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A geneticist takes his assistants to his old family home to locate the deadly product of his late mother's revolutionary research into rapid human evolution - his monstrous tentacled baby brother - before a mad scientist gets to him first.
David Allen Brooks
A renegade doctor is shot dead and entombed with his fiendish experiments in the basement of an abandoned wing of a mental hospital. Twenty years later, a mysterious woman is admitted with amnesia, and her arrival is marked by an earthquake - which cracks the seal to the Dead Pit, freeing the evil doctor to continue his work.Written by
Brian J. Wright <email@example.com>
With heroic lines like: "Come on; we got a water balloon to drop on these a**holes," I doubt this movie doubled as a money pit.
For a movie that took itself Deadly serious, it had its share of mostly unintentional and some intentional humor. Occasionally, I was laughing at the unintentional kind, but recognized the true attempts at about two jokes. And overall, I was shocked this was made at the end of the 80s.
Well, it started off that way. This is the exact kind of scary movie I loved watching as a kid in the first half of the 1980s. The kind that scared me to death for its low budget, amble amount of gore, bad acting and an overpowering antagonist. So, I could easily see this movie being made in the late 70s, early 80s...NOT a decade later. Unless it was homage to the many subgenre(s) I loved so much.
But, that's giving this too much credit. And thought. This movie is a paradox in which I can't tell if it's honoring multiples of movies, ripping them off or oblivious to all horror in the 80s. So, well done, Film. I think.
The film centers around an actually named Jane Doe character, a new patient to a mental hospital who may/may not have a link to the place's sordid past and cover up of the cold open's tale of a so-brilliant doctor he, himself, goes insane while studying death and using the film's title. He was previously stopped 20 years prior, but Jane just has to go digging when she should've let dead things lie.
Truthfully, this movie's so odd, I don't know what to fully think. On one hand, it's so creepily made, it did frighten me as I recalled my past of watching these B-Movie horrors in my room late at night while my disapproving parents were asleep. And on the other hand, the acting's so bad, the pacing and padding were pathetic, the lead's so objectified I thought she was a former porn star and the tone/genre keeps shifting so erratically, I never knew what movie I was watching.
That all said, despite this being made in the late 80s, unbelievably released in the 90s and really deserved to be one of the countless horror movies to debut between 1978-1981, it's recommended. You can't take it as seriously as the creators did and just let your scared, little inner-child watch as the horror reveals all secrets.
Final thoughts: To avoid spoilers and advising the many films within this script, I propose a drinking game. Take a shot for every single movie this mimicked or flat-out stole from. Now, you won't get drunk immediately, or swiftly, but I can guarantee, if you're paying attention, you'll be 12 shots deep by the enormously lengthy climax settles in.
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