Thanks to our buddy JOHN SULLIVAN’s recent IAHTKY everybody around the kindertrauma offices has come down with SPOOKIES fever (our offices consist of myself and five cats under my employ). Now that I think about, J.M. COZZOLI of ZOMBO’s CLOSET revealed his soft spot for SPOOKIES in his IAHTKY too. Now it’s time for everybody who hasn’t seen it before to get a load of what all the fuss is about! I’m happy to tell you that some nice person uploaded the flick onto YouTube! The cool thing is that it’s presented in one piece and it’s lifted from what looks like a decent DVD! Because of all the sad licensing issues that have plagued this film since its inception, it is very possible that it will never make it to DVD. Sure you could buy an old used VHS if you wanted but I’m thinking the color and picture quality is better here! As always, it could vanish at any time so this is your big chance!
The first thing you will notice about SPOOKIES is that it makes no sense. The second thing you will notice is that you don’t really care because it has a zillion monsters in it and the special effects are the kind of which your soul has been craving. The reason this movie is such a jumble is because it was made as something else entirely by two directors, lost its financing before completion and then scenes with little relation were filmed by a third director and used to patch up the holes! It sounds like a recipe for disaster and I suppose it is for fussbudgets who like their movies comprehensible. For those who prefer people who transform into giant spiders over coherence, this is a windfall!
Perhaps SPOOKIES’ biggest drawback is that it lacks any humans you can relate to but it’s a fair trade for “Duke” (NICK GIONTA), who by rights should go down in history as one of the biggest and most entertainingly annoying jerk characters in all of horror! (I think his only real competition would be Wildman from FINAL EXAM or Dr. Crews from FRIDAY 7 or maybe the decapitated head of Kristen’s mom from ELM STREET 3 or any of those greedy guys that insist on going forward with a community event even though it’s a bad idea because of a hungry monster being in the vicinity.) Anyway, you get a witch too and the witch is cool. Plus farting zombies and a fantastic score that is pure unadulterated 80s pleasure. Watch SPOOKIES below!