A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Jonathan is the son of an evil black magic adherent. He falls into the same role as soon as he moves into his father's evil-ridden home. His actions rouse bad spirits who kill people with their sharp teeth.
Violence & Scariness
On-screen violence is not intense, but many scenes suggest nasty goings-on offscreen. A man tries to kill his baby son with a dagger in a black magic ritual. The baby is saved. Evil spirits with pointy teeth are summoned by a man with mystical powers. They become his servants and bite people to death for no apparent reason. Blood is seen on the victims. Screams of victims are heard. A woman's chest starts to split and bleed. A woman falls down a flight of stairs to her death but is then revived.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple kiss in bed. She wears a negligee and a nipple shows through. He wears underpants. A man refers to "quim" he "poked" the night before.
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"S--t," "hell," "damn," "quim," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine and smoke cigarettes and marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ghoulies is a 1985 low-budget horror film that spawned three more evil installments in the series about a black magical evil underworld in which evil dead get the living to bring them back for the purpose of doing more evil. A baby is saved from a sacrifice ritual led by his father. Twenty-five years later, the baby grows up to inherit dad's evil house and the act of him moving in brings out the power-mad evil in him. More rituals unleash bloodthirsty creatures under the young man's control, and friends are bloodily attacked. Adults smoke marijuana and cigarettes and drink alcohol. A couple kiss in bed. The woman wears a negligee and a nipple shows through. A man refers to "quim" he "poked" the night before. Language includes "s--t," "hell," "damn," and "bastard." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It would be a surprise if the director, producers, or actors involved in the making of this movie had any interest in cinematic excellence. If they did, surely they abandoned it pretty early on. According to the director's claims, Ghoulies' "unevenness" arises from the fact that he only saw the actual special effects creatures shortly before filming began. He realized then that they were too silly-looking to be used in the serious film he supposedly originally planned, so gags were added (a creature pops up from a toilet -- so hilarious!) to create the supposed "horror-comedy" that resulted. Bercovici also denies that this was a rip-off of the earlier Gremlins. In any case, the movie doesn't make sense, as a whole or even by its own internal logic. Is it a comedy? It certainly seems unintentionally funny, but that's not really how comedy works. Watch out for Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU in a small role.
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