“Yes, I’ll sign your petition to reestablish the unfairly neglected “Dr. Cyclops” as a forgotten classic of pulp filmmaking. Is there any way I can give money as well?”
(4th movie in Hooptober Ocho/2021)
Letterboxd claims I saw this one already, but I remember being exhausted that day and falling asleep while watching, so that seems like some shady Letterboxing on behalf of past me.
Anyway, the Alamo was showing this as part of Fantastic Fest, so I decided to rectify that long-ago nap. And I'm glad I did, because I really loved this. Even just the opening before the title was some of the best storytelling I've seen, telling us everything we need…
What if a kid basically had a pet Pinhead, but — unlike the old suburban fantasy films this movie quotes — the family that adopts the monster is deeply dysfunctional and amoral (in the most lovable way)?
My friend Stuart has a small part in this movie, and I take great comfort knowing that the universe somehow saw fit to let him to be in the most Stuart movie ever.