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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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John Cadenhead ...
Bill Byrge ...
Richard Woolf ...
Nick Victory ...
Alec Klapper ...
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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some ideas the filmmakers and Disney/Touchstone had for the title of this movie they ended up not using were, "Ernest and the Curse", "Ernest and the Trolls", and "Ernest Scared Stiff". See more »

Goofs

When Ernest leaves there are several bikes outside of the school, yet when Old Lady Hackmore leaves, there is only one bike (the one she takes). See more »

Quotes

Ernest P. Worrell: [to Rimshot] We have nothing to fear but fear itself, plus the known fact that Old Lady Hackmore will turn us into a couple of drooling, red eyed zombies if she catches us here.
[knocks on the door]
Ernest P. Worrell: Well, nobody home, I guess they're out robbing graves or biting the heads off chickens or whatever's in Voodoo Vogue.
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Connections

Features Nebo zovyot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

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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