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Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Ernest unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ernest / Phineas Worrell
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Austin Nagler ...
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Jonas Moscartolo ...
John Cadenhead ...
Bill Byrge ...
Richard Woolf ...
Nick Victory ...
Alec Klapper ...
Steven Moriyon ...
Daniel Butler ...
Esther Huston ...
Larry Black ...
Denice Hicks ...
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Storyline

Life could be pretty if there wasn't someone like Ernest P. Worrell on this planet. In this movie he helps to escape an evil troll out of his grave. That's the start of the end for the world. But... Ernest wouldn't be Ernest if he wasn't planning on saving all the people. This action doesn't make it any better. It's getting worse. Written by Evert Poppen

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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11 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ernest Scared Stiff  »

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$14,143,280 (USA)
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Trivia

Headstones are seen in this film's poster, but there is no cemetery in the film itself. It is speculated by fans that the antagonist Trantor the Troll was originally supposed to dig up dead children to feed his army, and Ernest was a caretaker for a cemetery. This theory hasn't been confirmed, but would seem likely. See more »

Goofs

When Kenny and his friends ride into the convenience store to get the milk the clerk backs into some Chex boxes and falls over. When he falls he has a broom in his right hand but when the shot changes its in his left hand See more »

Quotes

Tom Tulip: Do rattlesnakes kiss carefully?
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
from "The Messiah"
Composed by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Louis Knatchbull
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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totally lovable, no matter how dumb it is
17 January 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The Ernest movies were ridiculous, pointless, and quite frankly, a distraction from anything realistic; and yet they were so lovable. Maybe it's just knowing that Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) will always try his hardest to do something honest and benevolent, but always end up doing the most idiotic and embarrassing thing possible; think of him as Gilligan's successor. In "Ernest Scared Stupid", he accidentally awakens an evil troll who proceeds to go around kidnapping children with the aim of becoming indestructible.

Yes, it's total escapism, but the good kind. The perfect movie to watch with a bud. You gotta admit that some of the stuff here makes you laugh just because of its unpredictability. "Miak" is probably the best example.

Anyway, it's pretty fun. Also starring Eartha Kitt (happy birthday, Eartha!).


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