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Shrunken Heads (1994)

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When three N.Y. kids are murdered, the local Hatiian voodoo priest re-animates their shrunken heads to exact revenge. Complications arise between one of the heads and his former girlfriend.

Director:

Richard Elfman

Writers:

Charles Band (original story idea), Matthew Bright (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julius Harris ... Mr. Sumatra
Meg Foster ... Big Moe
Aeryk Egan Aeryk Egan ... Tommy Larson
Rebecca Herbst ... Sally (as Becky Herbst)
A.J. Damato A.J. Damato ... Vinnie
Bo Sharon Bo Sharon ... Bill Turner
Darris Love ... Freddie Thompson
Bodhi Elfman ... Booger Martin
Troy Fromin ... Podowski
Leigh-Allyn Baker ... Mitzi
Paul Linke ... Mr. Larson
Billye Ree Wallace Billye Ree Wallace ... Mrs. Wilson
R.J. Frost R.J. Frost ... The Vipers
Randy Vahan Randy Vahan ... Plumber
Don Dolan Don Dolan ... Arresting Cop
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When three N.Y. kids are murdered, the local Hatiian voodoo priest re-animates their shrunken heads to exact revenge. Complications arise between one of the heads and his former girlfriend.

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They're superheroes from the heads...to their necks.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cabeças Voadoras See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The majority of the actors in the bus scene, with the exception of director Richard Elfman, were actually video store employees who won their roles as part of a contest. See more »

Goofs

When Sally's walking as Vinnie and the Vipers approach her in their station-wagon, she's walking on the right side of their car, but when Mr. Sumatra gets her attention, she's suddenly on their left side, and there was enough time of her being out of the picture for her to cross the street when Vinnie was stopped by a few pedestrians crossing the street. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Sumatra: I will pluck out your tongues with bull cutters and roast them, and I will take your brains and chill them for the purposes of garnishment.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits Mitzi is seen talking to a big woman. She turns and screams when she sees Big Moe and Vinnie cleaning up garbage after being turned into zombies. See more »

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A "3D" DVD of the film, released by Razor Digital in 2007, features a TV Print of the film featuring two puppets providing MST3K-style commentary towards the film. See more »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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No One Lives Forever
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Preposterous fun
22 September 2002 | by Dan_HarklessSee all my reviews

Okay, if you've seen Richard Elfman's brilliant slab of cult film cheese "Forbidden Zone", don't be expecting the same level of quality from this film. The fact that Richard didn't write this one is probably the main reason for that, but the direction, too, is merely workmanlike, for the most part. Don't be expecting the wild stylistic flourishes seen in "Zone"'s tribute to 1930s cinema.

This (1994) film does sort of seem to be a tribute to low-budget 1980s cinema, but this may have just been because the film had been in development since then. Or maybe this was due to the hand of schlock horror producer Charles Band, who probably wishes that the 80s had never ended. (But schlockmeister though he may be, he does deserve some credit for keeping Richard Elfman off the streets.)

As a more-imaginative-than-average B horror flick, this movie does have some things going for it. First off, the premise is indeed enjoyable for its sheer ridiculousness. I think the film would have done well to get into this good stuff much quicker than it did. Pretending to be a non-supernatural "kids in a tough neighborhood" film for the first half hour was pretty pointless, although anyone coming across the movie on TV and not knowing what it was about would be in for an amusing shock at the end of the first act when the "how will our heroes get out of this one?" moment arrives and they _don't_ (or at least, not exactly).

Other things to recommend the film include the wonderfully twisted idea of living dead zombies who are doomed to clean up litter in back alleyways, the hot little piece of jailbait ass portrayed by Rebecca Herbst, the Danny Elfman theme, the inspired use of a mostly instrumental remix of Oingo Boingo's "No One Lives Forever", and, as someone else mentioned, one of the most circumstantially hilarious instances of the ubiquitous ripping off of Elfman's "Edward Scissorhands" theme.

I just wish the filmmakers could have gotten Julius Harris to fake a Haitian accent (even a shaky one would have done). This would have lent a smidge of credibility and would have made Sumatra's oddly flowery dialogue go over better.

Someone else said to run away if you see this flick on the Sci-Fi Channel, but I'd say if you have a taste for this sort of entertainment, _seek_it_out_ there, as this film is out-of-print on video and is hard to come by. Indeed, Sci-Fi Channel's "Elvira"-derived "William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night" horror film festival series made a good platform for the film, though the cuts to clean up the R-rated gore were somewhat jarring.


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