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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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Ernest / Phineas Worrell
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Austin Nagler ...
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Jonas Moscartolo ...
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Esther Huston ...
Larry Black ...
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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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11 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ernest Scared Stiff  »

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$14,143,280 (USA)
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Trivia

The Chiodo Brothers are credited with Special Effects for this film, who also made the 1988 cult film Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988). Look for Trolls in the finale that resemble Klowns, as well as the same spinning death effect. See more »

Goofs

When Kenny's dad drops Kenny off at the party, you can see a crew member in a ballcap reflected off of the glass. See more »

Quotes

Kenny: Ernest I got it! What we need is a tree house!
Ernest P. Worrell: I thought we needed dress shields.
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Hallelujah Chorus
from "The Messiah"
Composed by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Louis Knatchbull
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Ernest P. fights off "booger-lipped" bad guys. . .
20 September 2001 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

O.K. so this movie probably wasn't nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay. Or best of anything else for that matter. And the film is what most folks would term "stupid" humor. So I like "stupid" humor, so sue me. Jim Varney's creation of characters like Ernest and the myriad others he pulled out of seeming thin air, in my opinion speak volumes of his talent and creativity. Sometimes it's enough just to be entertained with belly laughs and not stop and analyze every single line of dialog. If you're the intellectual type, don't bother with this movie, it'll go way over your head, or under your radar screen one. But if you're an otherwise intelligent and reasonably good humored person, and especially if you're looking for something that is decidedly NOT a gut-yanking, eyeball popping, gorey screamfest to watch with your kids on Halloween, this is a fun and easy on the brain flick.


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