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Ghoulies (1984)

A young man and his girlfriend move into an old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a desire to control ancient demons.

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Luca Bercovici
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Liapis ... Jonathan Graves
Lisa Pelikan ... Rebecca
Michael Des Barres ... Malcolm Graves
Jack Nance ... Wolfgang
Peter Risch Peter Risch ... Grizzel
Tamara De Treaux Tamara De Treaux ... Greedigut
Scott Thomson ... Mike
Ralph Seymour ... Mark (Toad Boy)
Mariska Hargitay ... Donna
Keith Joe Dick ... Dick
David Dayan David Dayan ... Eddie
Victoria Catlin ... Anastasia
Charene Cathleen Charene Cathleen ... Robin
Bobbie Bresee ... Temptress
Jamie Bronow Jamie Bronow ... Jonathan Graves, as a child
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Storyline

A young man and his girlfriend move into an old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a desire to control ancient demons.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They'll get you in the end!

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beasties See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Ghoulie" means "small monster" in Persian. See more »

Goofs

The bulbs of the black lights used to make Jonathan's eyes glow can be seen reflected in his sunglasses when Rebbecca first returns to the house after Grizzle and Greedygut are summoned. See more »

Quotes

[Mike falls over while trying to breakdance]
Mike: I think I broke my head.
Eddie: [standing over Mike] Oh, thank God. I thought that you actually hurt yourself.
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Alternate Versions

12 seconds of footage were removed from the American release of Ghoulies in order to achieve a PG-13 rating. See more »

Connections

Followed by Ghoulies Go to College (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing With A Monster
Written and Performed by Fela Johnson
Subliminal Music 1982
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Puppets with teeth
2 September 2009 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

A surprise hit in the horror film-drenched 1980s that spawned several sequels, GHOULIES was one ii a long line of puppet movies from the old Empire Pictures, the same folks who would soon bring us RE-ANIMATOR. In GHOULIES, a young man moves into an old mansion and before you know it, he is attempting to conjure up a bunch of hellish critters to do his bidding. Soon enough, he has them going after his enemies. The ghoulies themselves are hand puppets that look pretty ferocious for hand puppets. The conjurer, played by an insufferable actor named Peter Liapus, has been possessed by a dark spirit that resides in the old house. A little too much time is spent on the guy and his conjuring, but once the ghoulies get going, watch out! This comedy horror film stands out among many similar flicks from that era. It was obviously inspired by GREMLINS, but in the end it in no way resembles that now-forgotten classic. Worth a look if you can buy the idea of puppet monsters. PUPPETMASTER had the same theme and look, and was also an Empire Pictures job, if I am not mistaken.


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