Movie Review: Goblin (2010)

Synopsis: A real estate investor brings his new wife, infant son, teenage daughter and her friend to a small hamlet hoping to close a development deal not realizing the community is terrorized by a goblin that steals young children on Halloween night.

Who's in it? The movie stars Gil Bellows, Tracy Spiridakos, Camille Sullivan, Donnelly Rhodes and Andrew Wheeler.

Review: I came across this film last night, after watching our family movie together, and decided to watch it while waiting for the kids to get ready for bed and my wife (who has been fighting a bad cold) to decide if she wanted to stay up with me or go to bed early.

We have seen this movie once before. But, it was quite a while ago and I couldn't remember that much about the film. However, based mostly on the cast of lesser-known actors, I honestly wasn't expecting it to be that good. As it turns out, while it definitely wasn't the best horror movie I've ever seen, it did turn out to be better than I remember.

The overall plot of this movie, admittedly, is a bit weak and relies heavily on believing a whole community of people would choose to live in terror for generations rather than simply abandoning the town and moving elsewhere. But, despite that, there were some redeeming qualities about it too.

One thing, in particular, I found I liked was the goblin. Sure, there were times when it reminded me of the creatures in the film Ghoulies. But, it pulled off the menacing part relatively well, especially when it was walking around in that black robe.

I wasn't a big fan of the teenage daughter (Spiridakos), mostly because she seemed awfully whiny for a 17-year-old. Yes, I get it, she lost her mom, her dad remarried and now she's stuck helping take care of an infant half brother. But, her constant complaining was becoming a bit much.

I'm also a little confused about why the goblin (Roy Campsall) felt the need to hunt down and kill everyone rather than just focusing on getting to its primary objective, the child. It would be one thing if they were trying to protect the infant but, in most cases, it just seemed to be going out of its way to kill someone at random. I know this is probably a minor thing. But, considering it can only hunt on Halloween, you would think it would want to make the best use of its time.

Final Opinion: It's not a great film. But, it did prove to be entertaining and is worth watching at least once.

My Grade: B


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