Sunday, November 13, 2005

Crypt of Dark Secrets (1976)

Possibly the most surprising thing about this Louisiana-based horror obscurity is how relatively competent it is. Granted, the acting is awful and it's badly paced and the editing isn't so hot, but the filmmaking technique itself is at least passable. The camera always seems to be in the right place, the director looks like he might know something about building atmosphere and using local color, and there's even a couple nicely composed shots. This, of course, means that this film is no fun at all. It's silly, yes, and a couple chuckles can be had at the terrible non-professionals in front of the camera, but mostly it's just doggedly dull. Such is the lot of the B-movie viewer -- a director gets a couple things right by accident and it ruins the viewing experience. Oh well, what the hell.

Grade: C-


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