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In a small upstate New York town where children mysteriously go missing at an alarming rate, a strange man runs a haunted house each year at Halloween where it is rumored that the body parts of the missing are used as props. A bumbling local sheriff and an overly inquisitive teenage girl try to find the truth, but sometimes the truth hurts.
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To say the acting is amateurish in almost every case would be being kind; the camera work, whilst there are some really outstanding shots and good composition, is shaky and inconsistent; even the quality of the film is grainy and pixelated, tiling VERY apparent on the blacks and a lot of distortion in long shots; the sound work is hit and miss, a good bit of the dialogue fading into the background behind the overly-amped and D-grade soundtrack; the story is a pretty good one, not entirely original, but done in a convincing and different way, but there are several elements that don't immediately make an overt amount of sense...
...and all of that sounds like a terrible excuse for killing an hour of your time watching it.
When you sit back and take into account that this film was done by a group of basically kids, with probably about two-hundred bucks worth of budget, borrowed equipment, and a weekend or two to work on it, you have to see it with different eyes. I doubt seriously anyone who worked on this film got paid a red cent up front; it was composed purely of passion and dogged determination to get something worthwhile put together in a genre they obviously all love. They sought to bring out a little originality rather than re-hash something someone else had already done, and whereas you can see some elements in the film you've seen before, overall I think they were successful.
The story is simplistic, but sometimes those are the best kind: A small town in New York (the actual hometown of the filmmakers) has an extremely unusual amount of teen disappearances, and local law seems stymied (well, actually, disinterested, but that's a plot point). In this same little town is a guy named Loomis who runs an annual "haunted house" in his garage every Halloween (again, an actual event in this town), and the local teens think he may be the culprit in the disappearances...indeed, even using the bodies of his victims as props. Impromptu investigations begin, and the fun starts.
For this to be a no-budget film, the special effects are pretty good (and somewhat over the top, but they were obviously aiming for that), and if you watch it all with an open mind and appreciation for the genre, it genuinely grows on you before the second reel starts. I'm a fan of indie horror, and can appreciate even the most pedestrian attempts if the heart is in it, and I believe that's the case with this one.
So...casual watchers of the horror flick, you may want to go back, re-read my opening paragraph, and walk on...but you dyed-in-the-wool horrorphiles, if you keep your mind open, will find an enjoyable watch outta this one...don't spend a lot on it, but it's definitely worth seeing.
I give it a solid three stars for the effort, the story, and the pretty good eye for cinematography.
Hat's off to the young Andy Wolf and the family and friends that obviously put so much into this!
The chief bad guy, and title character, is a local recluse named Bill Loomis (creepily played by Bill Loomis), who is obsessed with Halloween and who also happens to have died a long time ago, which is a fact that seems to have completely escaped his incredibly obtuse neighbors. Every Halloween Mr. Loomis puts on a haunted house festival in his dilapidated two-story garage for the amusement of the locals, complete with ghosts and mummies and monsters and people getting their heads chopped off by guillotines and so on. What his neighbors don't know, besides the fact that Mr. Loomis is an animated corpse, is that he uses real body parts to create his haunted house monsters, acquiring them from the teenagers he kidnaps and keeps prisoner in his basement until he needs a new body part or two for his creations.
The local sheriff seems to be, besides a total jerk, completely clueless as to what is happening to the kids. For some odd reason he manages to keep his job, despite the fact that about 27-bazillion local kids have mysteriously disappeared during the last year or two, and also despite the fact that he doesn't seem to be at all interested in finding out what's going on.
Meanwhile, some of the local kids, being much less obtuse than their parents, have gotten suspicious of Mr. Loomis and have decided to conduct a little investigation of their own, which of course, this being a horror film, might not be good for them.
Also, and again meanwhile, the deputy sheriff, who is, unlike his boss, not a total jerk, and who is also the brother of one of the kidnaped kids, conducts his own investigation, which might not be good for him, either.
So, is the sheriff completely clueless, or is he something else? What's going to happen to the current batch of kidnaped kids? Will they live or die? What's going to happen to the deputy? Will he live or die? Why is a dead guy able to remain on the local tax rolls, despite his deadness, and how does he manage to keep on killing people without any of the locals catching on? And how many ways can this dead guy make other people dead, and which body part or parts will he remove next?
For the answers to these important questions, and others, watch the darned flick. It's a hoot, and a good example of a funky and gory, low-budget horror movie that shouldn't be missed by anyone who likes funky and gory, low-budget horror movies. And don't forget the popcorn. Mr. Halloween would be disappointed if you did.
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By the way, despite this being a low-budget movie made by people who've never made a movie before, there's a lot of really good camera shots and angles in it, along with an interesting story, and Bill Loomis is amazingly effective at playing a creepy, dead guy kidnapper and killer.
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And just a little note about the jacket of this DVD: this movie has absolutely nothing to do with killer clowns. People who like killer clown movies will be disappointed if they rent this one because it's not about killer clowns, and people who don't like killer clown movies won't rent it because the jacket makes it look like it's about killer clowns. I'm puzzled, but maybe I'm just an easily puzzled guy.
As so other reviewers state, the clown on the cover is nowheres to be found within the film.
At the end Mr Halloween finaly got the girl back again because it had a poster up that she was still missing.
I give this Movie 5 stars.