->'''[=McCreedy=]:''' There's been an accident at the studio...\\
'''Crow:''' We made ''Hobgoblins''!
-->-- ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''

Slightly dorky [[TheEveryman Everyman]] Kevin gets a job as a security guard at an abandoned film studio mostly to impress his cold and domineering girlfriend Amy. One night, he chases a burglar into an old film vault which his boss, [=McCreedy=], warned him not to enter. By doing so he releases the titular hobgoblins, little furry aliens who have the power to [[LotusEaterMachine make any person's deepest fantasies come true]] and then use those fantasies to kill said person. Kevin, along with the help of WellExcuseMePrincess Amy, the slutty Daphne, Daphne's obnoxious Army boyfriend Nick and phone sex obsessed dork Kyle, sets out to capture the hobgoblins before it is too late.

''Hobgoblins'' is a movie that has to be seen to be believed. The haircuts, fashions and generic music showcase most of what was wrong with [[TheEighties the '80s]]. The plot is completely uninspired, the monsters are [[FollowTheLeader blatantly ripped off]] from ''Film/{{Gremlins}},'' the [[SpecialEffectsFailure "special effects"]] are completely atrocious and the soundtrack contains one of the most incomprehensible--''and'' catchy--songs ever "sung" (which, despite this, the movie actually ''grinds to a hard stop'' to show the band performing said song in its entirety).

This movie is probably best known for being featured on a particularly memorable episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Rick Sloane, the movie's director, actually ''requested'' that the film be featured on the show. Despite this, Sloane and his film suffered some of the harshest riffing that the show ever dished out. Series writer Paul Chaplin commented that the film "[shot] right to the top of the list of the worst movies [they had] ever done". Nonetheless, the choice of this film led to the creation of an episode that many fans of the show consider to be one of the best.

Sloane would later be known as the writer/director of the equally low-budget and ineptly-made ''Film/ViceAcademy'' series of films which were a ratings hit for the Creator/USANetwork.

For more information on that episode see ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E07Hobgoblins here]]''.

And twenty years later, Rick Sloane ''made a sequel''. [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0962728/ Yes, really.]] To this day, it is the only film ever covered on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' that had a sequel released after it was featured on the show.

* UsefulNotes/TheEighties: Oh yes...
--> '''Mike''': ''(singing)'' "It's the 80s, do a lot of coke and vote for UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan."
* ActionGirl: Daphne is the closest thing to this. For a horrible, irritating person, she does manage to directly dispatch a few Hobgoblins and actually shows some intelligence by getting wise to one of their "fantasies" [[spoiler: (Blowing up the fantasy-military Sargent in the process)]].
* AffectionateParody: The movie was clearly meant to parody ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', ''Film/{{Ghoulies}}'' and other 80s little monsters movies. However, it is so unfunny that the result is that it is utterly terrible.
* AllForNothing: The entire section of the movie in which the main characters try to chase down and catch the Hobgoblins turns out to be pointless since the Hobgoblins end up returning to the movie studio on their own.
* AllWomenArePrudes: Amy in the first half of the film. Though certainly averted with Daphne.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Nick salutes his sergeant, and apparently didn't get a regulation haircut at boot camp. Honestly, just about everything with Nick qualifies.
-->'''Servo:''' (After witnessing Nick retrieve a grenade from his van) "So, the army just hands out grenades, huh?"
* AscendedMeme: The trailer for ''Hobgoblins 2'' contains a cover of the "Hobgoblins" song Mike & The Bots sing.
* AutoErotica: With a side order of {{Squick}}. Nothing happens in the car, mind you, it's just that the fantasy-woman is rather trashy, husky/nasally-voiced and repulsive.
** That earlier bit with the van, on the other hand...
* {{Badbutt}}: The Hobgoblins are built up as a threat, but only kill a single person in the whole movie. Nick comes off as this at several points.
* BadGuyBar: Club Scum, though once we see the interior we learn it's an InformedAttribute.
* BeAWhoreToGetYourMan: Double subversion -- Kevin tries to stop Amy from doing anything she'd regret, but he ''is'' pleased with the new direction their relationship takes by the film's end.
* BeehiveHairdo: One of the girls at Club Scum.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The hobgoblins purposefully corrupt their victims' fantasies to kill them.
* BigDamnHeroes: [=McCreedy=] rescuing Kevin at the end.
* BroomstickQuarterstaff: "I can teach you all about hand-to-hand combat!"
* CampStraight: Kyle. According to Sloane, actor Steven Boggs is even ''more'' flamboyant in RealLife.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Out of all the places the Hobgoblins could go after achieving freedom for the first time in decades, they just happen to go to a house occupied by Kevin's friends.
* CovertPervert: Amy.
* DeathByFallingOver: Dennis.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Hahahaha... '''you wish.''' It sure does take a while for the title creatures to show up on-screen, and by then you want them to murder the whole cast.
-->'''Mike:''' "Ah, Hobgoblins, four hours in."
* DisneyDeath: Nick, who gets [[ManOnFire set on fire]], but [[MadeOfIron later returns]] looking as if the worst that had happened to him was a bad sunburn. Though did anyone, either watching the movie or in-universe, really even mourn him when he "died?"
** Crow lampshades this, "Nick's a smoking husk right now, he wouldn't mind if we take his van!"
* DontComeAKnockin
* DrillSergeantNasty: Appears as part of Nick's "fantasy." He starts randomly chucking grenades around and viciously pointing a submachine gun at his surroundings (though never actually firing it-- perhaps fake explosions were cheaper than a prop gun that could fire blanks?)
* DullSurprise: The patrons at Club Scum aren't exactly frightened of the hobgoblins suddenly popping up.
-->'''Servo:''' ''(dully)'' "Ah, hah, oh no."
* {{Expy}}: In one of the film's odder aesthetic choices, Club Scum seems to have borrowed the emcee from ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}''.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** The extra in the Club Scum fight scene who overturns his own table no less than three times.
** Outside of Club Scum, each of them passes their wallets on to the next one in the group for safekeeping. The last guy in line calmly pulls a switchblade and mugs everyone- which may be the only gag in the film that actually resembles comedy.
** Kyle bouncing around all over the place during the impromptu at-home dance party during while Amy & Daphne are arguing outside (Kyle's still in the house & you see him goofing via the window behind the two girls). Crow supplies Creator/JerryLewis noises.
** Daphne & Nick doing the wild thing in the van while Kevin & Amy argue in the foreground....except the "funny" in FunnyBackgroundEvent is a total fail.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
--> '''The Goofy Effete Emcee:''' I'm sorry. The Donkey Mud Wrestlers are supposed to use the ''rear'' entrance.
* InsecuritySystem
-->'''Mike''': Tell me again why they have an elaborate security system but they don't ''lock'' anything.
* IndecipherableLyrics: Iced Chicken? Pig Sticker? Pig Liquor? FISH PICKER! [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0DPvBFqBPg Kiss Kicker '99]] The mysterious lyrics are finally revealed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kspr_19zgl4 here]] (see video description)
* JumpingOnAGrenade: Nick does this during his "fantasy".
* MadeOfPlasticine: Apparently Dennis was killed by attempting to crowdsurf when nobody was actually there to hold him up. His fantasy appears to have been "to perform a rock concert from a really, really tall stage to an empty room," though this may just be the Hobgoblins' use of artistic license, as it's hard to imagine Kyle's fantasy was a slutty woman who would actively try to murder him.
* MakeoutPoint: Called "Reputation Road". It's surprisingly elaborate, with signs to indicate where you should park based on what you plan to do.
* MickeyMousing: Hitting something with a garden implement, such as when fighting with rakes, or killing a hobgoblin with a hoe.
* MildlyMilitary: While minor in the grand scheme of ''gaping'' plot holes this movie has, Nick has an incredible amount of hair for someone a) in the Army and b) just out of boot camp.
** Mike seems to lampshade this, "Time for my hourly shave..."
* TheMockbuster: As noted, the film is an obvious ripoff of ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Epic rake-dueling! With Casio sound effects!
%%* MyGirlIsASlut
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: They're plush-sized furry space creatures that can make your deepest fantasies manifest. They're also incredibly incompetent for monsters. They only manage to kill one guy in the entire film. They even failed to kill one of the main characters!
** And that one guy was in the ColdOpening prologue, for crying out loud!
* {{Parody}}: In this case, it's ''not'' a ParodyRetcon. (The "PLEASE WAIT TIL THE MOVIE COMES TO A COMPLETE STOP" at the very end confirms that this was intended as a parody of little creatures films.)
* ParodyAssistance: Rick Sloane personally gave the film to ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' to riff.
* PlotHole:
** Why is it the Hobgoblins didn't escape from the vault when it was open for several minutes but the second time it was opened they run out in a second?
** Here's another: Why didn't the old man just blow them up immediately after it was clear they were dangerous? Sure, he would've lost his job but he wasn't too old at the time and would easily have gotten another as long as he could cover up the whole "blew up my last job" thing.
** He could at least have ''locked'' the vault. I mean, that's the sole reason for using a vault, isn't it?
** What happened to Dennis's body? Did [=McCreedy=] just leave it to rot in the vault?
** At the end of the movie, the hobgoblins return to the studio on their own, which makes the main characters' pursuit of them them throughout the film completely pointless. They could have just sat around and waiting for the hobgoblins to come back.
* ReallyGetsAround: Daphne. Many jokes are told, many groans are heard.
* ScareChord: Used bizarrely during the rake fight scene.
* SelfParody: The sequel, at least [[TrailersAlwaysLie so it would seem]] from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI8omyZbfeEthe trailer]].
* ShoutOut: To another Rick Sloane film (Yes, he made other stuff. *shudder*). During the flashback, [=McCreedy=] is shown reading some sort of promotional material or script for ''The Visitants.''
* SpeedSex: After the rake fight, Daphne and Nick immediately make for the van for some celebratory sex, and it's seen [[DontComeAKnockin rocking vigorously]] [[FunnyBackgroundEvent while Kevin and Amy argue in the foreground]]. They reemerge after exactly thirty seconds, dressed and none the worse for wear.
* ThanksForTheMammary: Kyle [[{{Squick}} sure looks excited]] as he pins the corsage on Daphne's chest.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Club Scum.
* TitleDrop: During [=McCreedy's=] narration during his flashback sequence, "... out emerged a strange creature... a sort of... ''Hobgoblin''..."
* TooDumbToLive: A list of the characters that aren't too dumb to live would take ''much'' less time to account for.
* TheUnintelligible: The singer who garbles his way through "Kiss Kicker".
* UnfortunateNames: Road Rash. ''Road Rash''.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Turning off the lights is enough to subdue to Hobgoblins, as old man [=McCreedy=] explains that they're attracted to bright light. Of course, this doesn't take into account all the times the little buggers are raising havoc in places with no bright ambient light sources, but that's just one of many plot holes in this movie.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Amy. Just watch the "rake fight" sequence.
** '''Crow (as Kevin):''' "ALRIGHT! GRAB A RAKE!"
* WithFriendsLikeThese: It is sort of baffling to wonder how this group of kids came to be friends.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: [[spoiler:Why didn't [=McCreedy=] blow up the hobgoblins' vault in the ''first place''?]] It makes a "bit" more sense in the uncut version, as [=McCreedy=] uses the opportunity to screw his boss over on not being able to file an insurance claim because said boss never believed [=McCreedy=] about the Hobgoblins. Of course, Kevin is almost certainly going to be fired too, but the movie never really addresses that.
** In the sequel, [=McCreedy=] gets thrown into the psychiatric hospital as a consequence of his actions.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: [[FanDisservice And the rest as well, please.]]