The Lamp (1987) Quick Review


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Genre:  Comedy/Horror

Plot:  An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman’s house. They are killed and the lamp is moved to a museum to be studied. The curator’s daughter is soon possessed by the genie and invites her friends to spend the night at the museum, along with some uninvited guests. The genie kills them off in an attempt to fulfill her ultimate wish.


The Lamp (1987), also known as The Outing, is a lesser-known American comedy/horror/parody directed by Tim Daley.

What we liked:

  • Sports some pretty imaginative and hilarious death scenes.
  • Has a definite ‘so bad it’s good’ vibe with goofy characters and an odd storyline.
  • There is tons of awesome artwork associated with this movie.

What we didn’t like:

  • While it adds to the camp feel of the movie, the acting is pretty questionable at times.
  • The effects are very cheesy considering the movie’s decent budget.


Despite its flaws, The Lamp is fast paced and offers plenty of entertainment value.  Strongly recommended for lovers of 80s B movie cheese.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Watch The Lamp trailer:

4 thoughts on “The Lamp (1987) Quick Review

  1. Firstly, love the poster, they just don’t make them like that anymore. Good, concise review, that told me everything I would want to know to determine if I want to see the film. I liked that you specifically mentioned that the movie falls into the, ‘so bad it’s good category.’ If I can find the film on-line, I am interested in watching it.

  2. I’m the opera-singing night watchman, “Guard Bob.” Had fun doing this flick, when I was living in Houston.

    Got to tell you a story.

    I was doing a musical called “Keep Dancing” (I think that was the title) at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven. The night the programs came out, I got a knock on my dressing room door. I open the door and a kid from the chorus says, “Wow, Roy, I just read your bio.” Of course I thought he was going to rave about my long, varied show biz career.

    Instead he says in an excited voice, “I can’t believe it , you were in my least favorite film of all time!”

    I didn’t have to ask him what film he was referring to.

    But he told me anyway.

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