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Campy, kind of fun pseudo-horror flick that relies too much on tired cliches. Every plot development can be seen coming well in advance.
A bit of a downer, there isn't much Skull Head action, and the overall characters are pretty bland and uninspired. The pacing goes steady, but with little action or scares, the film ends up being a bore that ends in a drag.
The Arkoffs aren't very fond of visitors, and when their teenage daughter allows a trio of thieves posing as movie executives into their beautiful Italian villa, she'll understand why! The thieves get more than they bargained for when the home's protective spirits, known as the Skull Heads, are unleashed upon them! While the plot may sound familiar to the PUPPET MASTER and DEMONIC TOYS fans, the production quality behind Charles Band's recent SKULL HEADS takes a leap forward thanks to the medieval European vibe that is created by the Roman villa. The superior sets call back to the Full Moon greats like CASTLE FREAK and SUBSPECIES. Robin Sydney delivers one of her best performances to date, and comes off with an innocent charm that passes her off perfectly as the teenage Naomi. Steve Kramer and Samantha Light also make for an entertaining pair as the elder Arkoffs, with the classic kind of quirky character humor that was found in HIDEOUS! or HEAD OF THE FAMILY. Really, the titular creatures have a minimal impact on the plot, but the combination of puppetry and computerization that brings them to life works well on screen. Although it has been generally overlooked, SKULL HEADS is a worthy addition to Charles Band's signature line of tiny terrors.
I Like Horror Movies
Nice crazy little film. Not too long, has some good weirdness happening and was a lot different to everything else out there
I Like the Genre , Camp Fun with eeerie overtones. Charlies "Formula" works Don't over think and Just enjoy.
I guess even without the 2 tiny little skullhead things, this movie was a tad disturbing enough. I totally didn't see the 'twist' coming with the parents. Robin Sydney was really amazing here. She plays a slightly mentally challeneged girl and it becomes clear why she's not all there in the end. And her scene in front of the mirror--thank you Robyn! :)
This film has everything you'd expect from a Full Moon film. Locations used in other Full Moon films, little puppet creatures, overacting, and a story that makes you scratch your head more often than not.
Where Skull Heads truly fails is in the fact that the title characters aren't even really in the film. Every once and awhile you'll see a close up of a "Skull Head" or a Skull Head puppet peaks around a corner but they don't do much in the film at all.
Another thing that I found irksome was the acting and the way the characters were portrayed. There didn't seem to be any real reason for the way people were re-acting to things or acting towards people or each other. It was almost like there was a general idea given to the actors but no direction was actually planned for the film to explain the why.
There is some entertainment to the film but it's nothing to write home about.
Full Moon Studios rarely makes a good movie and frequently makes terrible ones; "Skull Heads" manages to split the difference. It will never be anyone's favorite movie but it's got enough camp to deliver more chuckles than shock. Robin Sydney is the star attraction here, chewing the scenery with amazing dexterity, but the rest of the cast isn't bad, either, in an "I'm starring in a horror movie involving puppets" way. Oddly, the monster puppets in this one aren't up to Full Moon's usual standards which aren't that high to begin with, but we don't see too much of them, anyhow.
The Arkoff family, no doubt a tribute to b-flick producer Samuel Arkoff, has isolated itself in a castle for several generations. When three strangers show up and announce that they want to shoot a movie there, the inhumane head of the family is angrily opposed, his mate is ambivalent, and his daughter is all for it. She falls in love with one of the trio, but they're not what they seem and rob the place. We soon learn that the daughter is also her mother's niece and that the castle is guarded by the skull heads -- the spirits of dead Romans entombed in catacombs below the castle. They can shoot some sort of rays out of their eyes that kill people or reanimate dead bodies. This leads to what may be this flick's most original moment: zombie incest. Seriously. I don't recall having ever seen zombie incest in a flick before, so, in a certain sense, "Skull Heads" may mark a historic moment in schlocky horror... though not in a way anybody involved would take pride.
"Skull Heads" is horror fluff, but it has its entertaining moments. One wonders whether Full Moon was having a Mr. Skullhead Good Idea/Bad Idea moment (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8PhzrmBgMI) with this one.
Freaky movie-out of this world But good
Skull Heads is yet another entry from director Charles Band (Puppet Master franchise, Gingerdead Man franchise, Evil Bong franchise, etc) as his infamous Full Moon film company about the peculiar Arkoff family who live in a castle in Italy and shun the rest of society. The father is a madman who?s constantly punishing daughter, played by lead Robyn Sidney (who often shows up in Fool Moon movies, but her best work was in Wicked Lake) who is dimwitted, childish, and slightly unaware of the world outside of the castle (even though she owns an Ipod and cell phone), though she dreams of leaving the castle one day, which to her family is not an option. Soon, big shot producers and a director come to scout the castle for a film location and Sidney is begging for them to stay, much to the disdain of the family, but things aren?t what they seem to be as the visitors are actually robbers. Oh, did I mention there were little, skeleton skull head creatures that roam the castle, smoke the spleef, and can sense evil in a person? Well, there?s really no point to them, nor is there naming the entire movie after them since the Skull Heads are more like an afterthought as they are RARELY (I cannot stress this enough) seen in the film. They scare the robbers a couple of times and that is it! In fact, 99% of the film is having to endure the awful, awful acting in this atrocious sore-spot in Band?s career. The only slightly redeemable moment is Sidney was wise enough to show off her beautiful titties and ass in a small yet effective scene. The rest of this film is utter crap and a sad waste.