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Ghoulies (1984)

A young man and his girlfriend move into an old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a desire to control ancient demons.

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Luca Bercovici
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Liapis ... Jonathan Graves
Lisa Pelikan ... Rebecca
Michael Des Barres ... Malcolm Graves
Jack Nance ... Wolfgang
Peter Risch Peter Risch ... Grizzel
Tamara De Treaux Tamara De Treaux ... Greedigut
Scott Thomson ... Mike
Ralph Seymour ... Mark (Toad Boy)
Mariska Hargitay ... Donna
Keith Joe Dick ... Dick
David Dayan David Dayan ... Eddie
Victoria Catlin ... Anastasia
Charene Cathleen Charene Cathleen ... Robin
Bobbie Bresee ... Temptress
Jamie Bronow Jamie Bronow ... Jonathan Graves, as a child
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Storyline

A young man and his girlfriend move into an old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a desire to control ancient demons.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They'll get you in the end!

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beasties See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Began life in 1983 as a project called "Beasties", which was to be directed by Charles Band, with creature FX by Stan Winston. The pair had previously collaborated on the monster movie Parasite (1982). See more »

Goofs

Position of branches and leaves on the grave. See more »

Quotes

[Mike falls over while trying to breakdance]
Mike: I think I broke my head.
Eddie: [standing over Mike] Oh, thank God. I thought that you actually hurt yourself.
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Alternate Versions

12 seconds of footage were removed from the American release of Ghoulies in order to achieve a PG-13 rating. See more »

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Soundtracks

Dancing With A Monster
Written and Performed by Fela Johnson
Subliminal Music 1982
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80s B-horror
19 October 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Jonathan Graves inherits his late father's mansion. His father led a cult for Lucifer and tried to kill him as a baby. He was rescued by the caretaker Wolfgang before his father completed the ritual. His girlfriend Rebecca discovers a demonic book in the library. Jonathan discovers the ritual site in the dungeon and his father's notes. Rebecca throws a party with their friends. After the party, Jonathan uses the notes to call up demons and gain demonic powers.

The acting is mostly amateurish. This is notable for a young Mariska Hargitay in a supporting role as one of the friends. Michael Des Barres and Jack Nance are a couple of veteran actors. Nobody is doing great work here. The special effects are somewhat cheesy and not shot that well. The creepy sharp-teethed demons are slimy puppets that are almost funny in their cheesy appearances. Everything screams weak 80s B-horror. All the comedy comes from its cheese.


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