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Ghoulies (1984)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy | Horror  -  2 March 1985 (USA)
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A young man and his girlfriend move into an man's old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a need to control ancient demons.

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A young man and his girlfriend move into an man's old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a need to control ancient demons.

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They'll get you in the end.

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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2 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beasties  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$35,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

According to stories producer Charles Band tells on his Full Moon Horror Road Show, he was tasked to come up with a great campaign to promote the film. During a brainstorming session he came up with the idea to have the Ghoulie popping up from the toilet. The idea was a huge success and the scene was then shot for the film after the fact. See more »

Goofs

During the levitation scene you can see a puppeteer's finger in one of the ghoulie's mouths when they are all screaming. See more »

Quotes

Dick: They call me Dick, but you can call me... Dick.
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Surrender
Written and Performed by Fela Johnson and The Johnsons
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Poor Movie All Around
23 June 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ghoulies (1985)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Lame rip-off of GREMLINS has a man moving into an old mansion where he eventually decides to bring out the title creatures who of course go on a killing spree. Apparently this thing started off as a higher-budget R-rated horror film but then the budget was slashed and they decided to aim at the kid market. Well, this here was obviously a mistake because what remains in the film is a semi-horror film that's too tame to go all the way yet at the same time there's really nothing here that would appeal to children. I think the producers forgot that they were trying to aim this at kids and instead us poor viewers were left to suffer. The story itself is a pretty silly one that takes way too long to get going. At just 82-minutes this film seems twice as long and this might be due to the fact that the actual ghoulies don't appear until around the forty-minute mark. Even when they do arrive they don't exactly bring any excitement with them as they're just not scary enough to have any impact. A lot of the violence is also off screen so gore fans aren't going to get any of that here. Even worse is that there are a couple sexual scenes here that have been toned down and in this condition they just really don't serve any purpose to the film. Of course, in a R-rated film they might have at least been used just to show off some cheap nudity. The performances are pretty much what you'd expect from a film like this. John Carl Buechler does a fine job with the special effects but sadly they're not used nearly enough. GHOULIES might appeal to those who enjoy bad 80s movies but the rest should just stay clear.


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