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The Paper Boy (1994)

A homicidal twelve-year-old paperboy becomes obsessed with a woman and her daughter next-door, and he'll do anything to make his fantasy of the "perfect family" come alive.



(as David Peckinpah)

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A paper-boy murders an old lady only to lure her family from the city out to the country. As each day passes the paper-boy tries to make friends with the family. Once the family sees what a sicko he is, they banish him from their lives. Then the terror begins. Written by <chopp@gte.net>

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16 November 1994 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Johnny's father is buried in the basement cooler after being killed, but his corpse is later seen buried in the hole that Johnny was digging up earlier. See more »


Brenda: [Brenda sees Johnny peeping at her while she has sex with her boyfriend] The little shit!
Brenda's Boyfriend: Huh?
Brenda: The window!
[Brenda and her boyfriend hurry outside to catch Johnny in the act]
Brenda: I'm telling you, I saw his creepy face! That little pervert's hiding. Well, go look for him!
Brenda's Boyfriend: You look for him! I want a beer!
Brenda: [frustrated] ... Fungus. McFartley, you're a FUNGUS!
Johnny McFarley: [From behind the bushes, making a whiny face] Shut up, shut up!
Brenda: Fungus!
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I harbor a special fondness for a movie this bad.
5 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Sigh...memories of long summer days in which my sister and I did little more than watch the USA network. While doing so we tripped over this pathetic little blunder of a movie, and have since peppered our conversations with comments such as "God hates stupid children!" and "Hey Peaches, want some ribs?"

Characters are as follows: Johnny McFarley, the homicidal paperboy, Melissa, the completely oblivious object of his desire, and Cammie, Melissa's brainless little girl. There is also the witchy old woman from down the street, who spends about half of her scenes cackling, "He's eeeeevil!" in reference to Johnny.

In short, the movie is dumb. It's contrived. No one I've talked to has ever seen it, which is a pity because it's so humorously bad.

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