AVCO Embassy Pictures | Release Date: April 10, 1981
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Voodoo123Nov 15, 2021
+Fantastic visual effects
+Excellent story ideas
-Weak screenplay -Terrible pacing I really got a strong xfiles like vibe from watching this (im of course aware how much older this was than that show!). It has a fascinating blend of a
+Fantastic visual effects
+Excellent story ideas
-Weak screenplay
-Terrible pacing

I really got a strong xfiles like vibe from watching this (im of course aware how much older this was than that show!). It has a fascinating blend of a mystery serial killer investigation, a drama exploring the trauma of a journalist who gets too close to her case and a horror story that ties them all together. Sadly the pacing of this movie hasnt aged well and it just never stays slow enough in the horror scenes to be scary, and the cinematography and colour felt garish and basic which took away tension in the dramatic scenes between characters. The potential for this felt massive and watching this i just felt like it was the best it could be for its day and that the distraction of the visual effects behind the scenes got in the way of the storytelling. For anyone who enjoys a horror/mystery/thriller this is a must watch despite its flaws.
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