After being released from prison, John Martense returns to his family’s hometown in order to retrieve a large some of money, left to John by his father from his last heist before he passed away. However, John stumbles across the few remaining townsfolk as they standoff against humanoid creatures who live underneath the town’s cemetery. To make matters worse, a trio of criminal who are after the money as well show up. Now everyone must ban together if they wish to survive what lurks under their feet.
“Lurking Fear”…on blu-ray? Someone actually put together a new high-definition transfer of “Lurking Fear”? “Lurking Fear” from 1994? Produced and released by Full Moon? THAT “Lurking Fear”?!
While reading the press release for the upcoming (but now available) new blu-ray release of the seminal classic — and I’m using that term loosely — “Lurking Fear”, I wasn’t sure if it was necessary for us to review the movie because I thought surely he had discussed the movie before. Maybe on Ronny’s 23 Monster Movies for Halloween — nope. Surely on my Full Moon Favorites list — not there either.
I thought it was very strange that there was no mention of “Lurking Fear” anywhere on Film Bizarro since the movie has everything going for it: Jeffrey Combs and cheap Lovecraft monsters. What else could you possibly need from a movie?! The upside, I thought, was that this grave error of ours gave me a good excuse to rewatch the movie and checkout the snazzy new transfer. However, it wasn’t before long that I realized why “Lurking Fear” had not been mentioned on the site before…it’s an incredibly boring movie.
This is one of those times where it seems as if my brain rejects everything that’s bad about the movie and I only remember certain parts. Leaving me only with this delusion of having a fondness for the film when in actuality I want nothing more than to take a nap during those first unbearable 30-minutes — and the movie is only 76-goddamn-minutes long! Although saying that makes me feel bad because “Lurking Fear” is one of those low-budget monster movies where I feel as though I should like it, but watching it now, I can’t help but think that the movie doesn’t do enough.
Having said that, “Lurking Fear” is genuinely one of those kind of movies that plays better in a group setting where everyone is delirious from shit food and cheap drinks. Where even the dumbest things are amusing. Like when Ms. Marlowe (Allison Mackie) says, “Hey, loverboy” then proceeds to kick John Martense (Blake Adams) in the face and finishes up with the line, “We really are good together.” When you’re alone, it’s a horrible scene and a horrible line that leaves a viewer with only soul deadening sighs for companionship. In a group setting, everyone is in hysterics.
I hate to say negative things about this movie because there are some enjoyable parts (regardless of what kind of setting you’re in) and it is fun and entertaining, to a certain extent. And no matter how bad it gets, it is still a movie about a small group of people fighting of monsters in glorious low-budget fashion. Sure it’s not scary, but you’ll love watching someone get their heart ripped out by one of these bug-eyed redneck creatures! Or seeing a man get pulled through a window by a monster only to then be thrown through another window! Because why the fuck not, right?! Hell, toss him through a third window because fuck that guy!
Well, the character that is. Not the actor. Unless the actor is a dick as well, in which case, fuck him too!
BUT the most important thing about “Lurking Fear” and the only reason that matters about why you should watch the movie, is a drunken, bearded Jeffrey Combs. And I sincerely mean that! I think we can all agree that Combs makes any movie worth watching but there’s something magical about his performance in “Lurking Fear”. His portrayal of a doctor who’s in a town that’s plagued by monsters but doesn’t give a single fuck is nothing but an absolute joy to watch because the character is so cynical that it borders on being ironic. It's a sight to behold and watching this movie, now, made me have a greater appreciation for Jeffrey Combs and secretly wish this character of his had his own spin-off movies (because one wouldn't be enough).
“Lurking Fear” is unfortunately one of those movies where I want to like it more than I do because, in retrospect, it is an average low-budget horror movie. Where this flick falls short in comparison to others is that there are too many lulls. It’s especially rough since the first 30-minutes are wasted on character and story exposition. Nothing happens. People talk and then more people talk. It’s the worst possible way to spend the runtime when the movie is only 76-minutes long. If it wasn’t for Jeffrey Combs, cheap looking monsters, horrible line delivery, and an impressive amount of explosions for a movie of this caliber, “Lurking Fear” would be a total waste. As it is, the movie isn’t memorable but it is a good one to throw on during a bad-movie night with friends.