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Lurking Fear
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2013
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70 minutes of terrible...but I couldn't stop giggling while rolling my eyes. And yes, without the credits this really is only 70 minutes.

Really cheap sets and highly questionable acting raise a brow of doubt in the first 90 seconds of this movie. But don't worry, the writing is bad, too. So you'll get plenty of "oh, geez" laughs out of it. A lot of the scenes feel like they came out of some horror-themed soap opera--which doesn't speak well of the director of this laughable catastrophe.

The first scene sets an interesting tone. Two women and an infant are staying in some old church with monsters living between the under the floors. They know these monsters want to eat them, but they spend the night anyway and somehow are able to sleep...alone...with no one keeping watch. Low and behold, the consequence of this thoughtful plan was that someone got killed by some rubber-gloved monster-clawed arms reaching out from a vent in the wall.

You see, there are these Morlockian troglodytes living under a church and the nearby cemetery. They grunt and have grey skin and glazed white eyes as you would imagine any typical subterranean corpse-eating creature would appear.

The story brings together three sets of people with different motives to the church...

The first is John Martense, who is released from prison to meet crooked mortician Knaggs (Vincent Schiavelli; Ghost, Lord of Illusions). After a quick "how ya' doin'" John is already planning to commit a crime. He's going to recover some blood money that was buried with a body in the graveyard by the church. I know what you're thinking and the answer is yes: that church.
Then there's Bennett, Marlowe (Allison Mackie) and Pierce (Joe Leavengood; Trancers 2; Basket Case 2), three criminals that are after the same money.

Among others, Cathryn (Ashley Laurence; the Hellraiser series, Warlock III), Maria and an alcoholic physician Dr. Haggis (Jeffrey Combs; The Re-Animator, From Beyond) make up the third group. They seek to eliminate this race of subterranean humanoids of local legend--a legend which is mentioned, but never really explained.

The action scenes are quite bad, ranging from terrible pulled punches to awkward, hardly credible gun handling skills. The sound effects accompanying the punches remind me of the original arcade version of Street Fighter. The same goes for all of the altercations with the monsters. The most credible action was the cemetery mud wrestling brawl between Allison Mackie and Ashley Laurence in the pouring rain. Go figure. The male director gave all of his technical attention to a catfight hybrid between a wet t-shirt contest and women's mud wrestling.

The gore is generally weak, but I must credit the effects team and director for making so many attempts to please the Fangoria fans out there. There are a lot of dead body, corpse and skeleton scenes in which these props are used for more than just background. They come with a few laughs. The creature make-up is similarly ho-hum. But they embrace it. They don't make you wait until the last 20 minutes of the movie to see it. You get to see it a lot. Which means they spent a lot of money on it and took some risks.

This story is evidently based on some work of H. P. Lovecraft. Other than a weak link between a human church and the creatures, I see no connection to Lovecraft. It definitely didn't "feel" Lovecraftian. To add to that, the story follows these three groups of people convening on this church. But we don't have much of a good explanation as to "why" the good guys are trying to eradicate these monsters.

Lovecraft fans shouldn't see this. It will just disappoint them. But bad horror fans are in for the standard laughs that come with genre. This movie takes itself very seriously, and that just adds to the fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Demonic type creatures live underground at Leffert's Corners. They like to come out on Christmas eve as our human hunters prepare a surprise from them at the church cemetery. Meanwhile some bad guy grave robbers are looking for buried money. The two clash, in what becomes a three way fight.

You don't get to see the Creepshow looking creatures until near the end. Until then it was just arms reaching out. The scare factor was hit and miss. Short film with little to no character build up.

3 stars because it didn't completely suck and was based on an H.P. Lovecraft short story. Part of a 30 Horror Film Collection.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
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Lovecraft in name only, meaning a dead author has very little recourse whenever some yahoo `borrows' one of his ideas and mistreats it shamefully.
That aside, there really isn't much they could have done to spiff up this Christmas dinner. The plot is basic: strand a group of people in one location and pick them off one by one. There's nothing new or original there. The action is scattered at best, they don't even take full advantage of the below-dwellers. The `suspense' couldn't kill anyone, being almost nonexistent. It's amazing how they took so long to say so little. None of the performers excelled, even stalwart actor of the overdone, Jeffrey Combs, seemed a little anemic here, not that he was given much to do. And that's the best way to describe this film; it didn't really try to accomplish anything of merit. Horror by rote. I wasn't impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
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Not bad. It's slow to start because everyone seems whiny. The extra plot of the crime boss was unnecessary and lagged the plot. However, the reveal at the end with the underground chamber was really good. Always a pleasure to watch Jeffrey Combs in a Lovecraft-inspired movie.
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on July 4, 2014
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If you are a Lovecraft purest give this on a pass, or avoid reading his stuff. These "B" flicks just can't do his work justice. But if you like "B" horror this will do the trick. It's a bit transparent but that's OK because it's just a "B" thriller. Enjoy only if you aren't into Lovecraft.
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on January 5, 2014
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The Full Moon crew know how to tell a great story. This is the movie that originally introduced me to Charles Band and his Full Moon label. I've since watched everything I can find and will continue to do so.
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Stewart Gordon hit another home run with "Lurking Fear" based on an H.P. Lovecraft story. And of course Jeffrey Combs returns in another great role. He's becoming the new Vincent Price he's been in so many horror films in his career. ("Re-Animator"); of course his best role".

The beings in "Lurking Fear" live under a graveyard and are ghouls. Besides eating the corpses, they come to the surface in an old church and attack the people in the nearby village. Jeffrey Combs and a remaining few people from the village, a drifter who used to live in the village, and a bunch of gangsters determined to retrieve gold buried in the cemetery.

Of course, they have to join together to fight the Lurkers who pick them off one by one until the drifter ends up in a surprise ending you won't see coming. Reasonably priced through Amazon as usual. This is one for you Lovecraft/Gordon fans.
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on February 24, 2013
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After the sad news of the premature (71) death of actor Jon Finch (Polanksi's Macbeth, Hitchcock's Frenzy, Death on the Nile, Ben Hall (Oz TV miniseries) in early 2013 I ordered in his honour a few of his films that I had not seen for a retrospective. "Lurking Fear" is a turkey, dear. Jon Finch has little to do but look handsome and menacing before having his face gouged. This is not his finest hour. It's low budget so he can hardly have done it for the money but perhaps that is all this gig had going for it. He is seen to much better advantage in the aforementioned better known films and in a 90's British TV film "Unexplained Laughter" with Diana Rigg.
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on December 16, 2014
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An okay watch due to mediocre plot involving a crime mystery over buried treasure mixed with ghoul-like monsters. Jeffrey Coombs, Ashley Laurence, and Vincent Schiavelli make this better as their acting isn't obvious that they're here for a paycheck.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
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If Lovecraft were alive he would be a millionaire from suing film makers who attach his name to their movies. This is just another tiresome and moronic adaption of one of his works. Do these movie makers even read his works before filming them?
There have been only 4 or 5 films made of his works that really honor him; and there isn't a Stuart Gordon work among them. Add this one to the list of trash.
The only element that could have saved this picture is Blake Bailey doing the entire movie in the nude and that isn't very Lovecraft either.
Stay away from this crap.
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