Year: 1986

Director: Ken Russell

Written by: Stephen Volk

Threat: Ghost

Weapon of Choice: Leeches

Based upon: Original

IMDb page: IMDb link


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The tyranist's thoughts
I'm normally the kind of guy who goes in for this kind of movie, but I have to admit that this time around Ken Russell administered a beating that not even I can take. The premise behind the movie is a fascinating one and could be turned into a fantastic movie. To retell the night that Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, and John Polidori sat around telling ghost stories and then coming up with several classics is fascinating to those of us steeped in the strange lore of the horror world. But this is an atrocity. Before I bash it any further I have to admit that the copy that I watched had static over the soundtrack for the first half hour and this greatly diminished the viewing experience, but still, it was fine for more than two-thirds of the movie. I found it confusing, unadulterated crap. I can only assume that Ken was trying to portray an evening tainted heavily with drugs and hallucinations, but in the end all I had was a few interesting little points combined with a ton of overhead that I really couldn't sort out. Please stay away from this one. As much as everyone loves The Lair of the White Worm this one should be avoided.

Total Skulls: 21

Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title skull
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution skull
MTV Editing
OTS skull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked skull
Wanton sex skullskull
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity skull
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location skull
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door skullskull
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene skull
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence skullskull
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes
x years before/later
Dark and stormy night skullskull
Killer doesn't stay dead
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all skull
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending skull
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell? skullskull