the likes of Titanic (19970), Blade (1998), Hannibal (2001), The Passion of the Christ (2004), Van Helsing (2004), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) & Watchmen (2009) as well as a whole slew of low budget horror) & isn't a bad installment but isn't amongst the show's best. The one surprise is that the script doesn't go down the moralistic route in the sense I thought the character's involved would either die or be killed because of their own stupidity or greed trying to steal the gold & I actually think Fools' Gold would have been much more satisfying if that's the way the script had gone. The fact two of the three main character's survive seems a little pointless & to me this episode felt like a missed opportunity. A bit. Still, at only twenty odd minutes in length it moves along at a good pace & at least merits a watch if nothing else.

This one has an 80's horror film feel to it with the lighting & the sets being quite atmospheric. The featured monster in Fools' Gold is an ugly little Troll that looks like a smaller version of the monster from The Crate segment from the fun George A. Romero anthology horror Creepshow (1982) & the creature effects here are pretty good although it's kept mostly in the shadow's until the end & you can tell it's just a person in a monster suit although to be fair it's a good monster suit. There's not much gore here, there's a burned face & some bright green spraying Troll blood but little else.

Monsters: Fools' Gold is a decent enough way to spend twenty odd minutes but there's not that much to it & the ending isn't very satisfying either, not too bad but not that great either.

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