Directed by: Stan Winston
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D’Aquino
This is one of only two films that special effects legend Stan Winston directed, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s a classic in the slasher monster horror movie genre. Not only does the monster look fuckin’ sweet, but the classic monster movie formula is really enhanced by a unique character-driven subplot.
Lance Henriksen is a gas station owner in the middle of nowhere who’s young son is killed in a dirtbiking accident caused by some teens passing through the town. Lance gets mad and goes to a witch to get revenge, and she conjures up a crazy scary monster to kill all the teens. The downside is that Lance gets to experience the deaths of all the kids and see through their eyes, as well as feel all the pain the monster feels once they try to fight back. He decides he was in the wrong after all, and tries to save the remaining kids.
Henriksen is really good in this movie, and his part is really the only thing that separates this from being yet another Halloween-type clone. You get your standard monster-chasing-teens action that ends with various slasher movie deaths, but you spend just as much time with the guy responsible for everything as you do the victims, and he’s barely even ever in the same place as them. It’s a really good slasher movie. Also, again, the monster is awesome. Fuckin’ Stan Winston, man.