Ghoulies (1985)

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A young man and his girlfriend move into an old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a desire to control ancient demons. --IMDb
Peter Liapis
Peter Liapis
Lisa Pelikan
Lisa Pelikan
Michael Des Barres
Michael Des Barres
Jack Nance
Jack Nance
Peter Risch
Peter Risch
Review by bluemeanie
Added: April 14, 2007
How many times did I watch this film as a kid? I couldn't count them on all my fingers and toes. "Ghoulies" was one of those moderately successful 1980's franchises, like "Puppet Master" and "Critters", that spawned an unholy amount of sequels, even though none of the films ever really performed that strongly. An odd fact is that this film was very low budget and only cost $1 million to produce, and would go on to earn $35 million through ticket sales and video rentals -- now, that's a lot of profit, even if it did take a few years to get there. Maybe that is why the "Ghoulies" films were pumped out, one after the other, left and right. Nevertheless, "Ghoulies" is a classic 1980's horror film, a fun and entertaining ride that blends horror and comedy, and a definite experience.

When Jonathan (Peter Liapis) and Rebecca (Lisa Pelikan) move into an old mansion that was inherited from one of John's relatives, they find ancient spell books and old robes and other items that seem a little sinister. Before long, old Jonathan is conjuring up demons, also known as 'Ghoulies', for the sake of the film's title. And, oh yes, they come up out of the regular household toilet. Soon, they're both in on the act and making the demons do their dirty work, i.e. killing all their friends and causing non-stop hysteria everywhere they go. But, these demons know how to party, and their sense of humor is akin to "Gremlins" or "Critters". Now, how can you go wrong with a plot like that? "Ghoulies" takes everything that made the 80's so great and crams it into ninety minutes of camp.

Reading this review, you might not know exactly which film I am talking about. There were so many that fit this same description, like "Critters" and "Troll" and "The Gate" and numerous others. These are the little demons who look green and shiny and crawl out of the toilet -- you shouldn't require any more description. This film also had the coolest poster ever, with one of the Ghoulies crawling out of the toilet and the tagline -- "They'll get you in the end." I have looked for this poster everywhere and cannot find it. I want it. I crave it. "Ghoulies" is a good film. It's fun. It's funny. It's not really that scary, but I don't know that it is supposed to be. If you haven't seen it, you can certainly find it on VHS somewhere for $1.00. If you remember it and love it as much as I do, then you might already own it, like I do. If not, hop on the f'ing train and take it like a man. 8/10.
grain of sand #1: grain of sand - added 04/16/2007, 03:51 PM
I loved this movie and some of its sequels, despite how bad some of those were.
Ginose #2: Ginose - added 04/20/2007, 10:23 PM
Fantastic, somebody besides me appreciates this film. This is probablly my favorite "Little Monster" movie series (yes... this is better than "Gremilins" and "Critters" to me), although it's sequal was far superior this is still a tremendously amusing mini-budget from classic Full Moon.
Chad #3: Chad - added 05/07/2007, 06:53 AM
It certainly is campy. I couldn't count how many laughs I got out of it, but I do know that most of them didn't come as a result of scenes that were supposed to be funny. Nevertheless, it's a nice little piece of cheese. 6/10.
Crispy #4: Crispy - added 08/18/2012, 05:14 AM
It's nowhere near as good as Gremlins or Critters, and you're an idiot for thinking so. This was just okay. Everything was random; we brought in these little creatures and midgets to do what exactly? This is about a 45 minute story stretched out to a feature length film.
Ginose #5: Ginose - added 08/19/2012, 09:28 PM
Fuck off. I liked it better then and I like it better now. It's not exactly as functional (or good) as "Gremlins", but I argue its tone and plot are considerably better managed than "Critters", which has just as many inane plot-points that are just less amusing. There's not much plot-worth between either, but if this movie were called something other than "Ghoulies" it'd still be put next to "Night of the Demons" and any other demonic haunted-house movie from the era. The only difference is this one marketed its puppets as the main focus of the film.
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