This movie has the kind of plot that could scare the pants off you. A teen zealot is contacted by an evil spirit, pieces together a cult in his hometown, convinces his peer group to kill all the adults in town, then carries out murders and sacrifices to appease "He Who Walks Behind The Rows". I was scared just from the commercials when I was 14. I watched it last night, and it's about as scary as an episode of Friends.
The "outlanders" ruin everything. They are so unmoved by the bizarre situation, it's very difficult to be scared yourself. They hit a boy in the road with a Buick LeSabre, the woman is captured by the kids and crucified, the guy is stabbed in the chest, they confront a supernatural entity, witness a sacrifice & subsequent possession, and set acres of cornfields aflame by pushing gasohol through the irrigation pumps. All the while, they barely hit their target heartrate. They're running around town after someone corns up their car (which has the body of the boy in the trunk), constantly encountering horrible situations. Again, they don't even really break a sweat. At the end of the movie, it's like a sequel to that sled dog movie. They're all giddy talking about adopting the two youngsters who help them out. Even then, a psycho from the church springs from their back seat with a knife. After slamming her across the nose with the car door, they just start laughing again and decide to walk to the next town and adopt the kids.
The best actor in this movie is easily the kid who plays Malachai. He's so evil, it's awesome. That red hair, the bellbottom floods, the teeth, and a voice that sounds like barbed wire. He wants the blood of the outlanders, he overthrows Isaac, he carries a kitchen knife in a hip holster. He's who tormented me in my dreams when I was a kid.
Big ups to Malachai!