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Well, I wasn't expecting much from "Shrunken heads", but I still had a little hope, as it's a Full Moon production from 1994. Everyone knows by now their movies pretty much went downhill during the second half of the 90's. And looking at their credits as a production company, I feel that "Shrunken Heads" just might be the last Full Moon film that really captured their specific mix of craziness & entertainment and their special brand of B-movie magic. "Shrunken Heads" mixes horror, comedy and crime, but in such a cartoonish way, it does become a fun little film. The crime elements are a spoof on the criminal environment of the 50's, but the film itself is set in a modern-day (90's) urban setting. Sure, it's nonsensical silliness with a touch of madness on a small scale. But the production values are still pretty decent (as with most of the older Full Moon flicks, compared to the newer ones) and the story moves along at a decent pace. Plus, the film's seasoned with fun special effects (and great miniatures of a city by night), another thing you could always count on in their older films.
A friend of mine on here mentioned something appropriate on the plot: "I had read that the movie was amazingly bizarre because the ones with the shrunken head problem were like dead kids or something, brought back to life by a voodoo man to get revenge". That's exactly what it's about. It also stars Meg Foster in - without a doubt - the most oddball role I've ever seen her play: Gangster Big Moe. And then there's Rebecca Herbst. Such a lovely, sexy peach. I had never heard of her before, but she's still acting now (TV's "General Hospital", though I've seen some horrible soapy clips of it) and still quite the beauty. Yummie! At one point she even opens up the top of her blouse, to let a shrunken head (her boyfriend, before he died) in. A shrunken head getting that lucky, can only happen in a Full Moon flick.
I'm trying too hard to praise this silly little horror comedy, really. But honestly, if you like the old school Full Moon flicks much more than Charles Band's more recent efforts, than you should have a fun watch with "Shrunken Heads".
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