The Lamp aka The Outing – USA, 1986 – reviews


‘Don’t say see you later… Say goodbye’

The Lamp is a 1986 American horror film that was re-edited and shortened, then re-titled The Outing. The picture was written and produced by Warren Chaney, directed by Tom Daley, and stars Deborah Winters and James Huston.

The original, The Lamp had a long distribution period in Europe, Asia and other overseas’ markets. The edited and shortened version, The Outing, was distributed in the United States by The Movie Store (TMS). The USA Network played the movie on a regular basis for several years after its release to television.


An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman’s house. They are killed and the lamp is moved to a museum to be studied.

The curator’s daughter is soon possessed by the genie and invites her friends to spend the night at the museum, along with some uninvited guests. The genie kills them off in an attempt to fulfil her ultimate wish…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“If I had caught today’s flick The Outing closer to its year of release (1987) late at night on USA’s Saturday Nightmares, I probably would’ve loved it. I was a teenager then, and The Outing perfectly fits the bill for the type of cheesy late-night horror I’d watch on sleepovers. Now that I’m an old woman, however, the sweet 15 minutes at the beginning and the sweet last half hour simply weren’t enough to make up for the dull-ass 45 minutes in the middle.” Final Girl

“The Outing, which opened yesterday in several unfortunate area theaters, is one of the worst horror offerings in some time. It is slow (perhaps “Nod-Outing” would have been a more accurate title), stupid and senseless, and the special effects look as if they were shot on a family’s weekly shopping budget.” Washington Post

Image credits: Wrong Side of the Art!



the outing Babs (Damon Merrill) meets a snake in the bath


One Comment on “The Lamp aka The Outing – USA, 1986 – reviews”

  1. As an entry in the whole whole “1980s teens in peril” genre goes, this aint bad. And trust me, I’m no fan of that genre. Give me this over the wishmaster films any day. Decent amount of sex appeal, gore, and monster action.The bully beatdown was great. The “teens” are a funny mixed bag though in terms of relative ages. Most seem to get by with it, but the bully’s right hand man I take must have flunked high school countless occasions to be there and to be so old? :)

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