Fiend (1980)

FIEND (1980)
Article 3766 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-24-2011
Posting Date: 12-6-2011
Directed by Don Dohler
Featuring Don Leifert, Richard Nelson, Elaine White
Country: USA
What it is: Low budget regional horror

A man is suspicious of his new neighbor – a creepy violin teacher. What he doesn’t know is that the teacher is actually a resurrected corpse who has to kill to keep his body from decaying…

I’ve encountered director Don Dohler before with THE ALIEN FACTOR. His movies are threadbare and silly, and if you want to pick out examples of bad acting, plot holes, bad special effects, etc., his movies will give you plenty of opportunities. Yet I must admit that I’m charmed somewhat by his movies; though I can’t quite put my finger on it, there’s something rather likable about them. I get the feeling Dohler loved making these movies, and somehow that comes through in the movies themselves. He’s the kind of filmmaker that makes me feel that if he could make a movie, so could I, and that the whole process would be rather fun. And that’s something that really makes his cheap and cheesy films worthwhile.


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