This movie is messed up. Seriously. The first time I watched it, the old ratty VHS I rented fuzzed out at the end and there were no end credits, so I freaked out thinking "shit,what if this movie is real?" It's THAT kind of movie. Exactly what a scary movie should be.
The premise of this movie is weird right from the start. A famous horror writer (Sutter Cane) has disappeared before turning in his latest manuscript. His publishing company wants their property, so they hire someone to find Cane. Sam Neill starts having weird visions and hallucinations, but he acts like these aren't any big deal and continues with his mission to find Cane. He discovers that Cane is probably in this small town that isn't found on any map, but he finds a map hidden in the designs on the front covers of Cane's books and, along with a lady from the publishing company, sets out to drive to this mysterious town, "Hobb's End," and find Sutter Cane. Weird, gruesome, and grisly happenings ensue and then things get REALLY weird and soon we're not sure what's true and what isn't. This continues through the end of the film.
The acting here isn't bad. I mean, everything is a bit over-the-top, but that adds to the eerie air of unreality that permeates the movie. There is plenty if ickiness and gore, and things get so damn WEIRD that it's hard at times to piece together what's even happening. I don't really mind that, though, because I enjoy a good mindfuck, and this one is a lot of fun.