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The Willies (1990)

Two brothers camping with their cousin try to frighten each other by telling stories. There are two main narrations: one involves strange happenings at an elementary school; the other, a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Michael
Jason Horst Jason Horst ... Kyle
Joshua Miller Joshua Miller ... Josh (as Joshua Jon Miller)
James Karen ... Uncle Harry / Mr. Jenkins
Marilyn Pitzer Marilyn Pitzer ... Chicken Lady
Evan Arnold ... Counter Guy
Dana Ashbrook ... Tough Dude
Kathy MacQuarrie Kathy MacQuarrie ... Tough Chick
Bill Erwin ... Old Man
Doug Benson ... Zombie (as Doug Benson)
Marie Wright-Perry Marie Wright-Perry ... Tart
Bob Zamudio Bob Zamudio ... The Ripper / Fly #2
Gary DePew Gary DePew ... Sea Captain Ghoul
Tim Edwards Tim Edwards ... Mr. Death Ghoul
Ken Daly Ken Daly ... Farmer Ghoul / Pest Control Guy
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Storyline

Two brothers camping with their cousin try to frighten each other by telling stories. There are two main narrations: one involves strange happenings at an elementary school; the other, a teenage boy with a peculiar interest. Written by Mike Stark <stark@math.idbsu.edu>

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Catch a Tingling, Terrifying, Terminal Case of... See more »

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Horror | Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los Willies 1: Cuentos de terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Force Majeure Productions See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

You can see a "Weird Science" poster on the wall of Goody Belcher's bedroom wall when he's taking the flies off the fly strip in his bedroom. Michael Bower had a guest spot on the "Weird Science" TV show. See more »

Goofs

When Danny Hollister is walking into school, he is seen with his backpack on and a brown paper bag in his left hand, however when he is in school he is seen holding his backpack and the brown paper bag in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Farmer Spivey: I don't take kindly to rodents like you, stealing my fertilizer, and messing up my fence!
Gordy Belcher: Oh yeah? I'm not the idiot who just blew a hole in it!
Farmer Spivey: Next time I'll catch you in here, I just might blow a hole in you. Make you a member of that there Vietnamese boys' choir.
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Crazy Credits

The end of the credits show The Willies logo along with the sound of a beast See more »

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You can basically take or leave this one
4 November 2005 | by SparkySee all my reviews

I was about 20 when I first saw this, and I recently hunted down an old used rental VHS online because I wanted to see it again. Out of the short skits at the beginning I especially enjoy the old man's performance in the one about the "Haunted Mansion" ride, though the skit itself is rather lackluster. And something about the poodle skit bothers me: the dog was wearing a collar with a metal tag, why didn't that react to the microwaves? Have *you* ever put something with even a tiny trace of metal in a microwave? It starts flashing and sparking and catching fire instantly and there's this awful smell...Yeah I know, I probably wasn't supposed to even think about that. Nevermind the fact that the dog was *dry* after the lady supposedly just gave it a bath.

As for the two main stories: I greatly dislike the Monster in the Bathroom. It *may* have made a decent short story if written right, but on screen it's just deplorable, in my opinion. All of the adult actors give a decent enough performance, but every single child in that skit couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag. *Especially* the completely unlikable main character, which makes it even more sad. I did however enjoy the kids' nickname for Miss Titmarsh: "Miss Breastswamp," I believe it was.

However, I have a big soft spot for the Tale of Gordy Belcher. Now *that's* good stuff. Great storyline, and good acting all around (with the possible exception of that blonde girl at Gordy's school). Love the manure guy, and Gordy's dad is so real, with his harping on his son to stop being "weird". Watch the dinner scene, and see if you can relate. I definitely could.

The "bookend" storyline, with the three kids in the tent, was a big yawn-fest though (with the notable exception of the excellent Goonies reference.) I *do* recommend this film, though mostly for the Tale of Gordy Belcher.


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