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Hole In The Wall Gang
on 4 February 2017
When some new faces show up for the summer in the sleepy town of Dead River, Maine, local lad, Dan, takes quite a fancy to one of them and so he makes a show of local hospitality.
Casey and her 2 pals are all rich college kids but in spite of this and Dan's best mate taking the hump at being left behind, Dan quickly makes friends with them and hangs out, being more than willing to offer up some local knowledge of stuff to do on account of Dan having the hots for Casey..
However Casey is a law unto herself, and soon her strong willed, fearless, dare-devil personality brings out the worst in Dan and seems certain to get him into trouble.
A day which comes calling after he tells the group of a local legend, a house with a bad past - a house which is now reputedly haunted, and a house which Casey is inevitably drawn to like a moth to a flame...
Hide and Seek is another very decent little horror yarn from the fearsome typewriter of Jack Ketchum, with the story built up into two parts.
The first part - being the establishing of the characters and their individual motivations, and then the second half - wherein the characters go on to play hide and seek in the run-down, 'haunted house', and where all hell breaks loose as they encounter it's subterranean secret.
With eventually Ketchum pulling off a blinder by making you actually care about the characters, in what should ultimately be just another pulp horror splatfest.. The final quarter reading like it's just come from a completely different novel as the violence and bloodshed is ramped right up.
Half way through this I thought I knew where it was going..
I was wrong.
If you've ever seen and enjoyed the excellent, almost forgotten, Barbara Hershey movie 'Last Summer' (1969) then you'll appreciate the opening vibe of this...... That is until the game begins and then it turns into Death Line ('72)!!