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February 7, 2010

Flicks: Ghoulies III - Ghoulies Go To College (1991)

Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College
The Ghoulies, now endowed with the power of speech, ponder the philosophical merits of William Blake - for college credit!

The eighties saw a number of high-profile low-brow minature monster movies that included Gremlins (1984), The Munchies (1987), Puppet Master (1989) and the original Ghoulies (1985) which featured the late great Stan Winston's practicals. Clearly, the American public's hunger for blood-thirsty, satanic puppets was at all-time high.

The third installment of the Ghoulies horror-comedy series was delivered up by director and practical effects whiz John Carl Buechler (pronounced Beekler) who had previously unleashed Troll (1986) and Cellar Dweller (1982) on an unsuspecting American movie-going public. The movie was, and still is, so bad that it still hasn't been commercially released on DVD in the US in the 20 years since it landed in theaters in 1991.

Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College
Needless to say, Hope Marie Carlton's "acting lessons" really paid off in the end.

Six years after the original film, enter series anchor Professor Ragnar. Kevin McCarthy, star of the original Invasion of The Body Snatchers in 1957, with the power of a comic book embued with mystical powers (!) releases the evil Ghoulies on a dim-witted college campus.

In this chapter, the creatures have developed the ability to lip synch Three Stooges episodes where previously they had blearily growled, grunted and meowed their yuppie victims to death. Hijinks and zaniness ensues. Great racks bounce their way across the screen. Toilets are dwelled in. Yuppies are snuffed. Credits are rolled.


References:
Wikipedia, Ghoulies Series
IMDB, Ghoulies III
Self Indulgence, Ghoulies III
Ghoul Basement, Ghoulies Go To College


Ghoulies III is available at:
Ghoulies DVD's on Amazon

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