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An American Vidiot Presents: “You’ve Never Had a Friend Like Me.”

The Outing VHSThe Out­ing ( a.k.a The Lamp) was made in 1986 and orig­i­nal­ly released on VHS by a dis­trib­u­tor called IVE. It was direct­ed by Tom Daley (his one and only direc­to­r­i­al cred­it) and stars Deb­o­rah Win­ters, James Hus­ton, and Andra St. Ivanyi.

The movie is about a group of friends who sneak into a muse­um after hours. One of the friends, Alex Wal­lace, is the daugh­ter of the muse­um cura­tor. She comes into con­tact with an ancient arti­fact, a mys­te­ri­ous lamp that has been trans­ferred to the muse­um for study, and she inad­ver­tent­ly releas­es a genie.

Alex The Outing

Unfor­tu­nate­ly for her and her friends, this is not the lov­able big blue kind of genie that likes to sing and crack jokes. A pre­cur­sor to Wish­mas­ter, this genie is an evil and sadis­tic djinn that starts killing off the teens one by bloody one, in an attempt to ful­fill Alex’s ulti­mate wish.

This is eas­i­ly one of my favorite hor­ror movies from the ‘80s. The Out­ing is great cheesy fun, and the per­fect film to watch with some friends and enjoy the ridicu­lous­ness. It’s far from a great movie, but that’s sort of what I love about it. For the longest time, this was one of those ‘VHS only’ releas­es that had nev­er enjoyed a DVD release. How­ev­er, in July 2015, this film received a great dou­ble fea­ture blu-ray release by Scream Fac­to­ry, paired with the film The God­send (1980).

For VHS fans like myself, the cov­er art for the orig­i­nal release is not the best and coolest around, but it’s still pret­ty great. It fea­tures these hand drawn char­ac­ters (bare­ly resem­bling the actu­al char­ac­ters in the movie) look­ing scared and scream­ing because of the “ter­ri­fy­ing” genie fea­tured on the top of the cov­er. Which brings me to anoth­er sub­ject…

The Outing DjinnFor pret­ty much the entire movie, the genie him­self isn’t doing the killing. In fact, the only time we get to real­ly see him in his full form is at the very end of the film. But we still get some pret­ty cool kills along the way and a decent body count. We even get an awe­some open­ing scene involv­ing some bur­glars, and I must say it def­i­nite­ly got me exit­ed for the movie. While I don’t want to spoil the movie (even though there is not much to spoil), I will say some of the kills involve a head-chop­ping fan, a tub full of snakes, a killer mum­my, a pos­sessed pool, a invis­i­ble spear-wield­ing mani­ac, and so much more. So I think it goes with­out say­ing that this movie doesn’t shy away from new, unique, and fun kills.

Obvi­ous­ly this isn’t going to be a movie for every­body, but if you love movies like Chop­ping Mall, Wax­work, and C.H.U.D, then you’ll def­i­nite­ly love this one. I guar­an­tee it!


While far from a “great” movie, it’s def­i­nite­ly a must see for any for any fan of 80s hor­ror cheese. It’s got every­thing you could want, includ­ing nudi­ty, a cre­ative and sadis­tic genie, and teenagers get­ting killed in awe­some fash­ion. So, I high­ly rec­om­mend you check it out. But beware…“It’s no pic­nic!”

Rat­ing: 7 Moldy Tapes Out of 10.


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