Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cameron's Closet (1988)

I don't think that this was an overly popular movie for it's time, but there were a few pretty important people involved in its making.  The score was composed by Harry Manfredini, obviously famous for creating the Friday the 13th music, among other things.  The special effects were done by Carlo Rambaldi, who previously won Oscars for his work on E.T. and Alien.  

Cameron's Closet was one of my favorite movies when I was just getting into the horror genre in junior high.  We would always rewind and replay the machete scene, one of the many fun death scenes in this movie.  Sure, the effects weren't perfect, but I always take the 80s with a grain of salt.  A lot of movies from back then were scarier than the crap they spend millions on now.

Cameron's Closet is about a little boy with telekinetic abilities.  His father is some sort of doctor, and decides to exploit these abilities to test the limits of the human mind.  He partners with another professor, and they conduct a series of experiments involving Cameron.  Unfortunately, they take the experiments a little too far, and unknowingly release a demon into the world.  People start dropping like flies around Cameron and his infamous closet and a detective and psychiatrist get involved.  They're determined to get to the bottom of this case, to save Cameron.  But will they be busy saving themselves?

What is there not to like about this movie?  Decapitations, eye explosions, zombies, people boiling from the inside out, creepy telekinetic kids, and even incestuous zombies.  Cameron's Closet has a nice short running time of less than 90 minutes, and although it starts to drag a little near the end, it's nothing you can't sit through, horror fans.  This one is worth a nostalgic watch.

Where is little Cameron now you may wonder?  He's married and in a band that once opened for the Pussycat Dolls.  He was in I Know My Name is Steven and on Full House.  According to his IMDB picture, he looks exactly the same as an adult.  Cute!

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