All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
He's a man of peace in a savage land... Suburbia.
When secretive new neighbors move in next door, suburbanite Ray Peterson and his friends let their paranoia get the best of them as they start to suspect the newcomers of evildoings and commence an investigation. But it's hardly how Ray, who much prefers drinking beer, reading his newspaper and watching a ball game on the tube expected to spend his vacation.
Somewhere around the early 90s, Tom Hanks became really boring.
He stopped making comedies and started making 'serious' films. As such, we missed out on him making more films like this and more films where we have to watch him talk to a sodding volleyball for the best part of 2 hours or doing a bad Alec Guinness impression.
Okay, that is been gravely unfair to Hanks and of course he HAS made or been a part of some great films in the 23 years since the release of The 'Burbs. But I can't be the only one who STILL misses the days when you saw his name on a film poster or box and you knew you were in…
I needed this.
On a normal Tuesday. Except I don't work til late. After yet another night put down by the poisonous thoughtloops of my barely contained obsessive-compulsive childish illogical but damn it still consuming fear -- there's nothing like the sunlight on a quiet Tuesday. Work is still far away. Everything just slows down. I can feel the chasm of my fear vibrating away on the edges of the day. But it's easier to keep it there. On the edge.
Because there's something to the sunlight streaming in the window. Something to a marginally clean house and fresh, clean, cold cans of soda. So, to keep the fear out and the hopeful sunlight vibe in, I flip this on.…
This is one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies....I have seen this movie many many times....the first time was a shocking 25 years ago in theaters (I helped it open #1 at the box office). In this one Tom Hanks plays an overstressed suburbanite, who along with his neighbors becomes obsessed with their new neighbors. Yes this movie is silly...but it is a fun movie to watch and is packed with many many in-jokes.
Ten things you might not know about the movie.
1. The script was written and co-produced by Dana Olsen. Olsen appears at the end of the movie as a cop. I first noticed Dana Olsen in the Judd Nelson comedy Making the Grade....but Olsen has not…
Joe Dante's "The 'Burbs" takes a little too much time to get heated up. The film, a comedic look at neighbors' suspicions about a home on their block, ends with a bang but runs the risk of losing its audience as meanders toward its climax. Still, Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, and Carrie Fisher ground the film's early, wandering goofiness, keeping things watchable in its dubious beginning stages.
Starring Hanks as a homeowner who just wants to enjoy some vacation-based laziness, the film revolves around a group of neighbors who become wary of a home in their neighborhood. The rundown property could be home to all manner of depraved activity, and the neighbors decide an investigation is in order. The story…
Here's the thing with The 'Burbs, it's a dark comedy movie that is fun to watch throughout and even has some suspenseful and thrilling scenes in it. I'm thinking that everyone has a certain story like this, you live on a street and there's that one neighbour that is either strange or just bad. That is what this is based around, Tom Hanks plays a husband who lives in a cul-de-sac and gets along with all his neighbours. But for the past month the new people who have moved in next door to him have been making strange noises, there's been lights flashing from their basement and they don't talk to anyone. What happens next is hilarious as Tom Hanks…
If you ever catch yourself thinking, "What the hell else did Rick Ducommun do?" and go searching for him on YouTube, don't.
In all probability you'll find this and will wish, like I did, that you had remained blissfully ignorant of his 'career' outside The 'Burbs.
Fortunately, there's still tons of other great stuff in The 'Burbs, easily one of my favourite comedy films of all time, to make you forget that aberration. Tom Hanks' tantrum at the end and putting himself on a gurney in the ambulance made me sad all over again that we lost that Hanks a long time ago but it's still absolutely hilarious.
Not as hilarious as Bruce Dern, who I suggested on Twitter last night could be the greatest man alive, threatening to staple a dog's arse shut and hitting the Klopeks with a lawsuit after he aids Hanks in blowing up their house. The 'Burbs is just the best.
Joyously, uproariously, ridiculously silly.
Joe Dante's satirical take on suburbia explores the lives of residents in a quiet cul-de-sac and their knee-jerk reaction to new neighbours who are contrary to the norm. Darkly comedic and often slapstick in style, antics of the film's colourful characters are hilariously memorable and a fitting contrast to Tom Hanks as the more sensible lead protagonist, lead astray by his peers. Parodies of genre clichés give the film an overall dramatic edge during scenes of a questionable nature, further cementing this obscure piece into the annals of cult cinema.
It was last year when I first heard about "The 'Burbs". My father brought it up, saying he and my mother both hated the film the first time they saw it. Years down the line, it would play over and over on TV, and they loved it. Their humor had changed in some ways. I think they could see parts of themselves in the film, now that they lived in suburbia. Finally got around to seeing it myself, and it's wonderful. The film bases itself in campy and doesn't ease up. It's ridiculous, yet a great watch.
What a fun film. It's got the guy that sounds like Woody in it.
"That's not the dog, Art."
[Format: BD] Lovely looking Arrow steelbook BD. Film is as good as ever. Holds up well to (many) repeated viewings.
"It came with the frame..." - Hans Klopek.
This is a film I grew up watching (it seemed to be on BBC1 late in the evening, every other Saturday night in the '90s) so it's super difficult to not give such a personally nostalgic film a higher rating. Additionally, the notion of the dark, creepy, disputably inhabited house for every street is just so ubiquitously universal.
But, from a logical standpoint, this film does end all wrong; the conclusion is clearly pandering to the box-office, audience expectations and studio execs by alleviating the heroes of their incessant snooping and general stupidity (which Joe Dante himself regrets).
That said, I can still cope with the ending, hence, The 'Burbs is still the Joe Dante film which I come back to the most. It also features some of the best social satire the '80s gave us. An understated classic of it's time.
2nd best Tom Hanks movie. After The Terminal.
One whole star for Carrie Fisher and no stars for anyone or anything else
More than 1200 movies of pure 80's horror!
When I created this list, I didn't remember to add the…
A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.