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Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Ernest accidentally unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.

Director:

John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)

Writers:

John R. Cherry III (story) (as John Cherry), Coke Sams (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Ernest / Phineas Worrell
Eartha Kitt ... Old Lady Hackmore
Austin Nagler Austin Nagler ... Kenny
Shay Astar ... Elizabeth
Jonas Moscartolo ... Trantor
John Cadenhead John Cadenhead ... Tom Tulip
Bill Byrge Bill Byrge ... Bobby Tulip
Richard Woolf Richard Woolf ... Matt
Nick Victory Nick Victory ... Mike
Alec Klapper Alec Klapper ... Joey
Steven Moriyon Steven Moriyon ... Gregg
Daniel Butler Daniel Butler ... Cliff
Esther Huston Esther Huston ... Amanda
Larry Black Larry Black ... Mayor Murdock
Denice Hicks Denice Hicks ... Elizabeth's Mother
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest Scared Stiff See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,453,132, 14 October 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,143,280
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last Ernest film to be released theatrically by Touchstone Pictures, this is because many kids found the film to be too scary. Many people agree that the thought of a troll stealing the souls of children, and the trolls deaths to be very disturbing. Though Slam Dunk Ernest (1995) did have release a video release from Touchstone four years later. See more »

Goofs

When Kenny and his friends enter the store on the bikes, Jimmy the employee calls Kenny "Kenny Barton" even though he knows that his last name is "Binder" in the film. See more »

Quotes

Ernest P. Worrell: [as the Old Lady] Be grateful, little trolls in China don't even get milk.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
from "The Messiah"
Composed by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Louis Knatchbull
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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User Reviews

Best Ernest movie
24 January 2000 | by Op_PrimeSee all my reviews

This was the best Ernest movie of all. Jim Varney shines as the bumbling fool Ernest P. Worrell. The story basically has Ernest waking up a troll, who kidnaps and turns children to wood for his evil plans. Ernest must catch what he let out. Of course that ensures much mayhem and laughter (especially that giant bear trap). The plot resembles an old horror film but it works for Ernest. My opinion on the kids is, they help the plot work and make sense but got kind of annoying. The real reason to see this movie is to see what foolish thing Ernest does next. Overall a good film.


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