Sunday, July 3, 2011

When Gremlins is Too Much...

Munchies (1987)
Dir - Tina Hirsch

Always saw this VHS in video stores but never saw the film. This is a Roger Corman produced film, starring Harvey Korman (Ha!), that takes the idea of films like Gremlins, Ghoulies and Critters but removes what little scary out in favor of some groan inducing humor. Plenty of nods to the other films like the Munchies driving around in a Gremlin, an E.T. spoof and one of the stars was also in Critters to keep the fans hunting for Easter eggs. Don't mistake this as all praise, it is not a very good movie.

Evidently the great Jim Wynorski made a couple of even more family friendly non-sequel sequels, Munchie and Munchie Strikes Back, that have a creepy character voiced by Dom DeLuise who rides around on a flying pizza! I've heard of them but didn't know they were related in any way. They have been added to my to watch list.

FYI - This will kick off my watch/re-watch of many "small creature films" that will mainly be from the Critters and Ghoulies series. I recently acquired all of them and don't think I'e seen the complete works and what few I have it's been since original VHS release - so, around 25 years. Should be fun.

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