People calling a 976 number to get their “horrorscope” get very personal messages and eventually evil powers. This 1988 film, Robert Englund’s directorial debut, is pretty standard 80’s b-movie stuff, complete with a weird plot, stereotypical teenagers, and really bad special effects. Stephen Geoffreys (Evil Ed from Fright Night) is a perfect choice for Hoax, the lead character. Geoffreys almost brings back Evil Ed in the performance, playing a similar, but nerdier, character.
If you are into hot 80’s rebel chicks, you will find some liking in this film. It’s also interesting to note that Darren Burrows of Northern Exposure fame made his film debut here. And, as a fan of The Wonder Years, I was happy to see Robert Picardo make an appearance here in a role MUCH different than Cutlip. The dialogue is pretty lousy and the fight scene in the bathroom is Ed Wood bad. The plot is terrible--the acting, for the most part, is equally as bad. Still, there is some weird charm to this movie that keeps you interested up to the awful ending. If you dig bad 80’s horror, this one’s for you. If not, skip it.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 5