Back of the box...
“Imagine you and your friends are paired up with your favorite dates and the night is very young. There’s an old, dilapidated mansion just down the road a bit, near the deserted graveyard. It would be the perfect place to party. . . let loose. . . lose your souls.
What you and your friends don’t know is that inside the house lives an ancient sorcerer, a master of the dark arts. He has sacrificed many to give eternal life to his beloved, comatose, bride. Just a few more humans are needed. . . .
The masterful wizard is about to begin another evening of magic. . . conjuring up a dizzying array of monstrous creatures: hellish lizards, skeletal reapers, demons, zombies, ghosts, lust-crazed muck men, luring hags and spider women, all driven by a blind, killer instinct. Special guests will be treated to an onslaught of twisted supernatural torture until each begs to die.
Nothing you have ever witnessed before will have prepared you for the incredible special effects that make SPOOKIES the ultimate, unforgettable experience in pure, unrelenting terror.”
Director: Thomas Doran, Brendan Faulkner
Starring: Nick Gionta, Peter Iasillo Jr., Joan Ellen Delaney
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Spookies is another one of those “so-bad-it’s-good” 80’s horror movies with great characters, scary monsters and amazing lines like, “BOO! Look at me, I’m Duke, the horny ghost.” The unique monster designs and use of practical effects are worth the price of admission alone. The direction of this movie is typically credited to Genie Joseph but, as you can see above, we gave credit to Thomas Doran and Brendan Faulkner. Let us explain. In 1984 Doran and Faulkner made a movie called Twisted Souls about a group of teenagers being killed off by bizarre monsters including a spider woman, snake demons, muck men, and the grim reaper. It was shelved during post production for. . . reasons, but a year later Joseph was hired to shoot additional scenes and edit them into the existing Twisted Souls footage resulting in Spookies. The behind the scenes story is actually really interesting and to learn more about it read The Dissolves oral history “The Strange Saga of Spookies.” It ends up feeling like two separate movies running side by side. One of them with fun characters encountering interesting monsters and great visual effects, and the other. . . some lame magician and monster effects anyone could recreate with a $20 budget at their local Spirit Halloween Superstore. We chose to credit the directors who we think contributed the best to the movie overall. If you like fun 80’s monster movies and practical effects, watch Spookies! From time to time you might feel lost—questioning whether or not you hit your head and blacked-out last time you got up to grab a beer—but don’t worry, it’s the movie, not you.