Hobgoblins (1988) Movie Review

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Hobgoblins (1988)

1988 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
88 minutes / 1h 28min

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Hobgoblins Plot Synopsis:

A group of hobgoblins, who allow you to live out your fantasies but kill you in the process, escape from a studio vault, and a security guard and his friends must stop them before dawn.

Hobgoblins (1988) Review

Hobgoblins (1988) is an American low-budget indie horror-comedy that is a cult film that was shot in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA and Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA. Director, writer, producer, cinematographer and editor Rick Sloane (Blood Theatre (1984), Babe Watch: Forbidden Parody (1996), Hobgoblins 2 (2009)) knew that he was making a low budget fun movie that would not be taken seriously. I assume he was aware that he was biting off of every goblin movie out there and did not care since he was making it his own by exaggerating the characters stereotypes, made cheap/fake looking monsters and added more humorous aspects. The movie contains sexual suggestions that are hard to notice by younger viewers, violence, minor bad language (damn, sh*t, etc.) and crazy fun for when you do not want to take a movie seriously at all.

Security guard McCreedy (Jeffrey Culver - Payback (1990), Bad Girls from Mars (1990), Terminal Force (1989)) who was showing new guard, Dennis around the abandoned film studio. McCreedy later found the guard dead next to an old film vault entrance and frantically runs away after closing the vault door. We found out why McCreedy was scared of the old vault after he trains new guard named Kevin (Tom Bartlett) who does explore a little too much. Kevin saw the vault one day and opens it which releases McCreedy’s worst nightmares. McCreedy then told us how aliens crashed into the studios many decades ago, and they can somehow tap into humans brains to make their fantasies become deadly realities. McCreedy then said that he locked the aliens in the film vault. The movie begins when Kevin open the vault and release the little hairy demonic looking creatures that can be seen as cute for a few seconds. Hobgoblins now focus on Kevin and his friends as the creatures found where he is living, and Kevin and his friends now have to suffer the goblins mind controlling abilities.

The set design could have been better because the potential of it being better can be seen but was not put into effect. Almost all of the creatures looks like scary toys that you might find kids playing with today, but I tried to keep in mind while viewing this film that it was made in the late 1980s. The creatures/goblins look scary, gross and cute all at the same time - not sure what zone I was in to have so many mixed feelings about this film. Hobgoblins display unknown characters that truthfully was not good at acting and the special effects were terrible along with comedy but for some bizarre reason, I had fun watching this movie. Hobgoblins was a cliche to other movies, but it had enough of its own material to make it stand out from the rest. With all said, Hobgoblins might not deserve a high score of four, but it made me laugh a great deal although it a had a horrible screenplay and a lot of terrible things going for it.

  • Hobgoblins Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 2.90
  • IMDB: 2.3

About Hobgoblins 1988

Title: Hobgoblins
Year: 1988
Runtime: 88 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.45/5 stars from 9,205 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9,205
MPAA Rating: R
Hobgoblins Cast Starring: Duane Whitaker, Don Barrett, Daran Norris, Ken Abraham, Patrick Dean Bostrom, Mark Hodson, Tamara Clatterbuck, Tony Cisero, Tom Bartlett, Cole Coonce, Paige Sullivan, Patrick Dean, Steven Boggs, Kelley Palmer, Billy Frank, Jeffrey Culver, Kevin Kildow, Kari French, James Mayberry, David Teague, Spit Spingola
Hobgoblins Writers: NA
Hobgoblins Director: Rick Sloane
Production: All Channel Films
Language: English
Country: USA