Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Film Review: LURKING FEAR (1994)

Writer/director C. Courtney Joyner brings to life H.P. Lovecraft’s Lurching Fear (1994) with Hellraiser (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) star Ashley Lawrence and character actor Jeffrey Combs (of The Re-Animator films). 

The town of Leffert’s Corners has a deep and dark secret that has plagued it for generations and now it has become nothing more than a ghost town with a handful of residents holed up in the church surrounded by an ageless cemetery.  Cathryn Farrell (Lawrence) is the leader of this group of survivors just trying to not get killed by whatever haunts the town.  She has a plan to destroy the cemetery as she believes that the town is haunted by creatures that live underneath the cemetery praying upon all the living.  Unfortunately for her an ex-con John Martense (Blake Adams) and a few others also show up at the cemetery looking for money buried in one of the crypts.  Now, all hell is about to break loose as survival, money, and the constant threat of creatures below the surface threaten them all and maybe none of them will survive the night.

The film is a very bare bones affair and more concerned with action and gore than actual story which is fine because it’s very entertaining seeing Lawrence as the bad ass with guns and in full action-girl mode and her rapport with drunken doctor (Combs) gives audiences some of the best moments in the film.  What the film lacks in story it more than makes up for in action and atmosphere as the desolated and in disarray church that most of the film takes place in makes for an excellent location (similar to the one in John Carpenter’s The Fog).  There is a lot of great production value to be had in this film and Joyner’s direction makes the film one of the better adaptations of a Lovecraft story.

This may not be one of the top horror films of all time but it is one of the more entertaining for horror fans which is why it has endured for so long.  If you’ve never seen this film and are a Lovecraft (or Lawrence and Combs) fan this film is worth taking a look at.

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