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  • Actors: Tom Bartlett, Paige Sullivan, Steven Boggs
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Micro Werks
  • DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026LYLV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Hobgoblins is set in a dusty old movie studio. Years earlier, a horror film had been in the works, but production had suddenly and mysteriously shut down. The reason becomes obvious when the title characters escape from the studio vaults. Chaos ensues, not to mention panic and havoc. Say, this sounds an awful lot like Gremlins, doesn't it? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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It's just bad - really, really bad.
Daniel Jolley
The army guy tries to blow them up with a granade he happens to have, but Kevin decides his house is more important than the world and stops him.
Ryan Lohner
This movie had as much plot as a toilet.
kevin bouch

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2010
Format: DVD
DISCLAIMER: I hate "Hobgoblins" with the passion of a thousand exploding suns.

It's kind of like "Gremlins," except it's not funny, not cute, not exciting, and the creatures are ridiculous low-budget puppets that just sit around cackling. Pretty much the only way this movie is tolerable is if you get together with a bunch of friends, drink a lot, and make fun of it in a darkened room, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" style.

Kevin (Tom Bartlett) takes a guard job at a disused movie studio, in the hopes of impressing his whiny girlfriend Amy (Paige Sullivan). His supervisor Mr. McCreedy (Jeffrey Culver) warns him to never go into certain sections of the studio, but of course he does -- and he ends up releasing a bunch of grotesque alien "hobgoblins" on the world.

And of course, the hobgoblins all head RIGHT to the house where Kevin's friends are having a very tame party, and start trying to hypnotize them into killing themselves. No, we never find out WHY they do that, they just DO. And when Amy is hypnotized into becoming a stripping skank at Club Scum, her friends all rush out to rescue her.

Yeah, that pretty much sums up the plot. "Hobgoblins" is pretty much a disaster from the first scenes, in which we're treated to a guard's fantasies of performing rock'n'roll in front of an... empty auditorium. Yeah, pretty low budget in this movie.

After that, everything goes dramatically downhill, as we're treated to nonsensical fight scenes (the infamous rake battle), stupid dialogue ("Must be a new dance... pretty kinky"), giant plotholes (apparently having your whole body engulfed in flames just leaves you with a few arm abrasions) and just... general badness. I mean, what kind of antagonists are cackling alien "hobgoblins" who just sit there and cackle?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sid the Elf on June 25, 2007
Format: DVD
Where to begin? Hobgoblins is the prototypical B movie. The killers were litteraly hand puppets who growled and apparently bit people but who's mouths never moved. Beautiful! And it was an 80's B, so the characters were so nerdy and annoying, we were rooting for them to fall victim to the terrifying hand puppets. Awful acting doesn't scratch the surface for these losers. But it takes special people to enjoy this kind of humor. And Sid the Elf and all our fans are those kind of people. Granted trying to follow the plot for this one would be about as easy as finding the Bermuda Triangle, but thats what B is all about. If it makes sense then it makes it to the big screen, which we have no interest in. If you want to see a real movie please don't go near this one! But if you are a real man then pick this one up and subject yourself to 88 minutes of hand puppets doing nothing more then violent shaking. This one gets a true recomendation from Sid himself. Please don't pay too much attention to the negative reviews for this one. Obviously B is way over their head.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 5, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was first introduced to this film on MST3K, and quickly concluded that it was one of the worst films ever made. Basically, what we have here are a few incredibly stupid looking puppets attacking people. There are a few cul-de-sac in the plot such as mind control of the people by the puppets, a haunted abandoned movie studio and the infamous 'Club Scum' scene where the band plays the 'Fish Picker' song. Truly, very, very bad.
After saying this please know that I actually enjoy this movie. It is absolutely horribly constructed, dismally acted, and ineptly edited. The music is awful, but at least it drowns out the dialogue (when you are lucky). If you want to enjoy watching a very bad movie in the 'Plan 9' genre, you will be quite pleased with yourself for finding this little known gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich Bradson on April 20, 2008
Format: DVD
A great shlock masterpiece that is over ridiculded and too easily tossed aside. Well worth the $7 price tag, this ugly, grainy DVD transfer will have you howling all night long.

The sets are impressive (abandonned movie lot) and the monsters are farily amusing. The bouncer halfway through is none other than Maynard from Pulp Fiction. You won't be dissapointed, don't be fooled by the trashy cover art, this is indeed the 1988 classic. A great six-pack pizza party watch.

Get your copies now, because Hobgoblins part 2 is set to be released sometime in mid-2008...
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The only thing more shocking than the complete and utter putridity of this film is the fact that there was actually a Hobgoblins 2, although I'm pretty sure no one actually saw the sequel - certainly not anyone who had suffered through the original. The fact that it took director (and I use that term loosely) Rick Sloane twenty years to scrape up the money for the sequel tells you something, especially given the fact that he apparently made Hobgoblins in 1987 with the loose change he found stuffed in his couch. Hobgoblins should be hilariously bad - you've got grown people wrestling with hand puppets, for Pete's sake - but it's not. It's just bad - really, really bad. The Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment is really the only way to go here - no one should watch the original movie all by itself.

For Kevin (Tom Bartlett), our dope of a hero, getting a job as an assistant security guard at an abandoned movie lot actually qualifies as a step up in the world, but it still isn't enough to impress his whiny prude of a girlfriend - nor is a rousing match of rake fighting against his military pal Nick (who, unless I miss my guess, couldn't even spell Army if his life depended on it). If only something would happen in his miserably boring life, something that would give him a chance to prove his manhood. Unfortunately, nothing of the kind takes place. Instead, Kevin finds himself trying to capture a bunch of hand puppets (I mean hobgoblins) he accidentally released from a vault on the studio lot. Old man McCreedy (Jeffrey Culver) has spent the past thirty years guarding these furry creatures that came from outer space to make people live out their dumbest fantasies and then kill them for no apparent reason, only to have Kevin ruin everything on his very first night.
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