Spookies (1986) - IMDb

Day 13 of the NOFS 31-day horror challenge is gratuitous graveyards. My first instinct was to go with one of the Night of the Living Dead movies, but I decided to go with a movie that I hadn’t seen until just a few months ago. I went with Spookies because it has quite a few graveyards, plus I wanted to go with another movie that’s a fun watch. I watched it on The Last Drive-In in July after having forgotten about the movie entirely. I remember seeing the VHS cover when I was little.

Spookies was directed by Brendan Faulkner, Thomas Doran, and Eugene Joseph. It was written by Thomas Doran, Brendan Faulkner, Fran Farel, and Ann Burgund. It stars Felix Ward, Dan Scott, Alec Nemser, and Maria Pechukas. There’s not much I can say about the cast because this is a lot of their only film credits. I will say the movie is a mess as you might have been able to guess from it having three directors and four writers.

Nonsensical synopsis for a confusing movie incoming with spoilers throughout.

Spookies is a very confusing movie. It starts with a boy, Billy, wandering through a forest. Its his birthday and everyone forgot about it. He stumbles upon a drifter, who is killed, and Billy finds his way to an abandoned house. He thinks the stuff there is a surprise for him. He is scared away by a head in a box. He is killed and buried by a cat pirate cowboy thing. There’s a group of “friends” that come across the same mansion as Billy. They discover a Ouija board and are targeted by the Warlock Kreon, who lives in the mansion. He possesses one of the group. The group is picked off slowly by a wide variety of monsters. They are attacked by farty muck-men, small demons, a giant spider and a spider woman, a monster with electric tentacles, a grim reaper, and the possessed friend. Kreon’s bride is trying to escape him while this is happening, because she is held against her will. She escapes after stabbing Kreon in the forehead. She is attacked by zombies. She thinks she’s free when she happens upon a car and is driven away by a new person, but it turns out that he is really the pirate cowboy cat. The movie ends with Kreon having burst out of a crypt.

The effects in the movie are kind of a mess. You really get a sense of the budget when you see a lot of them. They all don’t look terrible but they all look at least kind of bad. The music was done by James Calabrese and Kenneth Higgins. Some of the music sounds like it should be in a Castlevania game, which isn’t a bad thing just random to hear in a movie. The best music is in the final chase through the graveyard.

Spookies is a fun watch. I really have to recommend watching the Last Drive-In version, probably first just so you can learn a lot about the movie. You’ll find enjoyment no matter how you watch it. You can watch it on Shudder. I give Spookies 6 pulsating forehead veins out of 10.

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