The Lamp (AKA The Outing) (1987)
starring: Deborah Winters, James Huston and Andra St. Ivanyi
As morning came, the cops cleared up the massacre and the lamp was moved to a nearby museum where Dr. Wallace, the curator, plans to add it to the other oddities displayed. His daughter Alex, who's visiting his museum as a part of her class' field trip (which I find odd seeing they're a little too old for field trips), finds a trinket tuckered with the lamp that puts her under its influence upon wearing it and tricks her friends into staying in the museum overnight for some fun. (Cuz, as we all know, big historical figures and dusty fossils turn on girls!)
Unknowingly staying with them were two racists skinheads who wanted to get revenge on their African American principal by raping his daughter. But just as these groups of sex-hungry kiddies were starting to enjoy themselves, the being in the lamp got released from his bounds again and goes to another killing spree. When Alex is all that's left, she must come face to face against a demon who will stop at nothing to finish everyone off.
Now I'll admit first that the story did sounded interesting; a demonic djinn with a power to make anything come to life with a blood lust to match, or levitate any objects as its murder weapons, released in a museum. What could go wrong?
|My sentiments exactly as well...|
Well, while the story is decent enough to be a fun bodycount-friendly horror-slasher, the execution was a tad complicated to follow.
|...Why I oughta kill these fellers...|
The Lamp is best remembered for its special effects and that alone. If you'e looking for a nasty 80s bodycount film with some fairly okay old-fashioned deaths and giant animatronics being passed as a monster, well, you have this video to rent! May it be a treasure best forgotten or found will be all up to you!
1 male seen dead
1 female dies (cause unknown)
1 male mentioned decapitated, blood splatter seen
1 elderly female axed on the head
1 male forced head first into an axe
1 male torn in half
1 female strangled
1 male lifted to a ceiling fan, shredded
1 male speared on the chest
1 male seen torn in half
1 female attacked by snakes
1 male attacked on the groin by a snake
1 male had his head crushed with a medieval mask, his neck twisted
1 male impaled on the gut by a flying horned tribal mask
1 female killed offscreen
1 male found with jewelries impaled to his face
1 male had his neck bitten open by a revived corpse
1 male found dead