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Meet the Hollowheads

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042JTF1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Written and directed by special effect makeup artist Thomas Burman in his only directorial effort, this black comedy is a satire of 1950s sitcoms. It takes place in a future populated by tentacled creatures which also function as household appliances and food.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd. November 16, 2001
People must wonder why on earth I gave this movie a perfect five star rating.
I watched it and continued to laugh and laugh at how odd beyond odd it is. A must see for all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre Cult Gem March 23, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was wondering if this one would ever come oozing back up from the tubes. Juliette Lewis, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait and Anne "Where's the Beef" Ramsey join an ensemble cast in a story about a subterranean society whose lives depend on an infrastructure of tubes. At the center of this tale is the Hollowhead family, consisting of a hard-working dad with hopes of promotion at the job, a sparkly mom who gets food out of a duct in the wall, a young boy who gets amusement picking parasites from the family (dog?) and slingshotting them into a fan, an older sis whose hormones are in overdrive, an older brother who plays an instrument that resembles a cross between an accordion and a rubber chicken, and of course an eyeball plant that lives in the hallway.
Dad is having the boss over for dinner and needs to make an impression for his promotion, so mom gets busy preparing a special dinner for the occasion. Sis has some partying to do with friends that night, and mom reluctantly gives in to letting her feel grown up and using her "Softening Jelly" before going out. Dad's boss proves to be a true predator of a dinner guest, and things get ugly as the evening evolves into a genuine game of primal survival for the HH family. To complicate matters, sis is escorted back home by the police after they bust the party she went to, who claim that these kids tapped a forbidden feed of some choice "Butt Polish". Of course, this being a family offering, all is somehow made right in the end. But not before considerable fluids are spilled ......
Obviously not for everyone, Meet the Hollowheads is a tweaked-out live action cartoon vision of an alternate universe, sort of a Leave It To Beaver drops acid and goes to Jupiter.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "That's the tale of the tube, in one short spurt..." August 24, 2005
A charming pop-art nightmare piped-in from another dimension, MEET THE HOLLOWHEADS is an unassuming cult sleeper brimming with wit and imagination. Highly stylized with bold colors and cartoonish sets, this zany satire paints a meticulously-detailed picture of an alternate universe where the world rests upon a literal "edge" of eternal nothingness and essentials are delivered through an elaborate network of underground tubes. The story follows a day in the life of the (seemingly) wholesome Hollowhead clan as they deal with all manner of familial strife, not the least of which is an unexpected visit from Mr. Hollowhead's slimy boss Mr. Crabneck, who wastes no time in coming on to Mrs. Hollowhead and proves harder to kill than Wolfgang Kieling in TORN CURTAIN. The playful juxtaposition of sitcom tropes with unhinged surrealism is both amusing and unsettling. Likable performances all around and endlessly quotable dialogue. Butt Polish, Puenetration Boxes, Splat-Spray Games: every other line is awash in mysterious, mostly unexplained jargon. This will no doubt drive some crazy. This movie is not for them. I thought half the fun was in not knowing exactly what the Hell "Softening Jelly" is. This underappreciated gem of the bizarre deserves a better DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 11, 2003
By Brandy
Format:VHS Tape
A cult classic! This movie is absolutley engrossing...and at times simply gross. I loved renting this movie when I was little but time made me forget what it was about...that is until I purchased it a month ago. I even love it more than I did as a child. It's an interesting take on what the future will be like (that is, what the people in the 80's thought the future would be like). Excellent film, go out and buy it today because it's practically impossible to find any place that rents it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I was a big fan of this movie since I discovered it hidden in a dark corner of a video store. It's wildly inventive, crazy, and stupid (but in a good way)!

Amazon lists this disc at under $4 -- and you sure get what you pay for! The DVD is an ultra-bargain basement release. I knew I was in trouble when I saw the box it came in. A half-thick DVD case with video captures for the box art. Not good! I owned the poster back in college.. why wasn't that used?

It's little more than a DVD dub of the VHS version. Colors are smeary, detail is blurry. The audio is muffled. The tape's tracking is bad in spots. Don't expect normal DVD clarity here!

While it's great that this movie is available on DVD, I just wish a little more effort went into this terrible transfer. Worth buying, though!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brackish August 2, 2006
By Bob L
I appreciate the fair warnings about the transfer. I got beat-to-the-punch when someone else stole the only VHS copy I knew of, from the Wherehouse in the late eighties. So, when I happened upon the Laserdisc I added it to my collection of Champagne for Caesar and Susan Slept Here. They seemingly could also only be had in this format, which I'm now grateful for having excellent transfers of all three movies. With such excellent sources as these Laserdiscs, you wonder what could be the problem with making a decent DVD. Champagne for Caesar is also a lousy DVD transfer but it doesn't cost 3.98, it's 22.99.

Well, that being said, this is a marvelous movie. Everyone in it is wonderful though you'd almost have to say this was written expressly for Richard Portnow and John Glover, two extraordinarily gifted and undervalued character actors. Portnow is riotous as Glover's (Hollowhead's) boss Mr. Crabneck. What a name. No one but Glover could play Henry Hollowhead, the Ozzie Nelson of the future. A future where, like The Jetsons world being dominated by sprockets, Henry's world is ruled by and actually comes to the Hollowheads through tubes. Henry started as a lowly reamer and has by hard work and some creative tubing of his own climbed up to lower middle management (probably the equivalent of the lower G.I. tract) and raised up an average family perfectly suited for this tubular world. How well Henry entertains Mr. Crabneck as a dinner guest seems to be the determining factor in Henry's next upward movement. This thing is really wild. My favorite parts are the early Crabneck behavior toward the younger son and the provocative Julliette Lewis and what a reamer wears and does.

There were a bunch of these quirky, inventive family comedies around at this time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars what is it?
I honestly don't know what this is supposed to be. Surely not a movie. I wound up fast-forwarding, trying to figure it what it was supposed to be. I never figured it out. Read more
Published 27 days ago by MK
3.0 out of 5 stars Did they know what they wanted?
I really wanted to love this movie, but it just couldn't seem to gel into an adult movie or kids movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bobcore
5.0 out of 5 stars nice....
this movie was insanely crazy I think the daughter and son had great musical talent this movie was hilariously stupid and funny I definitely would recommend it as a family movie... Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by ashbash
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic
This movie is so weird and fantastic you just can't look away. After watching just a few minutes you will be glued to the screen and think about it years afterwards. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by Krista Cubicleblindness
5.0 out of 5 stars A great cult classic! Funny, weird, great acting -
I love this movie! Weird, but fun - lots of things to think about as you watch it, regarding society, communism, loyalty, family, law and order, etc. Read more
Published on July 22, 2010 by Dennis J. Faulkner
3.0 out of 5 stars How One Family Survives The Future
A day in the life of the Hollowhead family. The action centers around the father bringing the boss home for dinner. Read more
Published on December 6, 2004 by Joshua Koppel
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre surreal and ... stylish?
Imagine: A world where food, makeup, and telephone calls are all delivered through tubes. Medicine is administered through a creature living in your kitchen cabinets. Read more
Published on May 3, 2002 by David Culberson
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