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Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam (1986)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi
Dr. Otto grows a hand out of the top of his head and tries to destroy the world.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Otto / Rudd Hardtact / Laughin' Jack / Guy Dandy / Auntie Nelda / Ernest P. Worrell
Glenn Petach ... Otto's Head Hand
Myke R. Mueller ... Lance
... Doris
Daniel Butler ... Slave Willie / Kegler
Esther Huston ... Tina
Tina Goetze ... Rhonda Sue
Jennifer Wood ... Monique
David Landon ... Bank Pres. Rutherford
Mac Bennett ... V.P. #1
Winslow Stillman ... Lance's Dad
Mary Jane Harvill ... Lance's Mom
Irv Kane ... Herr Vonschnick
Leslie Potter ... Mme. Vonschnick
Bill Middleton ... Man at Autoteller
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Ernest P. Worrel tries out a strange contraption he bought cheaply called the Changing Coffin. The machine turns him into his opposite - a mad scientist and supervillain bent on world domination called Dr. Otto. He plans to use his Gloom Beam to render all the computers that keep people's financial records and bank accounts useless which would make him the only one with access to all this dough. Bumbling hero Lance Sterling and his cautious sidekick Doris are sent to Dr. Otto's lair to stop him. There, they must face various scary alter egos of Dr. Otto as well as his manservant, Willie the Robot.

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Doctor Otto is what inspired the villain of The Marvelous M Show (2011), Dr. Mac. See more »

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Dr. Otto: [as Willie destroys the science projects] Notice if you will, the robot's lifelike movements, his ability to understand spoken tongues, and a vocabulary of nearly 700 words, such as: "ATTACK, WILLIE!", "SEARCH AND DESTROY!", "TORA! TORA! TORA!"
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Followed by Ernest Goes to Camp (1987) See more »

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ATTACK AND COFFIN THEMES
Written by Aaron Keister
Arranged by Shane Keister
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Bad Movie, Great scenes
20 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

As far as stories go, it seems that the writers here could only pass a kindergarten story writing class. Plot? Dr. Otto wants to destroy the world! That's all.

However, what you get is the Brilliance of Jim Varney, not as Ernest for 90 minutes (I'll be the first to admit that to be a hard challenge), but Jim portraying a variety of other Characters that we only get glimpses of in other movies and his TV series. He is brilliant as he throws himself into these wild, wacky characters. Think of it as a bunch of 10-20 minute short films each with a different lead character by Varney, and each around a central theme that were spliced together, each short fairy self contained. It's much easier to watch this movie then.

If you want to see some great character acting (or at least Jim Varney not playing Ernest), definitely watch this movie if you can find it.


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