There’s a lot of good ingredients here, from strange cultish rituals, folk horror and the appeal of the rural south but ultimately it doesn’t really deliver. Which is a shame. It’s partly the mixed acting quality, the overtly epic score and a plot that isn’t fully fleshed. Unfortunately it sounds like they kept trying over the next 8(?) movies and still failed to deliver something of substance.
Horror based upon a short story by Stephen King where the director managed to draw out a 10 page short story into a feature film when it should only last 5 minutes. Flat direction with terrible acting and a laughable "scary" monster. Seeing kids with scythes is probably the most eerie shot of the film, but it is hard to care for stupid characters who put themselves countless times in danger for no reason.
Uneven but enjoyable 80´s B-horror movie. The story might be kinda silly and weird and does not make a whole lot of sense really, but if you suspense your disbelief you´ll be alright. Horton and Hamilton are great as the main characters and the kids are suitably creepy. The score is very good and the look and feel is suitably grimy and kinda raw which is a good thing.