As fate and horror biz tropes would have it, that studio has one of those dark pasts that are so popular with the kids these days, as it once was the home to ventriloquist Mr. Jolly (the equally legendary Bill Oberst Jr. who has starred in a literal shit-ton of fright flicks, and was recently seen in Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell), his dummy Handy Dandy (Jake LaMarca on vocal duties), and their children’s program… a program who’s prepubescent studio audience keeps turning up missing.
Well, that shouldn’t be a problem for our heroes as Jolly is long dead, right? Fuckin’ wrong amigo; Jolly is in actuality a 200 year old magician who possessed a host of relics that give him power… and he’s back to rip Steffen and company some new assholes!
Man, Devil’s Junction could have been a by-the-numbers stalk n’ slay affair; and make no mistake, those notes are definitely hit throughout the flicks runtime; but unholy hell does it ever deliver a whole hell of a lot more.
For starters, the acting in this is fantastic with Oberst Jr. absolutely owning his role as the demonic Mr. Jolly, and Moseley turning in another strong performance. Also of note is the acting of our heroes… these folks do a fine job as well, and you actually give a flyin’ fuck if they live or die… and that’s a huge plus in a film such as this!
Also in the plus column is a fun story with a solid lil’ bit of world building with the whole magical relic angle, entertaining twists and turns, and plenty of the ghoulish good stuff us horror hounds crave! There’s also some delightfully goofy elements on display as well… as you’d expect in a film about an evil children’s show host!
If you’re in the mood for a slasher flick that delivers a tongue-in-cheek narrative that brings the laughs and lacerations give Devil’s Junction: Handy Dandy’s Revenge a wicked whirl… I think you’ll have yourself a gruesome good time!