Director: Genie Joseph, Thomas Duran, Brendan Faulkner
Starring: Felix Ward, Maria Pechukas, Dan Scott, Alec Nemser, A.J. Lowenthal
The ultimate in fright and fun
A couple of teenagers and an adult couple come across a strange mansion. The mansion is owned by an old evil man named Kreon, who has created a gang of supernatural beings to support him in tormenting his visitors who have to work together if they want to have a chance of making it out of there in one piece.
I guess that’s a decent enough attempt to describe the story in Spookies. The story behind this production is more interesting than the story in the actual film. It started out with the working title Twisted Souls with Brendan Faulkner and Thomas Doran behind the camera. Legal problems happened after filming, making the producers get another director (Genie Joseph) on board to shoot additional scenes and edit the entire thing together to become the final product now titled Spookies.
After seeing the film and reading about which scenes was from the original Twisted Souls project and which are the additional scenes, I can safely say that the original scenes are the best while the additional ones seem a bit out of place and… crappy. The entire final product is incredible weird. It is a film that takes a lot of influence both from classic horror from the Universal era and also film of the time, especially Evil Dead.
It is a typical bad 80’s amateur horror film, but there is something very charming about this one. I will probably be the only one who will praise this film so much, but you know what? This is one hell of an entertaining film that just clicked for me for some weird reason. I mean, you have an old vampire wizard type of character in Kreon, he has his own Wolf Man/Boy henchman, there’s zombies that make farting noises, it is just all over the place. Totally bizarre and lots of fun. There’s perhaps not that much scare, but there is a lot of laughter to be had!
The characters are all very stupid and the acting is terrible. You have the “bad ass” thug with a Brooklyn accent in the character Duke, sporting some type of rejected Michael Jackson jacket. You have Rich, the comedy relief guy with a killer mustache and a t-shirt with his own face on it. And you have some other character, all who are going to experience the supernatural havoc caused by Kreon who is doing all of his evil acts in order to get the love of his life – Isabelle. How exactly all of this was supposed to work if beyond me, but who cares.
There’s some type of old fashion practical special effects almost every fifth minute. Most of it isn’t great, but there is some enthusiasm behind it and some honest attempt at making something good behind it. Most of the guys behind the effects have gone on to do more work on both movies and television after this, which is nice to read. They sure got their hands full with everything they had to do on this project.
Spookies is a cheesy b-movie horror film that tries to do a lot but fails in almost every aspect, except becoming highly entertaining for some obscure reason. 99 percent of everyone out there won’t like it, I do. I can’t even explain why, but it was fun. Grab a beer and give Spookies a go!