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Lurking Fear (1994)

R | | Action, Horror | 27 July 1994 (USA)
The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there is only a few people left, including the local priest and a woman traumatised by the death of ... See full summary »


C. Courtney Joyner


H.P. Lovecraft (short story), C. Courtney Joyner


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Complete credited cast:
Jon Finch ... Bennett
Blake Adams ... John Martense (as Blake Bailey)
Ashley Laurence ... Cathryn Farrell (as Ashley Lauren)
Jeffrey Combs ... Dr. Haggis
Allison Mackie ... Ms. Marlowe
Paul Mantee ... Father Poole
Vincent Schiavelli ... Knaggs
Joseph Leavengood Joseph Leavengood ... Pierce (as Joe Leavengood)
Michael Todd Michael Todd ... Creature
Cristina Stoica Cristina Stoica ... Maria
Luana Stoica ... Beth
Adrian Pintea ... Ryan
Ilinca Goia ... Leigh


The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there is only a few people left, including the local priest and a woman traumatised by the death of her sister. But when John Martense turns up to claim his illicit family fortune, with bad guys in pursuit, the last stand had become a lot more complicated. Supposedly based on the writings of H P Lovecraft. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

H.P. Lovecraft's Lurking Fear See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Writer/director C. Courtney Joyner wrote the role of Ms. Marlowe specifically with Allison Mackie in mind. See more »


Creature: Your blood will be our blood.
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An underwhelming Lovecraft adaptation.
14 June 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Hunky Blake Adams plays John Martense, a young man just released from prison. He has no prospects, but good fortune could come his way. He seeks out an old associate of his father, an undertaker named Knaggs (Vincent Schiavelli), who lets him know that in the remote community of Leffert's Corner, there is a cemetery containing a corpse stuffed with money. Martense arrives in this village to find a select few individuals preparing to do battle with the monsters that have been feeding on the citizens for the past 20 years. He is soon joined by Bennett (Jon Finch), his late fathers' ruthless former partner who, quite naturally, also wants the money.

This one has to rate as a misfire. C. Courtney Joyner directs from his own screenplay of the H.P. Lovecraft short story, and it's highly uninspired. It's simply too hard to care about any of the characters here, or the tale being told. One wonders what might have been had Stuart Gordon, creator of some of the best Lovecraft adaptations out there, done this film as was originally planned. A shame, really, because "Lurking Fear" has some amusing and striking Old World type atmosphere (this was shot on location in Romania). But Joyner fails to create any suspense or much in the way of horror. The creatures are rather unimaginative looking. Some gore lovers might be mildly appreciative, though.

Ever reliable Jeffrey Combs is entertainingly eccentric as a local doctor, and it's fun to see "Hellraiser" female lead Ashley Laurence play a badass sort of character. The full name of the man played by the distinctively featured Schiavelli is Skelton Knaggs, a nod to another character actor from genre films of the 40s. (Look, also, for the name "Michael Terence Ripper" in a ledger.) Finch is okay, no more, as the human antagonist. Allison Mackie, Joyners' cousin, gets to have some fun as one of the baddies. Paul Mantee is very good as the local priest. The less said about Adams, the better.

Decent music by Jim Manzie and a short running time (just over 77 minutes) help to keep this from being particularly painful, but if one wants a Lovecraft fix, they can do so much better.

Four out of 10.

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