#34 – Empire of the Dark: May 10, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: Empire of the Dark
"Non-stop action... Steve Barkett isn't going to win any acting awards for sure, but goddamnit, he is entertaining as hell." - Video Junkie
"EMPIRE OF THE DARK is like what would happen if your fat, out-of-shape, middle-aged dad who liked to stand around in the yard on the weekends with his douche friends waving swords at each other ever decided that merely being the embarrassment of the neighbourhood was insufficient when there was a whole home video market he could be humiliating his relatives in." - Monster Hunter
Twenty years after dispatching the cabal of satanists that sacrificed his girlfriend Angela (Tera Hendrickson), and nearly her newborn baby, bounty hunter beefcake Richard Flynn (Steve Barkett) is shocked to learn that the cult's leader Arkham (Godfrey Ho's muse Richard Harrison) has somehow survived and is now linked to a mysterious series of ritual killings perpetrated by what his latest gal-pal and ace-reporter is calling "The Demon Slasher".
Before long, Flynn finds himself teaming up with a hard-boiled cop and an enigmatic young man (played by the director's real-life son Christopher Barkett), as he descends into hell to battle the forces of evil. Unfortunately for Arkham and his minions, Flynn's grown a moustache and has taken fencing lessons; they don't have a prayer.
Empire of the Dark is a deranged passion project in the tradition of Laser Blast Film Society favourites like The Astrologer and Winterbeast. But where writer/director/editor/
Enveloped by an exceedingly melodramatic and non-stop symphonic score, and peppered with delirious optical effects and endearing stop-motion monsters, Empire of the Dark is a trampoline of a movie, repeatedly reaching its ambition before hilariously tumbling down into sublime silliness.
Trailer Edited by Peter Kuplowsky