Roberta Findlay emerged out of porn films where the camera is basically focused on people humping and not much is required in terms of directorial style. This clearly ran aground when she tried to apply it to the horror genre, which requires far more than that in the way of style. Findlay demonstrates a technical competence in what she does but Lurkers remains painfully dull and uneventful for the bulk of its running time. The actors, none of whom have ever been heard of again, feel as though they are barely one step above amateurs. Everything is run over by a cheap-sounding 1980s synth score.
The other complaint I would make is that the script consists of the occasional apparition, the strange figure lurking and flashbacks to the heroines traumatic experience with a bunch of cruel and malicious girls who tried to kill her when she was a child. Yet in all of this, the central menace remains undefined. In another horror film, there would almost certainly be a connection to some unresolved issue or entity that is coming back to haunt her but we go through almost three-quarters of the film trying to figure out why anything is happening. The rest seems to be Findlay and her crew straining to create atmosphere out of nothing much at all happening the perfect example of this being an extended scene where Christine Moore is waiting to go into the party and for no particular reason is pursued through the streets by a maniac.
Lurkers almost pulls itself together in about the last twenty minutes after Christine Moore goes into the party. Here Roberta Findlay creates a decadent atmosphere that seems to be harkening back to her porn days (albeit more mildly) with her opening doors into people engaged in threesomes, lesbian scenes, S&M, a crucifixion, as well as a man being beaten up for a deal gone wrong. [PLOT SPOILERS] The film then produces an interesting twist that has been blatantly borrowed from The Sentinel (1977) of a woman in a haunted-seeming apartment building who discovers that this is a gateway to Hell and that all of the strange and perverse tenants are damned souls. It is an interesting twist, although one that fails to justify an entirely dull lead-up.
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