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The Outing (1987)

An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman's house. They are killed and the lamp is moved to a museum to be studied. The curator's daughter is soon possessed... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Daley

Writer:

Warren Chaney
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Winters ... Eve Ferrell / Young Arab Woman / Old Arab Woman
James Huston ... Dr. Wallace
Andra St. Ivanyi ... Alex Wallace
Scott Bankston Scott Bankston ... Ted Pinson
Red Mitchell Red Mitchell ... Mike Daley (as Mark Mitchell)
André Chimène André Chimène ... Tony Greco
Damon Merrill ... Babs
Barry Coffing ... Ross
Tracye Walker Tracye Walker ... Gwen
Raan Lewis Raan Lewis ... Terry
Hank Amico ... Harley (as Hank Amigo)
Brian Floores ... Max
Michelle Watkins Michelle Watkins ... Faylene
Danny Daniels ... Dr. Theo Bressling (as Danny D. Daniels)
Roy Alan Wilson Roy Alan Wilson ... Guard Bob
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An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman's house. They are killed and the lamp is moved to a museum to be studied. The curator's daughter is soon possessed by the genie and invites her friends to spend the night at the museum, along with some uninvited guests. The genie kills them off in an attempt to fulfill her ultimate wish. Written by Mark J. Popp <poppmj@cadvision.com>

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They're not coming back. See more »

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Trivia

Released directly to video in the UK and West Germany. See more »

Goofs

When Alex is at the breakfast table and her dad is in the kitchen stomping out the burning toast, the blinds over the sink are clearly open as sunlight is shining through. However, right after Dr. Wallace leaves the room to get dressed and Alex steps in to clean up the mess the blinds are suddenly closed without either having touched them. See more »

Quotes

Alex Wallace: What's the matter, afraid?
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, the opera-loving security guard takes a final bow. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 14 secs with edits to a rape scene. See more »

Connections

References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Written and Performed by Rick DeLano
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Wishing your life away.
7 June 2009 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Robbers break into an elderly lady's house, and uncover an exotic artifact in the shape of lamp. They murder her, and then they unknowingly unleash a Djinn from the lamp and they would follow her fate. Soon the lamp finds itself at a museum, where a bunch of students secretly decide to spend the night and would become the next targets of the rampaging djinn.

The Lamp (aka The Outing) has an unusually sound (if simple) concept, largely brought down by its mediocre execution and formulaic inclusions. It starts off decent to only have its interest slowly fade due to its low scale plot developments and lumpy mid-section (focusing on a bunch of rather boring kids), but then the final third erratically erupts (rather gruesomely and incoherently) with a baffling freeze frame closing. However, gladly the numerous (some silly, but a couple remained effective) death scenes provided some inventiveness with a certain splash of nastiness and blood. While the special effects (glowing green mist) and make-up FX can be on the hokey side (a stiff, but towering Djinn), they still had a lively charm to them that reeks of its decade. Director Tom Daley's creaky direction doesn't use the compact locations (and a museum would be such a great setting for this carnage) all that well with little in the way of suspense, due to the uneven pacing that didn't help much in the build-up and atmosphere is barely evident with only a few lasting pockets. At least the quick, swirling camera work adds in some much needed verve and a sense of urgency, despite the routine POV framing. The performances are woeful, but not enough to destroy the viewing. Andra St. Ivanyi leads the way, with James Huston and Deborah Winters in lesser support.

I didn't dislike it, but nonetheless it's completely average and cheap hokum that won't last too long in one's memory.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,083,395

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,083,395
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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