|Copyright 1996 Bloodline Films Inc.
| Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 20 December 2000
- John - Quiet and reserved, probably due to the fact that he is dying of a strange blood disease.
- Kathleen - Wow! (Excuse me, male reaction.) She is John's beautiful and faithful wife, just totally unprepared for competition.
- Dr. Marlowe - Rutger Hauer! Retired doctor now pursuing a new career as an alcoholic. Mr. Hauer has been frighteningly convincing as a drunk in recent appearances.
- Byrde - Greedy woman who has no scruples, plus she wears an ugly wig. Real ugly. Take it off her head and beat it with a stick ugly. So ugly that a freak half rips it off when it kills her. The wig is just that damn ugly.
- Alice - Thin daughter to Byrde, though horrified by her mother's very nature. In addition to being the island's mortician she acts sort of creepy, she probably didn't date much before her death.
- Lexi - Armed as many crotchety old women are, she has chosen a rifle instead of the customary shotgun. Fat lot of good it does her, for a serene existence on cat food is denied when a Van Daam freak comes to visit.
- The Van Daam Freaks - Disgusting creatures created through centuries of inbreeding, some of which might have even been conceived by hermaphrodites fertilizing themselves. Ugh.
|After a short scene involving incestuous Dutch royalty to provide background for everything we are going to be pummeled with the movie begins in earnest. By that I mean the main characters are introduced.
John and Kathleen have traced John's roots to a small island off the coast of Maine, where a town struggles to carry on the business of living. They probably struggle with keeping their clothes clean as well, since everyone seems to be involved with fishing in some way and none of the roads are paved. Which means they are dirt and this is Maine, which means a lot of rain. Dirt + Rain = Mud.
With his condition reaching the point of being life threatening the pair are trying to find out more about the family history. While many of the islanders are of little help, Lexi knows all about his past. She tells the story of finding the Van Daam's hidden tunnels and being given John (as a baby) to spirit away. Despite his unhealthy skin coloring and mismatched eyes the baby was far too normal for the freaks, this is why John was sent away.
What does a subterranean genetic horror eat though? Corpses of course, the embalmed bodies buried in the island's only cemetery. The problem is that (due to Byrde's failure in adhering to regulations) all of the bodies are being disinterred and shipped to the mainland. Their normal food supply removed, the freaks soon begin preying on hapless townsfolk.
My common sense organ (diseased as it is - a product of far too many movies of this kind) writhed in my torso, before the questions finally hit me. How many people are dying on a regular basis? The population cannot be any more than two hundred, but until now there were enough expired townsfolk to keep the freaks fed? Is this the fabled "poor fisherman's graveyard" where old net casters go to die?
Investigating everything does provide a cure for John's disease, albeit an extremely distasteful one. To survive he must chow down on the same food as the other Van Daams, embalmed corpses. Unfortunately the only suitable entree Dr. Marlowe has on hand is a pickled baby.
So he eats it. I am most certainly not kidding (accept the fact, he bites into it like a zesty kosher dill), the young man munches on pickled baby and instantly feels better. Imbued with a newfound lust for life he has passionate sex with Kathleen, she is so tickled by the attention as not to notice her husband's fetus breath.
Elsewhere on the island (where less nasty things are happening) the residents have taken shelter inside the lighthouse. During the chaos of freaks attacking and the floor collapsing John realizes that he doesn't want to live in the world of normal humans, he wants to live with the other Van Daams. Emboldened by this decision he escapes from his gorgeous wife and flees into the arms of a fat hermaphrodite sister (only part freak). The end.
For the most part this is a normal bad movie with a disturbing plot, but good Lord man, why didn't you just pour off the formaldehyde and drink that?
|Things I Learned From This Movie:|| |
- Incest is a symptom of narcissism.
- Formaldehyde is a poor substitute for perfume.
- Women love pasty faced men with mismatched eyes and feeble constitutions.
- The best way to let your wife know you'd like some lovin' is to stick your fingers down her throat.
- There is a direct connection between hermaphrodites and alcoholism.
- Skeletons always remain in one piece.
- Pickled babies are an aphrodisiac.
- If you are only going to say three words in your entire life make sure they are not "No f**king way!"
- 1 min - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
- 12 mins - Shouldn't she have specified how much of the drug needed to be administered? A nurse indeed!
- 21 mins - Take off that blood stained shirt and learn some table manners, people will think you were raised in underground tunnels.
- 35 mins - Is she laughing?
- 37 mins - And the rat got into the coffin how?
- 46 mins - How does Dr. Marlowe know what seminal fluid smells like? Is that on the final exam at medical school?
- 52 mins - John must have a degenerative brain disease too if it took him that long to realize her story was a ruse.
- 71 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
- 77 mins - Just shoot the stupid freaks, they move like molasses for crying out loud.
| ||Audio clips in wav format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||Kathleen: "It's a degenerative congenital blood disease. That's, that's all we know."
||Alice: "Hey, did you hear about the coffins? Somebody's been breaking into 'em."
||Dr. Marlowe: "He found some inbreeding. Inbreeding can cause mutations, genetic changes."
||Dr. Marlowe: "The island is undercut by tunnels, all leading to the cemetery. There are things living in them, they are feeding on corpses."
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|Alice climbed down into the grave to steal a necklace from the recently departed (for the best of intentions). Too bad for her a Van Daam is waiting beneath and it is very hungry.
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Reply #17. Posted on July 21, 2005, 12:21:42 PM by Dave
This movie sucked ass. I only rented it because of the cover. It had fake blood packs on it. thats what happens when you spend more on the box then on writers
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Radioman970
EAGLE: Don't forget, they also have crummy cgi which is hard to laugh at. Just groan inducing.
I posted above as James Perry. I still haven't given this another go, but want to. I saw a DVD in the bargain bin called Breeders that I nearly bought thinking it was this... :D
Reply #19. Posted on December 11, 2006, 06:38:09 PM by Joe
I cant believe that anyone thinks that this is a good movie. there are so many obvious flaws with it. First of all, why can't anyone seem to kill these things? they don't even have legs, you could just walk up to one and hit it in the face with a shovel. like the scence where they just stand by and let the old woman get killed. also, the character delevopment is terrible, every character that is actually nice and that you start to like gets killed. and what was the deal with the girl that couldnt talk? they mentioned her once and then she just came back in the end. god, im so angry for renting this movie. it could have easily been much better
honestly the worst movie ive ever seen
Reply #20. Posted on December 23, 2006, 10:31:35 PM by Walkingdead
I loved the blonde woman in the movie, she's hot...
and I liked this movie, not the little creatures, but
the story and the places. I think the only problem
is the monsters, they're too little. I got the DVD.
Reply #21. Posted on November 12, 2007, 11:16:24 PM by Tom
bahaha i love it how i love on the island of where it was filmed.. at any rate i love the drunk and her only 3 words!
surly, when i the misfortune to watch this, the gods were p**sed at me
Posted on January 18, 2008, 08:08:07 PM by indianasmith
I saw this one a couple years back; don't remember much detail, but I think I liked it at the time.
Reply #24. Posted on April 28, 2008, 10:12:55 AM by Lord of B movieland
Heh, it is not such a terrible film. At least it has a great sex scene, the acting is passable and the premise is interesting. It is one of the better adaptations of Lovecraft's work, not as good as reanimatior or From Beyond, but it's not that bad.
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