Massacre Video presents HACK-O-LANTERN – Fri, Oct. 9 @ 7:45p
(w/ cast & filmmakers in attendance!)
THE UNSUNG APEX OF HEAVY METAL HORROR! Young Tommy is visited by his grandfather (Hy Pyke), a devil-worshipping pumpkin salesman who hands him a mystical amulet. Fifteen years later, the boy has grown into a rock-obsessed junior hellmaster, still under the thumb of his oppressive, occult grandpap. Tommy’s misanthropic individuality is illustrated by a distaste for shirts, a pickled fetus shrine, and Dio-flavored voodoo hallucinations. Tommy’s all-out war with his family, the townspeople and himself will reach a crescendo when innocents are doomed to Hell-flavored slaughter on Halloween night! Like the best movies of its era, HACK-O-LANTERN is a triumph of limited means. The gore is powerfully presented, the production quality is inexplicably strong and a few of the performances are worthy of some kind of major award; especially from lead Gregory Scott Cummins and camera-lovin’ superham Hy Pyke. The latter was a brilliant, screen-chewing spazz who unleashed similar gumption via small roles in frugal features like SLITHIS and LEMORA: A CHILD’S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL. As the satanic, incest-obsessed Gramps, Pyke is given his first starring role and takes it to an illogical zenith, completing an ideal explosion of ’80s SatanoRage!
Dir. Jag Mundhra, 1988, 35mm, 87 min