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Although enough of a cult favourite to spawn a trio of undistinguished sequels, this low budget independent horror movie is a surprisingly shambolic affair whose moments of genuine invention stand out amid the prevailing incompetence. A sinister mausoleum is the focus of the action, as inquisitive adolescent Baldwin and older sibling Thornbury uncover dastardly goings-on involving Scrimm's imposing baddie 'The Tall Man', killer hooded dwarfs and a spiked flying steel sphere that sucks its victims' brains out. The wild and woolly storyline would undoubtedly prove more thrilling had one man band Coscarelli even a rudimentary grasp of sustaining suspense, but it's fair to say the cluelessness proves more endearing than exasperating. The spirit of Ed Wood lurks in the shadows.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Don Coscarelli
Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli
Cast: Angus Scrimm
A Michael Baldwin
Bill Thornbury
Reggie Bannister
Kathy Lester
Terrie Kalbus
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