Goblin – USA, 1993

‘You won’t believe your eyes… until he rips them from their sockets!’

Goblin is a 1993 American horror feature film directed by Todd Sheets (Clownado; Bonehill Road; House of Forbidden Secrets; et al) from a screenplay co-written with Jerry Angell. The movie stars Mike HellmanBobby Westrick and Charles Monroe.


A newlywed couple move into their new house. What they don’t realize is that the previous owner of the house raised a monstrous creature from the depths of Hell! Now it’s coming back to make up for lost time.

The Goblin, set free from its dark prison within the earth, lays waste to the Missouri countryside, hungry to mangle or kill anything or anyone in its path. The young people, trapped inside the house, are pushed to the nightmarish extremes, forced to retaliate… or become the next victim of… the Goblin!


Luckily, Goblin is less like Sheets’ Zombie Bloodbath and more like his Nightmare Asylum. It’s still derivative, plain, and disorganized. But it could only have escaped from Todd Sheet’s brain, and with his particular set of idiosyncrasies. Other people were making zombie movies in their basements during the early 1990s. No-one else was making a movie that featured a goblin puncturing someone’s eyeball with a power drill…” Joseph A. Ziemba, Bleeding Skull!

“The kills start to feel like an amateurish Toolbox Murders as the killer applies one tool after another to different parts of their bodies, including a drill to the eye, a poker up the butt, and a scythe up the genitals. The disemboweling is gleefully over-the-top but I found myself so bored I was wondering whether they reuse the same bucket of guts for every person or maintain gory hygiene.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

Usual rules don’t really apply to Goblin and films of its ilk–they’re objectively bad by technical standards, but many of them still manage to perfectly accomplish what they set out to do; Goblin isn’t quite one of these, but if you’re the type of person who enjoys a goblin that resembles a shaggy hobo (a “hobogoblin?”) ripping people apart for an hour, you’ll probably have some fun with it.” Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!


Not to be confused with the 2010 TV movie of the same title.

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