The Dark Power
Phil Smoot, George B. Walker, Lash La Rue (executive) for New Vision Productions, Triad Motion Pictures
directed by Phil Smoot
starring Lash La Rue, Anna Lane Tatum, Cynthia Bailey, Mary Dalton, Paul Holman, Cynthia Farbman, Marc Matney, Tony Shaw, Robert Bushihead, Suzie Martin, Dean Jones, Steve Templeton, Page Elizabeth Ray, Eric Mikesall, Tony Elwood, Don Dahler, Jeff Johnson, Peter Deane, Ralph Shaw, Janet Harllee, Dave Plyter, Howard Martin, Steve Idol, Sammy Fulp, Cary Wolfe, Barbara Hill, Ray Speight, John G. Wolfe III, Jerry Whittington, Lars Lundgren, Robin Doby, David Hill, Neal Stockton, Stuart Watson, Mighty Joe Coltrane, Jerry Montgomery, Sherwood Jones
written by Phil Smoot, music by Christopher Deane, Matt Kendrick, prosthetic effects by Tony Elwood, Dean Jones
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Since the dorm was full this year, a bunch of girls moved to the House
on Totem Hill, a cheap and well-equipped house a little bit outside of
town that once belonged to a benign Indian mystic (Robert Bushihead).
Thing is, one day, four Toltec warriors (= predecessors of the Aztecs), who have buried themselves on the
premises one thousand years abo, come back to life, and start killing
people - but since Lynn's (Cynthia Farbman) brother Craig (Marc Matney) is
presently partying in the living room with a bunch of friends, it takes
the others awfully long to even notice that something is wrong, so the
revived Toltecs have no problems killing all the house's tenants but Beth
(Anna Lane Tatum) and Tammy (Cynthia Bailey) ... who suddenly find
themselves on the run and don't know what to do.
Enter local ranger
Girard (Lash La Rue), who keeps the Toltecs at bay with his mighty
bullwhip - until he is knocked out by one of them. Then Tammy finds four
mystical blades somewhere in the house, and starts killing the Toltecs ...
and it actually works - until the last of the blades is broken. But by
that time, Girard has regained consciousness, and he uses his bullwhip to
shred the last Toltec to pieces.
Sure, for the most part, The
Dark Power is your typical piece of 1980's teenie horror of the
slasher variety, with lots of bad hairdos, worse dialogue and a few gory
deaths. But there are a few moments that are actually quite charming, like
the clumsy Toltecs hurting each other about as often as they hurt the
teens, like 1940's and 50's B-Western star Lash La Rue in a role
tailormade for him, and like the final bullwhip duel (yes, the Toltec has
a bullwhip as well), in which La Rue uses his trademark bullwhip to cut an
adversary to pieces - literally ... he never did this in his old films
now, did he?
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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