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4.0 out of 5 stars They'll get you in the end, and into your DVD player.
An MGM double feature, featuring the first two of four movies in the Ghoulies franchise. Ghoulies involves Johnathan Graves (Peter Liapis), a college student who inherits a family estate. When he finds black magic paraphenalia, he winds up conjruing up the title characters, as well as his long dead dad. Can he stop them? Ghoulies II involoves the operators of Satan's Den,...
Published on September 16, 2003 by Mary A. Palkowski

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Ghoulies (1985) ***1/2 (of ****)
Strange film about a man (Peter Liapis) who inherits a house for his 23rd birthay. As soon as he moves in with his girlfriend, he is instantly shoved into a world of black magic, bringing to elves from the spirit world as well as a bunch of slimy monsters. Fun movie doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's eerie and dark and...
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4.0 out of 5 stars They'll get you in the end, and into your DVD player., September 16, 2003
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Mary A. Palkowski "marskee" (Milwaukee, WI United States, Satellite of Love) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ghoulies / Ghoulies II (Double Feature) (DVD)
An MGM double feature, featuring the first two of four movies in the Ghoulies franchise. Ghoulies involves Johnathan Graves (Peter Liapis), a college student who inherits a family estate. When he finds black magic paraphenalia, he winds up conjruing up the title characters, as well as his long dead dad. Can he stop them? Ghoulies II involoves the operators of Satan's Den, a haunted house for a fair. When the ghoulies hitch a ride by hiding in Satan's Den, they bring big bucks to the fair, until Uncle Ned (Royal Dano) finds out they have killed a couple of the workers. Can he, his nephew Larry, and short actor Sir Nigel Pennywight (Phil Fondacaro) stop them? This also has a scene that delivers on the original's advertising campaign. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the bathroom....
Both movies are low budget films by Charles Band, pre-dating Full Moon Pictures. The cats in both films do great jobs for what they are given. The direction is what you would expect for low budget films. Both films are shown in widescreen anamorphic formats, and look like they have been taken fresh from the lab. the sound on both is great sounding Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. They are standard releases from MGM, with only trailers, but the low price warrants purchase for fans of the horror genre or MST3K.
GHOULIES
(1985, PG-13)
Johnathan Graves: Peter Liapis
Rebecca: Lisa Pelikan
Malcom Graves: Michael Des Barres
Wolfgang: Jack Nance
Grizzel: Peter Risch
Greedigut: Tamara De Treaux
Director: Luca Bercovici
Writers: Luca Bercovici, Jefery Levy
MOVIE: 3
VIDEO: 5
AUDIO: 5
EXTRAS: 2
MENUS: 3
OVERALL: 4
GHOULIES II
(1987, PG-13)
Larry: Damon Martin
Uncle Ned: Royal Dano
Sir Nigel Pennywight: Phil Fondacaro
P. Hardin: J. Downing
Nicole: Kerry Remsen
Dixie: Dale Wyatt
Director: Albert Band
Writers: Charlie Dolan, Dennis Paoli
MOVIE: 4
VIDEO: 5
AUDIO: 5
EXTRAS: 2
MENUS: 3
OVERALL: 4
DISC OVERALL: 4
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent MGM Double Feature DVD!, August 27, 2003
This review is from: Ghoulies / Ghoulies II (Double Feature) (DVD)
MGM has done an admirable job for this new Double Feature DVD. It contains both Ghoulies and Ghoulies 2, both presented in Animorphic Widescreen with their original theatrical trailers. The picture and sound are as good as we're ever going to see these two films on DVD. A great value, even if you only wish to buy it for one of the movies.
GHOULIES was an early release from Charles Band and Empire Pictures, predating the later Full Moon Pictures. The budget was fairly low for the mid-1980's, but it is still an enjoyable late-night film.
GHOULIES 2 was the sequel and probably had a little larger budget. It featured more talented actors (Royal Dano, Phil Fondacaro, Starr Andreeff, Sasha Jenson) and the Ghoulies are a little more animate than in the original movie. On a whole it is better than the original in many ways.
There were two more later sequels (Parts 3 & 4) to the Ghoulies franchise...maybe they will also come to DVD someday soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghouliehighharmony, March 24, 2007
This review is from: Ghoulies / Ghoulies II (Double Feature) (DVD)
Before he created his crap factory, Full Moon Pictures, Charles Band still prefered his horrors in small sizes. Ghoulies and Ghoulies 2 are enjoyable schlock, but nothing too fantastic. Maybe it's the fact that they're tongues aren't far enough into their cheeks to be very funny, or that the subject matter just isn't scary. There are moments of intentional humor, but these films actually seem to be taking themselves a bit too seriously. The first film is about a poor man's Eric Roberts moving into his satan worshipping father's house. While there, he gets uncontrollable urges to indulge in satanic rituals and conjure up the Ghoulies. If the Ghoulies are the most terrifying thing Hell has to offer, we don't need to worry too much. Ya gotta wonder why he even bothers conjuring them coz all they really seem to do is lurk about and eat his food rather than provide him with the satanic wisdom he craves. He also conjures a pair of midgets who look as though they belong in a King Arthur film. All of this builds up to a final confrontation with the resurrected father of the "hero". The Ghoulies are second string characters. Jack Nance somehow found his way into this. Also be on the lookout for Detective Benson(Mariska Hargitay) form Law and Order SVU! This film is pretty fun. It's schlocky, unintentionally funny at times, and rather morbid for it's PG-13 rating. Of course this was back when PG-13 actually had some balls. The second film has the Ghoulies infiltrating a house of horrors at a travelling carnival. I'm in the minority when I say this actually was fun to watch as well. Once again the film makers aren't quite sure if they want to make a spoof or a serious scare flick, but it works on a pure entertainment level. Genre favorites Royal Dano and Phil Fondacaro are along for the ride this time. And check out the man-sized Ghoulie eating Ghoulie at the end! Again, these movies are harmless junkfood. Maybe not as good as Critters, but alot better than the sludge Charles Band puts out now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "THEY'LL GET YOU IN THE END.", July 10, 2004
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This review is from: Ghoulies / Ghoulies II (Double Feature) (DVD)
These are two of the greatest B movie classics of the 80s I've ever seen. It's low-budget cinema at its finest and never ceases to entertain an audience. The Ghoulies are one of the most popular monster movies ever made and though the special effects are cheesy and the acting is sometimes bad, it's all in all a scary (and FUNNY!) movie series. (Though 3 & 4 sucked!) With this DVD, you get two great movies for one low price in a special double feature bundle all in one single disk! They are both the original "Ghoulies" & the sequel "Ghoulies II".
"GHOULIES" (1985)
Rating: ****
The one that started it all! A story about young Jonathan and his girlfriend, Rebecca who inherit a mansion which used to be used for an evil cult. After Jonathan finds a mysterious book about summoning demons, all hell breaks loose! (literally!) But soon the evil also corrupts Johnny and the little demons called Ghoulies obey his every command as their master. The original master of the Ghoulies rises from his grave (close to Jonathan and Rebecca's home coincidently) and from there the troublemaking, toilet gurgling monsters begin to kill all of Jonathan's guests! Regretting his actions after losing his one true love and friends, Jonathan does battle with the evil warlock.
OVERALL: Good! This one has some of the most cheesiest special effects in the WHOLE series considering all the Ghoulies are mostly puppets. There's also plenty of bad acting and ridiculous jokes involved so don't expect an academy award from this turkey except to have a good time watching it for it's grand entertainment. RATED: PG-13 for mild violence, drug use, brief sexuality, and some language.
"GHOULIES II" (1987)
Rating: *****
A LOT better than the original! The second installment picks up where the first left off. The Ghoulies are nearly destroyed by an old man but one of them is able to put him out quickly. After hitching a ride in the infamous 'Satan's Den', a travelling haunted house attraction owned by a young boy named Larry and his uncle Ned, they wind up at the local town carnival and from there, once again the demons start wreaking havoc! The attraction quickly makes a fortune, thanks to the efforts of the Ghoulies. (or "rats" as the tourists call them) However, some of the people who enter the hanuted house never come back out alive! When Uncle Ned is killed by them however, Larry vows to destroy them all before even more innocent people are killed!
OVERALL: Great! A VERY fun and exciting sequel with an even higher budget than that of the first. The Ghoulies effects in this one are simply amazing for its time and even the acting is well done at times. It's also a better black comedy than that of the first, and the Ghoulies are funny (but incredibly SCARY!) at the same time. Believe it or not, this one actually gave me nightmares! I especially enjoyed the climatic ending, where the Ghoulies run amok in the carnival and begin cooking up more of their mischief! The giant demon-eating Ghoulie is possibly the most cheesiest I've ever seen and looks almost as if it's a Halloween costume somebody's wearing. (Godzilla anyone?) I loved this one more than the original! RATED: R for graphic violence, sexual references, and some language. Well in this DVD, it got changed to PG-13, but I do agree with some of these reviewers here that it should've been R rated because there is plenty of shocking blood and gore to be found in this one.
All-in-all a fun trip back in time to one of the most popular 80s horror flicks and goes excellent with some soda (or beer) and popcorn! MGM did a good job with remastering these cult classics and both films are in their WIDESCREEN anamorphic format, giving the viewer a more theatrical feel to them. Sure they're not the best in the world, but for those of you starting up a horror collection (like me) they are worth owning and watching over and over again! Just be sure to check all the toilets in your house the next time you decide to use the bathroom! :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars They'll get you in the end., June 5, 2006
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Matthew C. Lupoli (North Haven, CT United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ghoulies / Ghoulies II (Double Feature) (DVD)
PLOT:

I. Ghoulies (1985): The film begins in the basement of a large mansion on a dark night. A satanic cult is preparing some sort of ritual there. The leader of the cult, Malcolm Graves (Michael Des Barres), unmasks himself to reveal his green glowing eyes. He starts chanting something in Latin and then puts a new-born infant on the altar. Before he can sacrifice the child to Satan, his wife runs up and snatches it, revealing it to be their own child. She puts a protective amulet around the baby's neck. When Malcolm tries to touch the baby, he gets shocked and orders the baby to be taken away forever. One of the cultists, Wolfgang (Jack Nance), takes the baby and gets him to safety. Malcolm then has his wife take the place of their infant son. Wolfgang becomes sour with the whole Satanist thing and decides to keep the young baby, Jonathan Graves, safe from all evil. He becomes the caretaker of the estate and looks after Jonathan as the years go by. Malcolm later suffers a horrible death. Twenty years later, an adult Jonathan (Peter Liapsis) returns to inherit the estate with his fiancee Rebecca (Lisa Pelikan). The place is a wreck but he decides to fix it up. Upon going into the basement, Jonathan discovers all of his parent's old Satanist stuff. He becomes intrigued by the book of spells that he finds. He later gets really caught up with it all and raises the Ghoulies--impish minions from Hell who are sworn to do his bidding. Fortunately, the Ghoulies won't harm anyone as long as Jonathan can control them and keep them out of sight, but what Jonathan doesn't realize is that all of this Satanic magic is slowly beginning to control him!

II. Ghoulies II (1987): The film begins not too long after the events of the first film. A radical Christian has stolen the Ghoulies from a Satanist group and has put them in a large sack. Upon fleeing from the angry cultists, the old man hides in a mechanic's garage. He finds a big metal drum filled with acid and throws the sack in. Afterwards, a winged Ghoulie flies down and knocks him into the acid as well. The man liquifies almost instantly, but the Ghoulies inside the sack were unaffacted by the acid. They go outside and hitch a ride inside a traveling carnival attraction called "Satan's Den." The haunted house attraction is owned by Larry (Damon Martin) and his Uncle Ned (Royal Dano). Once they get to the carnival grounds, the son of the carnival's owner, a real dick-head named P. Hardin (J. Downing), tells everyone that any attraction that isn't making enough money will be shut down. Larry and Ned quickly get nervous because the attraction hasn't been doing very well, but suddenly they start attracting a huge audience of people. Every customer that comes out says that the "little monsters" are a riot. Uncle Ned thinks that he summonned the Ghoulies with some bogus spell he recited to get business going. What everyone doesn't know is that the good times are about to get very very bad.

COMMENTS: Ghoulies is one of those '80s films that everyone's heard of, everyone's seen the poster for, but hardly anyone has seen. Many people have referred to this as a ripoff of Gremlins (1984) along with other films like Critters (1986) and Munchies (1987). In actuality, the project began in 1983 under the working title Beasties. It seems that the makers wanted the film to be a serious horror film about Satanic cults and black magic, but in the end the things that everyone remembered was the probably unintentional screwball comedy and the Ghoulies themselves, who are actually minor characters in the film. The second film, however, is totally a ripoff of Gremlins. The Ghoulies are now the main characters of the film and the screwball comedy is totally intentional. The puppets used in the second film were a big improvement over the ones of the first film (while at the same time still having the same overall appearance of the original Ghoulies). There is also a scene where the Ghoulies are stop motion puppets, so the audience can see their full bodies walking around. Neither one of these films are that great, but they are just worth seeing because they are so ridiculous. Ghoulies II was later followed by Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College (1991) and Ghoulies IV (1994). The Ghoulies look the same in the third film, but the puppets are much larger than in the first two films. The final film tried to take the franchise back to themes from the first film, and Peter Liapsis reprises his role of Jonathan Graves, now a cop out to stop a sorceress who has taken up his old hobby of raising Ghoulies. Unfortunately, the Ghoulies of the 4th film in no way resemble the Ghoulies of the previous films. They're just dwarf actors running around in these horrible suits that make them look like extras from Troll (1986). This DVD contains both of the films in the original widescreen theatrical ratio. Unfortunatle the only extras on the disc are the theatrical trailers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars B-Movie Classics!, August 10, 2003
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"meh-hole" (Fort Lewis, WA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Ghoulies / Ghoulies II (Double Feature) (DVD)
These two flicks are personal favorites of mine (Ghoulies 2 is the first movie I remember seeing). I just got the DVD, and was a little let down. Why can't MGM dual layer their discs? Flippers are outdated and pointless. And how about a printed chapter listing or something? MGM used pack in a collectable booklet in every disc, but they stopped for some reason. I do like the artwork (love it, actually), and the transfers are amazing for these films, but that's no excuse for having a flipper. The low price somewhat makes up for it, though.
Be warned - these are very cheesy, and you pretty much had to be raised on'em to like'em.
Movies - 5/5
Packaging and Disc - 2/5
Overall - 4/5
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3.0 out of 5 stars One Good, One Bad, January 10, 2004
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This review is from: Ghoulies / Ghoulies II (Double Feature) (DVD)
Ghoulies (1985) ***1/2 (of ****)
Strange film about a man (Peter Liapis) who inherits a house for his 23rd birthay. As soon as he moves in with his girlfriend, he is instantly shoved into a world of black magic, bringing to elves from the spirit world as well as a bunch of slimy monsters. Fun movie doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's eerie and dark and entertaining. Rated PG-13
Ghoulies 2 (1987) *1/2 (of ****)
Dreadful follow-up to the original GHOULIES finds the slimeballs wreaking havoc at a carnival. Pointless, stupid and weak in all areas, what makes it right higher than 0 stars is the (very few) chuckles it gets. Not recommended. Rated PG-13
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2, March 20, 2010
This review is from: Ghoulies / Ghoulies II (Double Feature) (DVD)
Ghoulies

Upon returning to his family's abandoned mansion, Jonathan realizes he has inherited his father's powers of sorcery, which he uses to unwittingly unleash a handful of demons known as The Ghoulies! The tiny terrors run amok, getting into mischief and killing their unfortunate hosts before Jonathan summons the strength to defeat them. GHOULIES is good old fashioned B-Movie monster fun from Charles Band's early production company Empire Pictures (also responsible for TROLL and other campy classics). John Carl Buechler's creature designs are both creepy and original, even if the cheapness of the latex hand puppets shines through. One can't ignore the similarities between the film and its obvious influence GREMLINS, but it does enough to distinguish its own identity through its dark Fantasy roots in arcane magic. Rather than trying to mask its low budget, GHOULIES revels in its cheesy acting, confusing and pointless plot, and dated special FX. Its greatest faults lie in its weak structure and pacing, two distracting elements that make the first film less entertaining than its sequel. There is still plenty to like for the average B-Movie fan, making this a fun if not silly and stupid 80s sleeper!

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Ghoulies 2

The operators of a traveling spook house pick up some unlikely hitchhikers when The Ghoulies begin terrorizing carnival goers at their most recent stop! GHOULIES 2 shows a tremendous improvement over the first film, with the increased budget being reflected in the recognizable cast, improved special effects, and larger setting. John Carl Buechler's new Ghoulies are larger, meaner, and much more mobile; they are also free standing, and no longer show the cheapness of the rubber hand puppets used in the original. Several stop-motion animation shots have also been added to give the creatures more validity as they run amok and get in to all sorts of mischief. While the gore has increased as well, the lighter tone creates a kid-friendly atmosphere, while providing enough laughs and kills to entertain the older crowds. The carnival backdrop is a fun and colorful setting, which provides the creatures with plenty of hapless new victims and brightly-lit attractions to dismantle. GHOULIES 2 is the definitive film in the series, and an enjoyable entry for creature and B-movie fans.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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3.0 out of 5 stars How could we not watch the film that inspired Hobgoblins?, October 13, 2009
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With Octoberfest horror film number 14 it was about time to go with a nice creature feature. Having such a huge variety of b creature flicks to choose from we decided to go with somewhat of a cult classic known as Ghoulies from 1985. Really combining many essentials like killer hand puppets, horrible 80's actors, and a couple of dwarfs (considered elves to us of course)is what gave it the green light. Not to mention we believe this had to be the inspiration for the creation of Hobgoblins four years later. So due to this thought we will be taking a different approach with this review by awarding one of these two films king of the killer puppet b.

Ghoulies starts off with Jonathan (who looks like a b Eric Roberts if that's possible) and his lady Rebeca who are college kids. When Jonathan inherits his deceased sorcerer fathers house he takes the semester off to fix it up. Only he finds some black magic books and becomes obsessed with the blacks arts. Long story short, he throws a sweet 80's party and plays a little game with his good time buddies bringing the ghoulies and a couple elf servants out from their dark depths. The rest is filled with b hand puppet action and his father coming back from the dead to take care of biz. Naturally despite the evil Dad's powers, Johnathan and his buddies somehow manage to get through the ordeal to never to be heard from again amongst the film community.

As far as ghoulies goes it was about what we were expecting. Very entertaining especially from the overwhelming 80's vibe going on. There were a handful of dull parts but was pretty fun with moments of boozing, reefer smoking, great possessed green eye effects, elf servants, AC Slater like sunglasses with windshield wiper blades, and very cheap creature action. For anyone to bash it is somewhat ridiculous for the sheer fact of the films basis. You should know what you're gonna get just from the description and cover. Now for who will reign supreme is a tough question. See Hobgoblins is a Sid favorite, but only the MST3K version. If that version goes up against Ghoulies it wins hands down. But to be fair and just take the original films themselves Ghoulies wins hands down for killer puppet b. It was a close race, but the elves gave it the edge. How could it not?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where Is Ghoulies 3?, April 24, 2009
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Where is Ghoulies 3, the best of the series? They released 1, 2 & 4 but no 3!!
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