Then it is 1989 and the expectations raised for this film are not met. Why are there 3 demons in a barn? They unleash brief theatrical violence and ferocity every so often. The ‘actors’ in this film have odd intonation and mumble. This was undemanding. Linnea’s character has open distain for the ‘hero’ and she’s right. The ‘hero’ and his BFF are dedicated to the macho aspects of male identity and are chasing failure.
Linnea has no moral authority and they reflect distain. A white rotary phone is seen. There is rotten acting. Where did TPTB find these ‘actors’? Under a bridge? The ‘hero’ and his ‘friends’ make imbecilic decisions. Meanwhile Dr Rock is a TV host who yells. This was no symbolically resonant. Our ‘hero’ has a deranged sense of self importance and criminal culpability and he isn’t even pitiable. Girls are pleasers and have no agency.
The ‘hero’ looks like a poor man’s Adam Driver. He and idiot friends stumble across the demon infested barn. These 6 idiots with no concept of private property or sense of purpose deserve all they get. The ‘hero’ is attention loving and has unrealistic notions and has rules he lives by. The lip sync seems off. Is it bad ADR?
Too much time is allocated to these tools. Where is the bright light coming from at night? There is death and a hayseed band. There is exposition and bad VFX and gratuitous nudity. There is swearing and I have no idea what is going on or why. There is a ‘twist’ and this was an epically abominable waste of space.
“Your legacy in this town.”
“How is welcoming evil to my door a form of protection?”
“Does that sign say Deathville?”
“Why would Chris be running down the street?”
“Digging holes and stuff.”
There is bad acting (especially by Crampton) and animal abuse. Why is West let stay in the couple’s house? Combs plays a camp slimy crazy mental bastard with utter conviction. West can raise the dead and has a distinctively crazy voice. This was intentionally creepy and injects new life into body parts other films cannot reach.
Dan the ‘hero’ is an idiot. He is played by Bruce Abbott who was in the 1992-1993 TV show ‘Dark Justice’. Diabolical things happen in amusingly vicious ways. Only Combs can act and one can see why this film type-cast him for life. Still for all its flaws (animal abuse and bad acting) this is WAY better than 'The Barn'.
“Does this building have a basement?”
“How can you teach such drivel?”
“Do you agree that he’s dead now?”
“A written apology for this entire affair.”
“He failed! Not I!”
“Wasn’t fresh enough.”
The Puppet Masters (1994)
The Frighteners (1996)
Maniac Cop (1987)