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Lurking Fear [VHS] (1994)

Jon Finch , Blake Bailey , C. Courtney Joyner  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jon Finch, Blake Bailey, Ashley Laurence, Jeffrey Combs, Allison Mackie
  • Directors: C. Courtney Joyner
  • Producers: Charles Band
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: July 27, 1994
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303114954
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, this gruesome tale spotlights a town's attempts to rid itself of grotesque creatures breeding beneath the local graveyard, while gun-toting outsiders are hell-bent on retrieving a fortune buried in the ghouls' midst.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Lurking Fear isn't really that accurate of an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, but, as far as movies go, what cinematic try ever has been? While this is a sad and movies have been dismissed (with good reason) because of this, I think it would be a bit rash with this movie. I say this because the movie is still entertaining, has a little bit of gore and a few tensely horrific moments, sports a good cast including the immortal Jeffrey Combs, and has a nice looking "monster" design.
The story is about a now isolated town that, over the years, has been steadily deprived of its occupants by creatures dwelling in tunnels beneath the local cemetery. Through haphazard means, our main characters Cathryn Farrells, looking for a little vengeance, and John Martens, looking for a fortune buried somewhere in the cemetery, find themselves teamed up with a disposable cast (poor Mr. Combs) as they try to live through the night.
Besides, subhuman creatures feeding on flesh-flavored Pop Tarts is enough to bring out the kid in all of us!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraftian Fun February 24, 2011
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This is a 75-minute film adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft short story. The writer and director (John Finch) have taken the somewhat cerebral tale, and tarted it up with a crime story backdrop: there's a family patriarch who was recently buried, reputedly with a hefty stash of cash sewn into his chest cavity. A few shady characters ride into town and threaten the locals, wanting to know the location of the grave. The catch, of course, is that a few ghouls residing near the cemetary don't want the body found. And what a fun bunch they are.

This is one of the more entertaining Lovecraft adapatations available. It's not quite top-drawer in the manner of The Ressurected or The Call of Cthulu, but it's a much better bet than a few of them out there. Filmed in Bucharest, Romania circa 1994, the film does take advantage of aging buildings to provide atmosphere. Plotwise, the director has stuck with Lovecraft's New England flavor, but a Romanian farm village doubling as 'Leffert's Corners' has to be taken with a grain of salt. The gang of crooks are driving a classic '62 Impala convertible with license plate frames advertising a dealer in 'Arkham, MA', a nice touch for fans. For good measure, Re-animator's Jeffery Combs plays the town doctor, with hammy relish. It doesn't hurt that one of the more slimy characters eventually gets his heart ripped out, either. Overall, it's a nice trip for those into the gothic horror genre.

A brief (but informative) making-of film is included as an extra, along with the trailer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Merry Christmas!" 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Someone is rolling over in his grave!
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. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dick Berry
3.0 out of 5 stars Lurking Fear Movie
Not bad. It's slow to start because everyone seems whiny. The extra plot of the crime boss was unnecessary and lagged the plot. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charles W. Johnson II
5.0 out of 5 stars Low budget horror at it's very best
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Oney Wells
3.0 out of 5 stars JUST LET THE WEAPON DO THE WORK
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Movie Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars HPL raped once again
If Lovecraft were alive he would be a millionaire from suing film makers who attach his name to their movies. Read more
Published 10 months ago by fawn's daddy
4.0 out of 5 stars H.P. Lovecraft Nightmare
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Larry G. Boyle
3.0 out of 5 stars Turkey. dear.
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... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Charles Lempriere
4.0 out of 5 stars No better way to spend you evening
As of late, the S train has been full steam ahead in the 90's action department hitting monumental strides. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sid the Elf
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome H.P.Lovecraft film!
I got this in little time.Quality is awesome.A great edition to any Horror film library.With Ashley(Hellraiser 1&2 as Kirsty)laurence starring in a sort of female Rambo lead... Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by cruiserville68
3.0 out of 5 stars Lurking Fear
A group of unsuspecting thieves are caught in one town's struggle for survival when a search for hidden treasure leads them into the bowels of a cursed church that is guarded by... Read more
Published on February 15, 2011 by Carl Manes
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