Updated: Sep 5, 2022
There is a lot to love about this horror sci-fi. Its truely impressive what they were able to do with such a small budget. (30,000$) It is unpredictable fun throughout the entire film. This film is directed by Don Coscarelli. He will go on to direct the next four of the francise. It stars Michael Baldwin as the lead, the youngest of three brothers, (the oldest brother is killed in the opening scene) who has some of the best stocking skills you will ever see. He also happens to be a talented mechanic and too nosey for his own good. He sees the local mortician lift a casket into a hearse by himself. This is "the tall man" played by Angus Scrimm. He is an effectively menacing presence. The brothers and their friend Reggie investigate the strange activity.
The effects are practical and hold up well today. There is a scene with a fly that does not age well but does add to the unpredictable nature of this film.There is a floating sphere that can get a little gory but is a unique weapon. You never know what's around the next corner. The characters are all very likable and have good chemistry. I really like the scene with the fortune teller and her granddaughter, what are they smiling about after mike leaves? This film is so entertaining I give it an 8 out 10. It is a good horror film for anyone that likes science fiction or can appreciate ambiguity. It's fun and has moderate violence. I would recommend it to anyone who has not already seen it.