Release Date: July 5th, 1990 (Germany)
Directed by: Charles Philip Moore
Written by: Charles Philip Moore
Music by: Bruce Wallenstein
Cast: Eric Larson, Francine Lapensée, Rufus Norris, Jack Forcinito, Stephen Quadros, Mark David Fritsche, Sherry Leigh
Demon Wind Productions Ltd., United Filmmakers, 96 Minutes
“Come on chicken shit. I’ll shove that karate stuff up your ass!” – Dell
What a weird fucking movie.
In fact, I never knew of it’s existence until Joe Bob Briggs unleashed it on me in a recent episode of The Last Drive-In.
It was certainly worth checking out because of its bizarreness.
However, it’s a cheaply made dud that is only saved from completely drowning in its own shit due to how good some of the practical monster effects are for something with an extremely scant budget.
This is an amusing film with weird moments that are certainly worthwhile but this isn’t something that I’d really want to experience again. Or, at least, not for several years.
The scene where the magician dude shows up and does magic and karate is fucking hysterical. It’s one of the greatest introductions in all of film history.
The movie is primarily about this demonic fog that traps some college kids in the vicinity of this haunted, destroyed house with a front door that is a sort of gateway into another dimension. I’m not sure if it is actually a different dimension or time travel or what. Nothing in this movie is very clear.
In the end, this is a good way to kill an hour and a half, assuming that you are a fan of these kind of movies. It also made for a fun episode of The Last Drive-In.
Pairs well with: The Dead Pit, The Devil’s Rain and Night of the Demons.