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Director:
Writers:
Luca Bercovici (written by) &
Jefery Levy (written by)
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Release Date:
2 March 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They'll get you in the end.
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Luca Bercovici 
 
Writing credits
Luca Bercovici (written by) &
Jefery Levy (written by)

Produced by
Charles Band .... executive producer
Debra Dion .... associate producer
Jefery Levy .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Band 
Shirley Walker 
 
Cinematography by
Mac Ahlberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ted Nicolaou 
 
Casting by
Johanna Ray 
 
Production Design by
Wayne Springfield 
 
Costume Design by
Kathie Clark 
 
Makeup Department
Tina Kline .... contact lens technician
Donn Markel .... assistant makeup artist
Ronnie Specter .... hair stylist (as Ronnie Spector)
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist (as Ronnie Spector)
Judith Fiske Stockley .... contact lens technician
Michael Deak .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Brad Arensman .... executive in charge of post-production
Peter Manoogian .... executive in charge of production
Hugh McCallum .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director
William James Murray Jr. .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard Alsop .... lead man
Sandy Corner .... art office manager
Douglas Fox .... property master (as Doug Fox)
Karen Kornbau .... co-art director
Steve Meyer .... construction supervisor
Ian Scheibel .... assistant props
Cynthia Sowder .... co-art director (as Cindi Sowder)
 
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... sound mixer (as Doug Arnold)
Ken Beauchene .... additional sound mixer
G.W. Brown .... dialogue editor
Ed Callahan .... dialogue editor
Gordon L. Day .... sound re-recording mixer
Walter Gorey .... additional boom operator
John Kwiatkowski .... sound effects editor
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Debbie Pinthus .... boom operator
Craig Talmy .... special effects sound
Stan Wetzel .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Berger .... additional ghoulie operator
R. Christopher Biggs .... special effects makeup and ghoulies: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries (as Chris Biggs)
John Carl Buechler .... special effects makeup and ghoulies designer
Lynn Buechler .... additional ghoulie operator
Everett Burrell .... special effects makeup and ghoulies: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries
Rob Cantrell .... special effects makeup and ghoulies: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries
Mitch Devane .... special effects makeup and ghoulies: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries (as Mitch De Vane)
Roger George .... pyrotechnician
Cleve Hall .... additional ghoulie operator
Kenneth J. Hall .... additional ghoulie operator (as Ken Hall)
Roger Kelton .... set special effects
John Vulich .... special effects makeup and ghoulies: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries
 
Stunts
Rick Barker .... stunts
Linda Lee Franklin .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joey Alvarado .... electrician
Danny Bilson .... second assistant camera
David Boyd .... first assistant camera
Kevin Brennan .... gaffer
Dennis Clark .... electrician
Stephen Crawford .... additional electrician
Jerry Day .... additional grip
Brian Dean .... additional grip
Rick Faigh .... additional electrician (as Rik Faigh)
Tony Friedkin .... still photographer
Kevin Galbraith .... electrician
Howard Herrington .... additional electrician (as H. Herrington)
Ray Maichen .... additional key grip
Ray Maichen .... best boy
Ron McCausland .... key grip
Tim McGinnis .... best boy gaffer (as Tim McGinnes)
Michael Molnar .... additional grip
Andrew Roach .... additional electrician
Michael Stocks .... grip
Wayne Stroud .... additional grip
Vance Trussell .... electrician
Michael Wilson .... additional assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Anthony Barnao .... assistant casting director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill M. Ohanneson .... costumer (as Jill Ohanneson)
 
Editorial Department
Brad Arensman .... executive in charge of post-production
Holly Austin .... negative cutter
James Knight .... additional assistant editor
Thomas Meshelski .... assistant editor (as Tom Meshelski)
Lynda Rescia .... apprentice editor
Tom Scurry .... additional assistant editor
Juliet Avola .... post-production (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Richard Band .... composer: additional music
John Richards .... scoring engineer
Tom Villano .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jeff Broadstreet .... set production assistant
Bennah Burton-Burtt .... assistant to executive producer (as Bennah Burton)
Sheri Callan .... assistant production accountant
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Duane Dell'Amico .... security officer
Don Diers .... production assistant
Jim Drewry .... security officer
Vladimir Ferkelman .... production assistant
Cathy Mickel Gibson .... controller (as Cathy Mickel-Gibson)
Jeff Holder .... craft service
Richard Kocik .... office production assistant
Robert Lange .... production counsel
Frank Rehwaldt .... office production assistant
Sharron Reynolds .... script supervisor (as Sharon Reynolds)
Jay Sedrish .... production accountant
Debra Spidell .... office production assistant
Aron Warner .... production coordinator
George Escalera .... craft service (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Marion Gibbons .... special thanks: Hollywood Heritage Society
 
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Runtime:
81 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (1986) | Norway:15 (video premiere) | Spain:18 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
The original concept for the film was much different that the final product. Originally, the film was going to be about a kid moving into his grandfather's house who finds out that the inspirations for his grandfather's stories are living in the house and trying to kill him. Fox greenlighted the film for a $12 million budget but along the way, the film was dropped and the script was heavily rewritten to appeal to teenagers.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The bubs of the black lights used to make Jonathan's eyes glow can be seen in the reflection of his sunglasses when Rebbecca first returns to the house after Grizzle and Greedygut are summoned.See more »
Quotes:
Dick:They call me Dick, but you can call me... Dick.See more »
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Soundtrack:
SurrenderSee more »

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They'll get you in the end., 16 May 2015
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

The camp and cheese levels are off the charts with this effort from Charles Bands' Empire Pictures, one of a few movies (and subsequent franchises) to jump on the "Gremlins" bandwagon. This means combining comedy (which, in this case, is never really that funny) and horror (although the movie sure ain't scary at all) and trying to go for a playful approach. The result is a movie that does have some fun moments, but nothing special enough to make it compare to its inspiration.

Eric Roberts lookalike Peter Liapis stars as Jonathan Graves, who moves with his girlfriend Rebecca (pretty Lisa Pelikan of the "Carrie" ripoff "Jennifer") into the mansion he's just inherited. Turns out his dad Malcolm (pop singer Michael Des Barres, in a hilariously unsubtle turn) was one of a group of Satan worshippers, and the mansion has been home to demons in the past. As any moron character in this type of genre movie would do, Jonathan lets his curiosity get the better of him, and he becomes obsessed with wearing robes and performing rituals. The title creatures show up to create mayhem, followed by an endearing pair of little people (Peter Risch, Tamara De Treaux).

The Ghoulies themselves don't get to do all that much; they would be brought more to the forefront for the sequels. The human cast - including Scott Thomson ("Police Academy"), Ralph Seymour ("Just Before Dawn"), Keith Joe Dick, and Mariska Hargitay in her film debut - is amusing, but it's the Ghoulies who are the most fun. Jack Nance of "Eraserhead" fame is wasted as the wise old caretaker of the mansion. Bobbie Bresee ("Mausoleum") has a bit as a temptress. Special effects and makeup by John Carl Buechler and his company are generally pretty good. The score, credited to both Shirley Walker and Richard Band, is catchy.

"Ghoulies" is indeed pretty ridiculous, but this viewer doesn't see that as necessarily being a bad thing. Just don't go in expecting anything resembling a serious genre film.

Six out of 10.

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