The 'Burbs ★★★★½

Well, this was fun! I FINALLY saw this. Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher and a whole gang of fun actors play the residents of a cul-de-sac who suspect their new neighbor might be hiding something sinister in his basement.

Joe Dante directs and that might be the best part. His little touches, the Morricone tune from Once Upon a Time in the West as Hanks and Rick Ducommun approach the porch, the references to Race with the Devil, The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Sentinel, and the very presence of Dick Miller make this film a joyously good time. I didn't find it uproariously funny, but I'll definitely see it again. Joe Dante loves his work and that's fun to watch.