The movie is pretty run-of-the-mill. It's what you would expect from an 80s horror movie. The characters are cardboard, their wardrobe is amazingly dated, and there seems to be absolutely nothing better to do than to sneak into a Houston museum that doesn't even look like it would be that much fun to sneak in to. I was wondering to myself what these characters would have done had there not been all the excitement of a genie trying to kill them. Sure, they could have had sex in the museum, but what was the point?
I also think I should point out the weird and dark turn the movie randomly takes for no necessary reason at the end of the movie. While Alex's ex-boyfriend has acted deranged so far in the movie by trying to run people off the road to beating up girls and pulling knives out in school fights, he and his henchman randomly decide to gang rape a friend of Alex's towards the end of the movie. Why was this even necessary? It's not that I am against violent acts depicted in movies, but this movie had so far been all camp up until this point. It just felt so out of place. We had already understood the guy was bad and deserved to get what was coming to him, so why even bother? What even happened to the black girl he raped anyway? Maybe I missed it with the extremely quick pace the movie took at the end of the movie, but the last I saw she was just screaming. Did she make it? What about the security guard? I know he shows up again after the credits, but does that mean that he survived or was it just an outtake?
Overall, I'm surprised this movie hasn't had an official DVD release. I'm sure fans of 80s horror would enjoy this if they track it down, but it's no classic. If you enjoyed movies like The Initiation then this is probably a gem worth hunting down.
Of course it didn't have the same pizazz as Wishmaster, or let alone the cast that film had.
But for what it did have to offer there was quite a lot of good to this obscure little film.
The effects were pretty top notch for its feeble story line.
The characters were interesting and quite believable.
Although it was weird to see the teacher in three separate roles, she was the old lady at the beginning and also the gypsy mother int he photograph that the museum guys looked at.
That didn't quite make sense to me.
The plot was a bit messed up, the kids were going to sleep in the museum (or sleep together) and the jealous boyfriend of the main female character was going to wreck all their fun.
The jealous boyfriend was a bit over the top, no more so than the jealous boyfriend form "Intruder" for example.
But still I felt for the acting and lack of back story for his character that it was a bit overdone.
The genie was interesting, and the death scenes were pretty weird but imaginative.
The snakes in the bathtub scene really freaked me out when i first saw it.
It has some great original qualities, and of course some ridiculous cheesiness that makes it awesome to watch just for a good time.
Det finnes dog bestandig noe godt i filmer slik som dette, og "The Lamp" er intet unntak.
Det eneste minuset er at mot midtpartiet blir filmen doergende kjedelig, hvorpaa absolutt ingenting skjer. Dette retter seg heldigvis opp mot slutten av filmen, men skuffelsen henger desverre igjen og reflekterer den noe middelse karakteren.
Absolutt ikke det beste som kom ut av 80-tallet, men ogsaa langt i fra det verste.