I've never found the movie all that scary, but it's very colorful and entertaining, and, most importantly, clever, with more emphasis on character and plot than one might expect for a genre picture of the early Eighties.
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My opinion, nearly 33 years after my initial negative encounter with Blood Stalkers? Goofy-looking title creatures aside, it's actually not a bad film for its genre.
Maybe somewhere down the road, this 1991 masterpiece will find its way into the Criterion collection, but, until then, a fella can dream, can't he?
My desire to pursue a career in film criticism ended during high school, when I realized I'd be required to watch a lot of movies that didn't remotely appeal to me. Such an occupation sounded positively awful.
Considering the movie's interweaving of the kid's nightmares and his waking life experiences, blurring the lines between reality and dark fantasy, the filmmakers certainly left it up to individual interpretation.
When I first discovered Sneak Previews in 1980, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert's Dogs Of The Week feature, introduced by Spot The Wonder Dog, quickly became my favorite part of the show.