The Lurking Fear (1994)

Written and directed by C. Courtney Joyner, who directed Trancers III and wrote From a Whisper to a ScreamDoctor MordridClass of 1999Prison and Total Excess: How Carolco Changed Hollywood, this film tells the story of Leffert’s Corners, a place that has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades. It’s basically abandoned except for a few hearty souls like a priest and now John Martense, who is in town to put his family’s estate in order. And we all know what happens to people who come to claim inheritances in horror movies.

Joyner was a first-time director, so there was a worry that hiring an actor like David Hemmings would lead to him not being treated well, as Hemmings was also a director. Instead, Jon Finch, who was also in Frenzy and Murder on the Nile, was hired. He did exactly what the production teamed feared and repeatedly clashed with the director and refused to even listen to him say cut.

The rest of the cast is pretty strong with the dependable Jeffrey Combs as a town doctor, Vincent Schiavelli as a mortician and Ashley Laurence as a woman seeking revenge. Plus, it’s also cool to see Paul Mantee in a movie.

For a while, it seemed like H.P. Lovecraft was to Charles Band as Edgar Allan Poe was to Roger Corman. This is another of the many Full Moon films that use a Lovecraft story as an inspiration.

This also was edited down to thirty minutes and used as part of Full Moon’s remix movie Tomb of Terror, where it had the title “Infinite Evil.”

You can watch this on Tubi.

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