As a kid I didn't know what it was about this movie that kept me interested. No matter when it came on TV, I tuned in despite seeing it hundreds of times. The movie went straight to video in 1988 and was panned by nearly every critic known to man. It's a bad film but to me, a very enjoyable one.
The plot is simple enough. A stressed out writer named Marie Adams (Romy Windsor) is having hallucinations and nightmares about a creepy wide-eyed nun and a wolf-like creature. (Random pairing, I know). Under the advice of her doctor, she and her husband Richard retreat to a cottage in the small, isolated town of Drago to clear her mind for a few weeks. The few people in the town are strange. There's the sheriff, who walks and acts as if there's a stick up his ass. Next, there's local store owners Mr. and Mrs. Ormstead. (The latter is a little too proud of her role as the town gossip). There's also Eleanor, (Lamya Derval) a strange but flirty and attractive artist. Early in the film we also meet Marie's agent Tom, whom Marie is having an affair with. (Gasp!!) Naturally, Richard is disapproving of Tom, especially when Marie tried to insist that he sleep over. Apparently Richard isn't into threesomes.
A former nun and fan of Marie named Janice (Susanne Severeid) shows up unannounced at the cottage. Apparently the mute nun with huge eyes that Marie had been sexually fantasizing about was actually a fellow nun and friend of Janice. (OK, so Marie wasn't sexually fantasizing about the nun. It's not that kind of movie. LOL!!! But, she was haunted by her. That's the truth).
The nun, Sister Ruth, disappeared from the convent and was found in Drago by the Sheriff. She was out of her mind and ill, muttering the words, "We're all in fear." Huh, so I guess she could talk. But anyway, Sister Ruth starved herself to death. Janice renounced her Nunship (is that a word?) and went to Drago to find out what happened to her fallen wide-eyed friend.
Now, this happens midway through the film and the werewolf that mauls them isn't even shown. Blood and gore is kept to a minimum. What's worse? This werewolf attack happens during broad daylight! Everyone knows werewolves are nocturnal and controlled by the full moon. So what gives? The filmmakers are breaking serious tradition here. I guess they figured they could get away with it because the howling creatures aren't confirmed to be werewolves just yet in the film.
Anyway, things keep progressing and eventually the mysteries behind the town, the ghosts, and Sister Ruth are all explained. I don't want to provide too many spoilers but I'll list some of the pros and cons of the film.
Cheesy 1980s' Music
In the end the film is unintentionally funny but it tried to be horror. That's something I appreciate. It's OK to combine horror and comedy sometimes but today it has become a trend and true horror is increasingly becoming a lost art.
Cheesy, Dimwitted, Idiot Characters
I'm not finished ranting on Richard yet. Throughout the whole film, he has this murderous stare in his eyes. (Yes, the same stare he has in the picture above). He's so wooden and quiet. Every time I watch the movie I expect him to suddenly stab Marie to death yelling, "Die you stupid, stupid bitch!" But it never happens.
Marie is likable but not the brightest crayon in the box. When a stranger appears on her doorstep saying she's a fan, Marie invites her in for coffee without hesitation! Fans can be creepy and dangerous. Did Marie not learn anything from the tragic death of John Lennon? (sighs) The two lead characters have their misgivings, but the whispery townspeople do have a reserved creepiness about them. They are clearly withholding information from Marie. Are they murderers? Werewolves? Ghosts? Vampires? The suspense works and is a big part of the pacing, which I'll get to now.