Parents' Guide to

Ghoulies

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cheesy, low-budget '80s horror film has violence, cursing.

Movie PG-13 1985 81 minutes
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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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