release year:1981 genre:horror viewing setting:home VHS, 10/4/00 what I expected:wasn't sure what I got:pretty good suspenseful and entertaining monster movie
synopsis:The Silver City mine shaft has been sealed since 1953, and when some miners re-open it, they find out why.
impressions:Pretty good. It was spooky, mostly by suggesting rather than showing the monsters. It had a tight story that moved along fairly well, without trying to be too complicated or contrived. The script was good, too - some of the characters had lines that made me laugh, for real (as opposed to laughing because they were corny.) A few minor problems: some scenes were so dark that I couldn't tell what was going on, less-than-stellar full-body monster effects. As I said, minor problems; this is a worthy monster movie.
acting:Good enough - and there were some genuinely funny moments. Also, any time I actually sit there and hope that two characters don't get killed, that says something.
body count:7, plus 1 poodle.
final word:Average but well-done horror movie, worth seeing.
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