Cult dove in a hot steamin pile of B and didn’t even get a lousy T-shirt. Instead he had an unsettling…
A B-View by Cult
Here is yet another H.P Lovecraft adaption from the company who also produced the infamous Puppet Master franchise. What brought this to my attention, over and above a bunch of others, was a particular actor, namely cult icon Jeffrey Combs (of Re-Animator and Frighteners fame). In the first two minutes I think I noticed another huge genre icon's face as well, Ashley Lawrence, who appears more like a Linda Hamilton-esque (Terminator 1&2) character more than her famous roles in the original, rumored to be a remake in the works (Clive Barker himself is trying to get this done), Hellraiser movies.
LF pits a band of bandits against a group of holed up individuals fighting off a town's age old curse. Full of deplorable one liners (at one point a Priest is told, “Cheer up you might get to meet your boss tonight.” Priceless) and at times very obviously fake fight scenes which fit the B movie genre's stereotype nicely. As if that wasn't enough Ashley Lawrence fights another femme fatale in the pouring rain. A few scenes of practical gore FX are done well bringing my checklist near completion. It's only a pity the films antagonists are rather generic appearing more like mass produced Halloween costumes than believable inbred mutants.
Jeffrey Combs, as always, excels in his role that while small is still important to the film's overall storyline. A storyline that admittedly gets a little murky towards the end. LF falls into the B movie trap that so many low budget movies are guilty of, that of overused explosions and effects rather than attention to a decent story and/or the film's conclusion.
Enjoy this is if you are a B movie fan, otherwise you might want to avoid it. So before you watch Lurking Fear…
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