31 Days of Horror Part II: Day 14 [Bottom 100 Wednesday] – #24: Hobgoblins (1988)


Director: Rick Sloane

Cast: Tom Bartlett, Paige Sullivan, Steven Boggs, Kelley Palmer, Billy Frank, Daran Norris

Screenplay: Rick Sloane

88 mins. Rated R.

IMDb Bottom 100: #24 (as of 10/14/2015)


Man, I really though Hobgoblins would be better.


In Hobgoblins, from writer/director Rick Sloane (Blood Theatre, Vice Academy Part 6), we meet Kevin (Tom Bartlett), a new night security guard keeping watch over a movie studio containing several forbidden hallways. However, one of the halls leads to a vault which has been opened, and out have spilled dozens little hobgoblins, creature that kill while making you believe that your innermost dreams are coming true. Now, Kevin is off to stop the little creatures from taking over his small town and steal his girlfriend (who doesn’t even appear to actually like him, just a thought).

I kind of thought that Hobgoblins would be better. Not that I don’t get that it isn’t universally enjoyed. I just thought the tiny creature feature would be a bit of hyper-fun. It still was mildly enjoyable for being such an awful movie, but I wanted more.

Firstly, the performances are terrible. None of these actors ever went on to anything worthwhile and there’s a reason for that: they aren’t any good. Now, they play very well to the horrendous tone of the film. I enjoyed watching them struggle throughout the film, especially Steven Boggs who plays Kyle, a phone sex addict.

Rick Sloane has made many films, and Hobgoblins surprisingly isn’t the worst one. But it isn’t very good either. I’m not entirely sure it belongs on this list.


But is it Good?

Not good, no. But it isn’t the worst film you’ll ever see. Just close.


Can it be Fun?

I think the film is mild fun, but I would suggest viewing it in the MST3K edition.


Hobgoblins is one bonkers film. Bonkers in the sense of bad. There’s little more I can say to sway you on this matter.



-Kyle A. Goethe



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