Friday, September 2, 2011

Hobgoblins (1988)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (1.7).

I recently watched the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of this.  It certainly wasn't a good film by any stretch of the imagination — it's pretty much a blatant me-too of Gremlins, except with a crap plot, shoddy acting, and a very visible small budget.  And yet... at worst it was mediocre or affably bad, not quite bad enough to fall into So Bad It's Good territory.  Most MST3K-treatment movies are so intolerably bad that they can only be enjoyed by wallowing in schadenfreude and watching someone else suffer their awfulness, but watching Mike and the Bots squirm at this seemed contrived.  That said: the film is crap, you wouldn't want to watch it for its own sake.  On the other hand, if you want to watch someone squirm at an actual bad movie, go watch the MST3K of Manos, or Nostalgia Critic's review of The Star Wars Holiday Special.  Score: 1 star out of 4.

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