Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Kathleen Taylor, Michael Sage (II), David DeWitt (II), Brenda Matthews, Rick Irvin
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
It's Halloween in the quaint town of Hobb's Grove. A horror-themed amusement park is thriving in the season of ghouls and goblins. But when seven new teenage employees begin to disappear one-by-one, it becomes apparent tha... more »
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Amateurish Attempt At Horror
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 09/29/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, this is a silly one. The plot and characters make no sense (although the Sheriff is really fun to watch). The camera work is on a par with Blair Witch.A couple has sunk all of their money into buying a farm and setting up a haunted house. Somehow a week's worth of business is supposed to create profit.Unfortunately, they have disturbed the ground by removing trees (never disturb the ground in anyplace with the name Hobb, didn't we learn that in Five Million Years To Earth?). By doing so, they have released a demon (looks like Swamp Thing in rags) that kills certain people (although he drags it out over many days).The first to go is the daughter of the man who owns the town. Her disappearance goes unnoticed except by her coworkers (guess daddy was too busy).The dialog is really bad (not good bad, but bad bad) with a cast of stereotypes and teens who look like they should have graduated college and not still be High School seniors.The camera work is apparently all handheld as there is not a smooth pan in the lot. The camera jumps around a lot although it appears to be unintentional (unlike in Blair Witch).The gore scenes are gratuitous and unbelievable with buckets of blood that looks nothing like blood.Overall it looks like a high school film project. There is not even a real ending. The only true redeeming quality was the Sheriff, a square-haired good-ole-boy obsessed with murder and getting into the true murder magazines. His colorful way of speaking can be fun.Others have liked this film, but I just can't get into it even though I love bad horror films and teen horror films. This one just really misses the mark."
STAY OUT OF THE PUMPKIN PATCH PAPPY
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 12/07/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"DARKWALKER opens in 1860, with an old coot wandering around in the middle of the night. He enters an area where he shouldn't and lo and behold, he steals a pumpkin and takes it back to his sleeping wife and twin daughters. When he slices the pumpkin, out comes buckets of blood....and then the dark walker comes and beheads the parents, leaving the twins orphans.
Zoom...we're in contemporary times, and an entrepeneur and his wife (David DeWitt and Brenda Matthews) have bought the land called Hobb's Grove, and have built a haunted theme park, which is just about to open in a little town called Sanger, California. (Only for two weeks, though, at Halloween---how are they going to make any money?)
In to the park come the prerequisite teenagers looking for jobs. They audition by screaming, and we have the stereotypical applicants: the shy, psychic cutie (Kathleen Taylor); the handsome and sensitive jock (Michael Sage); the local bitch; the black friend; the Goth cutie; the stoned Reef (short for you guessed it -- Reefer). We know dark walker is going to do some slice and dice, and you can pretty much figure out why. Dark walker's make-up isn't bad, but it certainly is obvious it's a man in a suit (producer Chuck Williams).
There's little suspense, but the film has such a campy feel, it ends up being more entertaining than you may have thought.
Don't expect a sequel, though."
D. Mankey | pennsylvania | 11/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of course this movie doesn't have a 10 million dollar budget, but it has a great story. It reminds me of my small home town with the local haunted house. They hire the workers from the town, have refreshments, a bonfire and everything. Just like a real small town. 99% of the reviews are bad for this movie. I don't understand why people that hate these kinds of movies continue to watch something that they know very well isn't a million dollar blockbuster and then continue to pick the film apart for what it is. A well put together, classic, small town, fright fest that you and your significant other can curl up on the sofa to, eat some pop corn grab a sixer and relax on any night of the week. If you're a fan of the small town slasher flix then you can't do much better than this one."
BO BO BOB | JACKSON, MS | 03/21/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"As slasher flicks go, this one wasn't that bad. The only obvious negative is the killer/creature. It too closely resembled Swamp Thing and the outfit was too silly. But the story was good and entertaining.The acting was professional. The sheriff was a characature. How did all of the killer's victims disturb the land? Why was he killing everyone and why did he not kill the young lady at the end. The actual murders were a bit overdone. Gore does not necessarily equal quality storytelling. There is something missing to the plot. The relationship between the blossoming teens did not develop enough before he became hamburger helper. This movie was worth what I paid for it, but not much more."