As a young boy Kevin saw his father go into a homicidal rage and kill his mother before being killed himself by a mysterious force as he hunted Kevin. Something similar happened to his Grandfather as well so now, years later, Kevin wonders if the same thing will happen to him. As people in the small town he polices start to go into unexplained homicidal rages, it looks like it may happen again.
Sean Patrick Flanery (Sheriff Kevin), Brendan Fletcher (Deputy Strauss), Alex Ferris (Mikey), Marisa Coughlan (Dina), Ted Raimi (Father Tulli).
From Tobe Hooper, this was inspired by a classic Bierce short-story and kicks off quite well with a nice spooky beginning. Fast forward 20 or so years and the story picks up again with Kevin as Sheriff of a neighboring small town. At that point the story gets a bit tough to swallow with Kevin limping so bad from his childhood injuries it is hard to believe he could get a job in law enforcement. His uniform fits so badly it is ridiculous, and he seems to not care much about being a cop at all. Not to mention his deputy is completely inept. Luckily we hardly notice as the plot screams forward introducing a bunch of new characters with no development at all before slamming back into the storyline, apparently in an effort to meet the 60 minute deadline. Even so, the story and movie was actually mildly interesting up until the lame special effects showed up.
Acting in this one was seriously lacking quality and energy from everyone. It redeemed itself with some decent gore and BOO moments but they still weren’t enough to overcome the lack of a decent plot or special effects.
Camera work was good other than a couple of spots with flash shots and shaking which got annoying really quick. Sound was about what you would expect from a MOH entry, nothing exciting.
Some foul language, gore, violence, BOO moments but no nudity or sexual references so this one is probably okay for older teens and above.
The Damned Thing is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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