Ghoulies (1984)


[Mike falls over while trying to breakdance] “I think I broke my head.” – Mike

[standing over Mike] “Oh, thank God. I thought that you actually hurt yourself.” – Eddie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After inheriting a secluded mansion, a young couple must deal with demons that live there.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been avoiding seeing ever since it came out 35 years ago since it looked really silly and I’m not at all a fan of films in the horror genre, even when they are more of a comedy horror.

The fact that Troy Anderson of Anderson Vision chose it for next month’s Franchise MOTM at the LAMB made me take the plunge especially since this is the first of the 4 films in the series that I have now committed myself to watching within the next week or so and expect to suffer a lot during the 6 hours I’ll need to dedicate to watching them.

This is truly a terrible film and it comes across as being much too cheesy for its own good.

The plot and story are complete absurd and gut retchingly bad.

The props and special effects are done extremely poorly and on with a low budget that they are laughable and unrealistic.

This film’s only good point is the fact that we get to see Mariska Hargitay in an early role where she gets to run around and scream like a teenager should in these kind of films.

Absolutely nothing in the film makes real sense and I quickly came to the realization that it isn’t even worth trying to understand things because they are done so terribly.

I can completely understand how this is a film (and its franchise) that could get a cult following because it’s so abysmally bad, it could potentially be fun to laugh through the whole thing if you’re the kind of film goer who enjoys that kind of thing (I’m not)

Bottom Line – Terrible film that is much too cheesy than it deserves to be. The story is abysmal and the props and secial effects are quite archaic and look so unrealistic. The only good thing about this film is getting to watch a quick shot of Mariska Hargitay play a screaming teenager.  Nothing in this film makes any sense and it’s all quite silly to even try and understand things.  The cult following of this absurd film makes sense because it’s so bad, some people could plausible enjoy the craziness of it all, but not me…

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The poster for the film featuring a Ghoulie popping out of a toilet reportedly cause several angry mothers to write letters to the studio saying that their kids were too scared to use the bathroom after seeing the poster. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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