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They'll get you in the end.
A young man and his girlfriend move into the man's old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a need to control ancient demons.
Ghoulies is f***ing awful, Designed to cash in on the success of the one year earlier smash hit Gremlins, its a cheesy, campy, 80's PG horror. The best thing about this film is the poster, which would lead you to believe this movie would be awesome, but its not, no fun at all, There's no real plot to this, the ghoulies are hardly in the movie, when they are they don't do fuck all, one of the reason its so damn boring. the acting is awful and can sometimes be amusing, the effects are terrible and look silly. Defiantly a contender for the worst film I have ever seen.
From the poster I was expecting a Gremlins rip off about cute slimey things fucking everyone's shit up but what I got was so much more! I love me a good satanic ritual, man.
Also how much do I love Jack Nance though? A MILLION.
They call me Dick, but you can call me... Dick.
Probably haven't watched this in a good 20 years, so I would have no reason to have noticed this back then because I didn't know who he was, but THIS time I noticed during the opening credits Executive Producer... Charles Band! It's before Full Moon Features even existed, but it's still funny to finally realize that the man who seemed obsessed with making horror films about all things small (Puppet Master, Demonic Toys, Dollman, The Gingerdead Man, ect) was an executive producer on Ghoulies.
It's your old classic story of guy-inherits-satanic-mansion/guy-conjures-up-demonic-muppets. It's as silly as it sounds but it has it's own trashy charm, besides the guy that our…
I grew up not only loving, but idolising the likes of 'Gremlins' and 'Critters'. There was something just so iconic about nasty little monsters, abound just for mischief. There are so many genre peers that were spawned, that I not only missed, yet completely overlooked until the dawn of the Internet, and IMDB. 'Ghoulies' is a film that I had only read about relatively recently, so had treated myself to the duo of films, in the hope that I would unearth a new house favourite for us...
Ghoulies, is not a fantastic film. It is very much something that rode on the coat tails of the success of Gremlins, yet still didn't have the intelligence of it's imitating peers. We…
Film #6 of Hoop-tober 2016
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This was pretty fun. Low budget but good gags. Another Joe Bob Briggs MonsterVision viewing.
A miserably self-serious piece of Charles Band produced schlock that wastes John Carl Buechler's effects and a few striking images on a poorly paced story full of obnoxious characters. Possibly 80s horror at its worst. Say what you will about Wes Craven as a director and producer, during this era he never made anything so dreadfully boring and ugly. There are zero payoffs... not even Jack Nance as a fireball shooting wizard or whatever the hell was supposed to be going on in the climax.
Because I hate myself.
There were a whole lot of weird monster movies in the 80s. Ghoulies is yet another one and it is an extremely dull film that is too campy for its own good. Jonathan (Peter Liapis) summons demons after finding weird occult stuff in his family's mansion; these weird gremlin things which admittedly look pretty creepy.
The script is terrible though and the acting matches it. Everything in this film has been done before and done much better. Gremlins came out the same year and was far more successful. It doesn't work as a comedy either because it's not really funny at all, and the characters are generally quite annoying.
Maybe hardcore fans of these sorts of films will get something out of this, and I normally appreciate odd movies like this, however this did not work for me at all.
I thought that this would be a Gremlins/Critters knock off but I knew better as soon as I saw Charles Band's name appear in the credits. I have seen Demonic Toys and I have seen several Puppet Master movies so I knew what to expect. Bad human acting, bad human script and not enough cool puppet action to satisfy. I was 247% correct. Couldn't tell ya how it ends, fell asleep about an hour in. The sequels will go back on the shelf.
I only actually picked up this Ghoulies two-pack because I had the third film in another set and it felt weird to me just to own the third part of a series, so I didn't have particularly high expectations for it. I've generally enjoyed Charles Band's "monsters must always be two feet tall" movies though and this is no exception - in fact, this is one of the best I've seen yet from that very specific and yet surprisingly colossal sub-sub-sub-genre.
I've heard that this series - and hence Charles Band's entire interest in murderous midget-monsters - was a result of the popularity of Gremlins, but there's not much common ground here. Ghoulies abandons any cute creatures and Christmas vibes…
I first saw Ghoulies when I rented it from Choices Video when I was about 14. I was lured in by the cover and set myself up in the living room. Back then I’d wait for my parents to go to bed and I’d bring my blanket down and sort myself a nest like structure on the floor. I recall being very let down by Ghoulies. I found it a dull experience and felt it didn’t live up to the poster at all. But I never forgot watching it and the feeling it gave me. Watching the film again now, it’s obvious that the feeling the film left me with all theses years is the atmosphere it exudes. You could…
I always remembered the VHS cover from the local Video Shop but never saw the film.
Now having seen it, I wish I still had that same fond memory.
The best thing about this movie is the cover: a green monster with suspenders standing in a toilet. The movie itself is pretty bad.
Best thing: While the ghoulies themselves look very cool, the best thing is the dwarf warrior spirits. In a supposed horror comedy, they were the only ones with any comic timing.
Worst thing: When someone has time to call out "Why?" before toppling to their death down the stairs a second or so later. So dumb!
If this was just plain old creepy it could have been a cool film, but there isn't really much of an atmosphere in this film. The protagonists' friends are pretty boring. Yet on the other hand this isn't really a comedy either. The ghoulies are disgusting and adorable but they pretty much unimportant to the story.
This could have worked but…
Si capisce che è uscito prima dei Gremlins perché invece che ricalcarne una formula facile e stra-vincente si va a infognare in una trama di magia nera e stregoni resuscitati impantanata e poco convinta, in cui i Ghoulies fanno da comprimari. I mostricciattoli valgono comunque il biglietto da soli.
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All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…