July 15, 2013


Clive Barker, 1987

Larry (Andrew Robinson) and Julia (Clare Higgins) move into Larry's childhood home to get away from the city. When moving in they discover that his long-lost, not-really-missed brother Frank had been staying there some time ago. What they don't realize, is that he's actually still in the house in some form: just trapped in an alternate dimension with demonic torturers.

The campy film runs on some quality editing and surprisingly good effects. At times some of the visual effects are similar to those in The Fly. Other times they appear to almost be on par with Alien. The only time this becomes distracting is when you see that horrible, much forgotten 80's electricity effect. The only part of Back to the Future I do not welcome with open arms. The only part of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure that does not bring a smile to my face. The progression of Frank from slime to mobile zombie is quite entertaining. Other features of the film are feel very dated (fashion, humor, sound). The deterioration of Julia feels far-fetched and forceful. Larry's character feels like a caricature of 1980's Dad. Their daughter Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) is the quintessential frightened female who doesn't know which door to run into. In the end, while there may be a mildly surprising twist in the final act, the film feels anachronous and predictable.  

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