Always unlocks beyond RLStine nostalgia
It all goes downhill after the opening credits. The shitty casting. The almost-there foreboding mood. Mind you, PoD contains one of the most tightly edited and engrossing titles sequences that come to mind. It’s essentially a prologue and cast of characters set to a typically awesome Howarth-ian soundtrack.
To be totally honest: the Dennis Dun/Victor Wong era of Carpenter’s career is my personal low point. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly why but when JC branches out into creating more fully realized worlds, he loses me.