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I love this film. That might sound unusual here, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE
IT! It's like a Porky's movie with drunken puppets, how can you
possibly go wrong? Yes its lowbrow, yes its cheap and nasty, but that's
exactly what I love about it. Plus its got Jason Scott Lee being
obsessed with a stereo.
The Ghoulies series is a bit of a mixed bunch. The first is a camp possession movie, with a couple of token appearances by the little guys. I gotta say, it kinda sucked, even though there were a few inspired moments. Ghoulies II was a surprisingly good little monster movie... and it had a Shakespeare-quoting midget in it! Many good childhood memories of this one. The fourth and final movie was god-awful. I've never seen a movie that doesn't "star" Ben Affleck that's sucked that much. But in amongst this assortment of barely related titles is Ghoulies Go To College, a hilarious romp through frat life from the perspective of three intoxicated little creatures.
This certainly isn't a horror movie, I wouldn't even call it a horror/comedy. It's just a dumb little movie with a big heart, big tits and some of the best one-liners this side of Citizen Toxie. Go into it expecting juvenile humour and kooky hijinks (and maybe even shenanigans) and you just might have a new favourite on your hands. Or maybe thats just goofy glue ;)
This movie is not scary. The ghoulies can now talk and are somehow in a
college for some reason or another. they are controlled by a comic book
the evil princepal is making them ruin prank week. so they do alot of
s*** and frankly I got a few chuckles.what can i say it was fun. I had a
great time. by means of acting and script this movie blows but if your
looking for a movie to get drunk too this is it!
*** out of four
I don't know why I read someone saying this movie was worst than the first two in the series... those movies were pretty damn borring and stale, and not serios enough to be scarey, funny, or watchable. This movie is much better, combining the sort of rip-off silly hijinx of Gremlins that Ghoulies truly is with some of the better rip-off silly hijinx of Animal House. It's the best in the series, bar none, and pretty damn fun to watch.
If done right, a film that mixes Horror and Comedy is golden. The trick
is to create a delicate balance between the two. Films like 'Dead
Alive' and 'House' are a couple sterling examples of this going well.
Too often though, the opposite is the case. The first two 'Ghoulies'
movies have their share of humor, but never took it to the nth degree.
It took three years, but another chapter was added to the series. As
with II, it's different than it's predecessors. However, this time they
put the humor in high gear and the result is uneven.
Pros: Good work by the actors. Fun score. Quite good special effects. Brisk pace. Some of the goofy humor is amusing. Some neat ideas, such as bringing the little buggers back with a magic comic book.
Cons: Little in the way of plot. Most of the humor falls flat. Making the Ghoulies talk and spout off one-liners was a mistake. Runs out of steam by the third act. The Horror has been toned down compared to the first two.
Final thoughts: It's obvious that a film called 'Ghoulies Go to College' won't be serious. That being said, did the humor really have to be so juvenile? The death scenes are absolutely ridiculous. Still, despite all it's faults, this installment is fun to watch. Would be better if it were with some friends though. Go no further than this one unless you're a completist.
My rating: 2.5/5
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Anyone who has Seen Any of the Ghoulies Films Should Know how Cool the Ghoulies are. I Mean, The Ghoulies Rule! Throughout The Whole Entire Film, Those Pesky little Ghoulies Terrorize a College Campus using their Black Humor, Twisted Minds, and, of Course, The Toilets! Warning, If You Don't want to Read The Next Few Sentences Which contain Possible Spoilers, Skip ahead to Next User Comment. To Fill in The Plot A little bit more, I must tell you That in Ghoulies III There are Two Fraternities that are in a Vicious War to see who are the Greatest Jokers during Prank week. But, of Course, The Ghoulies end up in the War, and all Hell breaks loose. The whole film was a perfect Horror/Comedy and a Mighty fine Addition to the Ghoulies Series. 10 out of 10. Also Recommended Critters 2: The Main Course.
In this sequel, the title creatures run amok at a college where the frats are very busy competing with each other to see who can pull the best pranks. Professor Ragnar (Kevin McCarthy) has had more than enough of them, but has discovered a means of dealing with them. Into his possession has come a comic book (with some pretty hilarious incantations) that allows him to control the Ghoulies, which have resurfaced. It's up to prank master Skip (Evan MacKenzie) to combat the professor, who progresses from infuriated to downright evil pretty quickly. Give writer Brent Olson and director John Carl Buechler credit: they don't really go for the horror here, as just about everything is played for laughs, including the Ghoulies. In fact, the Ghoulies - only three of them in number here (Rat, Cat, and Fish are their names) - definitely have a real Three Stooges thing going on. Hell, the damn things even *talk* now. And McCarthy, well, he's just wonderful. He doesn't act like this is beneath him, but just plays his demented role for all that it's worth. The supporting cast is pretty entertaining, and it's interesting to note the familiar faces popping up. Griffin O'Neal is kind of wasted as one of the frat dudes, but MacKenzie does have an amiable goofy charm going for him, John Johnston is appropriately odious as his nemesis Heilman (not exactly a subtle name), and Eva La Rue is very sexy and appealing as the leading lady. Stephen Lee of "Dolls" and "RoboCop 2" is amusing as the put upon campus security guard Barcus, Marcia Wallace is a member of the faculty, Jason Scott Lee is another frat dude, luscious Playboy Playmate Hope Marie Carlton is a hoot as a stuck up sorority babe, and a young Matthew Lillard, billed as Matthew Lynn, makes his film debut in a small role. Depending on ones' tastes, this film can come off as tiresome at times (it's pretty obnoxious throughout), but it does deliver some laughs and does have a certain manic energy, which can only be a good thing. Genre fans who appreciate horror comedies with an accent on the comedy may find this quite entertaining, others approach with caution. Six out of 10.
Its not rocket science,its just plain fun. After two reasonably successful incarnations with Ghoulies 1 & 2 director John Carl Bueacher and lets not forget the legacy he already had to his credit as with his own special effects company Magical Media Industries he created some of the now famous most gut wrenching and over the top scenes for the horror genre ever seen on the big screen with Reanimator,From Beyond and Dolls a few to mention and all in collaboration with director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna,took the Ghoulies in a different direction,the one of comedy and it worked. To manys surprise this third installment did extremely well at the box office making its production costs and pre advertising back plus making a healthy profit,hence the somewhat forgettable Ghoulies 4 which really had nothing what so ever to do with the now well known Ghoulies at all. Within Ghoulies Go To College comes the great "BEER RUN" scene which had audiences howling plus watch for many an actor who went on to become rather well known in their own right,Eva La Rue,Jason Scott Lee and needless to mention the amazing Kevin Macarthy who was never interested in making big budget epics,he was always just happy to be still working after so many years in the industry,sadly he passed away at the tender age of 96 but here in Ghoulies he was hitting 72. This is a great movie to watch as a late night snack or if your just looking to watch a real gem from the late 80s because they don't make them like this anymore.
This sequel was a little bit different from the first two movies. I
really liked it though. You've got the rat looking ghoulie, cat
ghoulie, and the ghoulie that's green with sharp teeth. The ghoulies in
this movie are still evil but in a funny way. John Carl Buechler
directed this one (He did the makeup/creature effects for the Ghoulies
in parts one and two) The Ghoulies talk in this one and have some funny
voices. I love the part when they go on a pantie raid and drink beer.
That part had me laughing. Then you've got the hilarious Kevin McCarthy
as Professor Ragnar. He's 93 years old now and still acting in movies.
Wow that guy is a legend! He's damn good actor too. Anyway this is a
fun horror comedy. I highly recommend it if you enjoyed the first two
Ghoulie movies. It's currently not out on DVD in America, but is
available on VHS. You can always order it from another country though
and watch it with a region free DVD player. That's what I did.
Hopefully Ghoulies III will come out one day in the USA for everyone in
the world to see.
I give Ghoulies III a 9/10
For those of you who gave this movie anything less than 10/10, you are judging this movie far too harshly!!! I enjoyed this more than Critters and Gremlins, it was an hour of fun and features possibly the most ridiculous ending to a movie that I couldn't stop laughing at! Prank week was hilarious, and the ghoulies themselves were absolutely hilarious. Oh, and it also has Matthew Lillard and Jason Scott Lee in it, with the voice of Mrs Krabbaple from the Simpsons Marsha Wallace! If you have ever wanted to see a movie to laugh at when you are really down on life, this is the medicine I would prescribe. It shows us how silly life is that a movie like this can actually feature Hollywood stars!!!
After reading from a sacred comic book that contains a spell to conjure
a swarm of devilish creatures, a college professor sends them out to
ruin the live of a student involved in a despised prank-war ritual with
other students who must stop their childish rampage.
This here turned out to be quite an enjoyably goofy and silly monster movie that has more than enough assets to make it interesting. The comedy here is outlandish, as the stipulation of this taking place during prank week means that the pratfalls, gags and goofs that occur are all pretty funny in their own right, and when added by with a gaggle of one-liner-spouting creatures that react with the slapstick grace of a silent-film star, the results are nothing short of hilarious. While it works on the comedic level, as a horror film this is quite lacking. One of the biggest problems is the complete lack of fear instilled by the creatures because they are so goofy and cheesy-looking that their scenes don't evoke anything remotely associated with terror or shock, and when combined with the admittedly goofy and ludicrous back-story for their conjuration, and it all spells funny more than screams. That said, there's some more good stuff here in the finale being quite action- packed as it manages to bestow a feeling of real tension because the villain is still treated as though he's serious and the manners in which they go about dealing with it are quite fun overall, and when mixed with real-life special effects and props manages to make for a rather enjoyable effort.
Rated R: Graphic Language, Nudity, Violence, comedic sex scenes and alcohol use.
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