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      Hide and Go Shriek

      R Released Nov 1, 1988 1h 30m Horror List
      Reviews 56% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A teenager (Annette Sinclair) talks her boyfriend and three other couples into playing hide-and-seek in a furniture store. Read More Read Less

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      Wyatt J this horror/slasher film isn't the best one to watch if you're a fan of them. I like the idea about teens spending the night in a furniture store to celebrate graduating high school and playing hide and go seek for a horror/slasher film but it just didn't translate to screen well. I had a couple of problems as well with the movie as well 1. To much sex: I can't count how many times the teenager's were horny as fuck. I swear it just seemed like every time they went off and hide one of the couples would have sex. 2. The characters: the characters weren't great. I can say they had potential to be good horror/slasher film characters. They were so bad i gave them nicknames such as knock off Ken and potential porno actress. 3. The scares: the scares aren't even scary. I swear every time they did have a jump scare it didn't scare me and i want to have a good jump scare in a horror/slasher film. In conclusion not the best horror/slasher film to watch if you're a fan of those's types of films. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Without a doubt one of the queerest horror flicks I've ever seen. And I say that in the most positive way. As a gay man and an uber fan of the horror genre it's hard to see myself in most of my favorite horror delights. So I am eternally scavaging the genre for films that appeal to my more colorful side. This late 80s slasher is about a group of friends who decide to spend the night in a furniture warehouse. They wanna party, have sex and play hide and go seek. What starts off as an innocent game soon turns to horror as they discover someone's knocking them off one by one. Besides the main twist the movie is overly homoerotic. The boys are always shirtless talking to close and fawning over eachother. It's almost as if the females are a side note. On a slasher level the movie works. It's fun with some great kills and a solid atmosphere of suspense. And it's the type of movie where the victims are smart enough to band together and fight back. I'm not saying this is high art but for what it is its damn entertaining. It's a trashy little retro slasher that's a criminally underseen hidden gem. 7/10 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Decent slasher film, with an interesting (if not very surprising) twist. It's fun and has some likeable characters, with the exception of one particularly bad actress. But that just adds to the cheesy fun of the whole thing. Worth checking out if you're a slasher fan. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/24/18 Full Review Audience Member A thoroughly mediocre 80s slasher that takes place almost entirely in a furniture store after hours where a group of young people are hanging out, copulating, etc. Hide and Go Shriek (aka Don't Panic) is a pretty tedious piece of cinema that will only interest slasher fans who have seen everything else. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member This is one of those "so bad it's good" movies. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Another bit of nonsensical 80s slasher fare - but one that manages to transcend it's premise to actually be an enjoyable little film by keeping away from some of the genres' clichés. Whilst the plot is only a cigarette-paper away from the likes of 'Intruder', 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' and 'Chopping Mall' it never-the-less manages to create an amount of suspense and tension and even has a bit of a twist ending. The plot revolves around a group of high-school kids celebrating graduation by staging a sleep over in the furniture store owned by the father one of the gang (yes seriously). Having snuck back after closing time they're planning the usual sort of booze and sex filled evening that usually winds up getting you killed (if you're unfortunate to be in a film like this anyway.) What they don't realise is that the store have just hired a live in night watchman who also happens to be a violent ex-con. For some reason the gang decide that rather than concentrating on the sex and booze they should spend most of the evening playing hide and seek in the rather large store. This turns out to be a big mistake as someone starts offing the cast one by one as they sneak around in the dark. Whilst the plot isn't going to win any awards for innovative writing what it does do is subvert some of the genre staples to deliver a diverting if not outstanding flick. Rather than being a lumbering hulk in a mask the killer is a slight, quick guy who dresses in his victims clothes (both male and female) after killing them in order to confuse the remaining kids as they run about the building. Similarly rather than resulting in some sort of climactic confrontation between the killer and the last remaining female cast member, here they are whittled down to a small group who put on a final stand together as they try and outwit their attacker. The direction makes good use of the setting, lots of places to hide amidst all the furniture (they don't want to turn on the lights for fear of getting caught) and keeps the tension running as the killer keeps masquerading as the different characters so that the main protagonists don't know who is alive or dead. There's also a very effective scene in the cargo lift which I'm surprised hasn't been done more often (or maybe it has and I've just not seen it.) It's not a classic by any means (and to be honest I enjoyed both Intruder and Silent Night, Deadly Night considerably more) but it definitely outweighed my expectations and proved a diverting hour and a half. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A teenager (Annette Sinclair) talks her boyfriend and three other couples into playing hide-and-seek in a furniture store.
      Skip Schoolnik
      Michael Kelly
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 1, 1988, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 2, 2021
      1h 30m
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