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Hack-O-Lantern (1988)

R | | Horror | Video 25 March 1988
A kindly old grandfather is actually the leader of a murderous satanic cult which sacrifices its victims on Halloween.

Director:

Jag Mundhra

Writers:

Dave Eisenstark (story) (as Burford Hauser), Carla Robinson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hy Pyke ... Grandpa
Gregory Scott Cummins ... Tommy
Katina Garner Katina Garner ... Amanda
Carla B. ... Vera (as Carla Baron)
Jeff Brown Jeff Brown ... Roger
Michael Potts Michael Potts ... Bill
Patricia Christie Patricia Christie ... Beth
Larry Coven Larry Coven ... Brian
Bryson Gerard Bryson Gerard ... Young Tommy
Heidi Lepucki Heidi Lepucki ... Young Vera
Lance Harvey Lance Harvey ... Young Roger
Jeanna Fine ... Nora (as Angel Rush)
Dave Campbell Dave Campbell ... Sarge
Marya Gant ... Carrie
Michael Mincinski Michael Mincinski ... Bob
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Storyline

A kindly old grandfather is actually the leader of a murderous satanic cult which sacrifices its victims on Halloween.

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Mask See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Spencer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Referenced in WNUF Halloween Special (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know You Don't Mean What You Say
Gregory T. Haggard
Written by Gregory T. Haggard
(BMI)
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Cheesy, fun Halloween slasher, but no holiday classic
27 October 2015 | by yourmotheratemydog715See all my reviews

Jag Mundhra's second stab at the slasher film (after 1987's snooze OPEN HOUSE) isn't an '80s Halloween-season classic like TRICK OR TREAT or NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, but schlocky horror fans will probably have a good time with it.

Hy Pyke (what a name!) is delightfully over-the-top as the grandfather (who is described as 'kindly' in the IMDb summary, but you're never given the impression he's anything but a scumbag) hell-bent on getting his eldest grandson to devote himself to his Satanic cult, a lame-o group that flash gang signs to each other and wear flannels under their devil robes. Meanwhile, someone in the cult is randomly killing people, and it's up to the other grandson, a boyishly handsome cop, to figure out what the hell is going on.

It's gorier than a lot of the slashers from this time period (though the body count is low), and just about every female cast member gets naked at some point (except, bafflingly, the most attractive one). Most of the leads have fun with their silly roles. It feels super padded, even at 90 minutes, what with random five-minute glam metal dream sequences and a head-scratching, unfunny stand-up comedy routine that grinds all the Satanic action to a halt.

Watchable for sure, whether or not it's worth watching could go either way. Don't spend too long tracking it down, but you could watch way worse.


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