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Meet the Hollowheads (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  15 November 1989 (USA)
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The Hollowheads are a strange, futuristic family that live in a Jetsons type world complete with many cool gadgets. Henry is hoping for a promotion at the slime factory in which he works ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Henry Hollowhead
Nancy Mette ...
Miriam Hollowhead
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Mr. Crabneck
Matt Shakman ...
Billy Hollowhead
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Cindy Hollowhead
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Joey (as Joshua Miller)
Shnutz Burman ...
Spike
Lightfield Lewis ...
Bud Hollowhead
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Ream Instructor
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Young Reamer
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Logan Ramsey ...
Top Drone
Layne Britton ...
Grandpa Hollowhead (as Shotgun Britton)
Chaz Conner ...
Oliver
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Cop #1 (as Jack Cheese)
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Storyline

The Hollowheads are a strange, futuristic family that live in a Jetsons type world complete with many cool gadgets. Henry is hoping for a promotion at the slime factory in which he works and decides to bring his boss home for dinner and to meet the family. The horny, pervert, rude boss does not know what he is up against when he begins with his advances towards Mrs. Hollowhead and his abundance of rudeness. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Sometime, somewhere, the Hollowhead family is having a bad day ....

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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15 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life on the Edge  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Dan Aykroyd was offered the part of Mr. Crabneck. See more »

Quotes

Cop #2: Just to be safe side you should have her drained.
[while Cindy Hollowhead is giggling & spaced out sitting on the couch]
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KIDS LOOKIN' FOR A GOOD TIME
Written and Produced by Glenn A. Jordan (as Glenn Jordan)
Performed by Jeff Wilson
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A little-seen offbeat sci-fi/horror/comedy/something-else movie.
7 December 2006 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Imagine a bizarre fusion of Terry Gilliam's Brazil and TV sitcom I love Lucy. Now add a dash of Cronenbergesque body-shock horror and a soupçon of sixties sci-fi idealism. The result might look something like Meet The Hollowheads, the only directorial effort (to date) from movie make-up maestro Tom Burman. And then again it might not.

Set in a strange world where all of life's necessities are supplied (and disposed of) via tubes, where strange creatures are used both as food and household tools, and where clean living wholesome folk are driven to violence, Meet the Hollowheads is definitely a film that needs to be seen to be believed.

Henry Hollowhead (John Glover), loving husband and father of three, is United Umbilical's top meter reader. Hoping for a promotion, he brings home his new boss, Mr. Crabneck, to meet his family and stay for dinner. But Mr.Crabneck proves to be a less than perfect house-guest, insulting Henry's youngest son, and leching after both Henry's tasty wife and his jail-bait daughter (played by a very sexy and very young Juliette Lewis). Soon enough the situation turns ugly and the Hollowheads are forced to fight back.

Extremely imaginative and downright freaky in places, this movie is certainly not going to be to everyone's taste, but those with a taste for the unusual and absurd should really give this one a try, if only to witness the sight of Juliette Lewis singing and dancing whilst her (real-life) brother plays a 'half-mutant-chicken/half-trombone' musical instrument.

And if that isn't enough to tempt you, the film also contains these treats: Ms. Lewis trying on a range of garish but very-body-hugging dresses, Ms Lewis feeding her grandpa green goop though a tube while he gropes her, Near Dark's Joshua Miller playing 'Splatspray' with huge lice, Bobcat Goldthwait (credited as Jack Cheese) talking normally, and Anne 'Throw Momma From The Train' Ramsey (in her final role) requiring subtitles due to her throat cancer.

Quite insane and quite possibly brilliant (but don't quote me on that), Meet The Hollowheads is well worth checking out if you love obscure cinematic oddities.


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