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Peanut Butter Solution [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mathew Mackay, Siluck Saysanasy, Alison Darcy, Michael Hogan, Michel Maillot
  • Directors: Michael Rubbo
  • Writers: Michael Rubbo, Andrée Pelletier, Louise Pelletier, Vojtech Jasný
  • Producers: Jim Kaufman, Nicole Robert, Rock Demers
  • Format: Color, EP, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: July 28, 1994
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303213936
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

An eleven-year-old boy embarks on an adventure in an abandoned mansion with frightening secrets and friendly ghosts who pass on magic potions made of peanut butter.

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For years, I have been trying to figure out the name of the creepy movie i saw when i was 9, where a boy lost his hair, put something on his head that made it grow, it grew too fast, blah blah kidnapping, magic paintbrushes, etc. etc. Now I know, and it feels good...like a warm snuggly blanket.
There should be a society called The Peanut Butter Solution Viewers Anonymous... for all the innocents who saw this movie in their youth, only to be haunted by it and be told by their friends and loved ones that they are liars and this movie doesn't exist (but Mommy, it is real).
To add insult to injury, I recently found the trailer online and (certain that victory was mine) played it for my so-called friends (who dared to call me a liar...i hope they burn). ONLY to find that the trailer is the most ridiculously sugary bit 'o film accompanied by an organ grinder's stupid muzak (and not the creepy film experience we all know it to be). So now I'm not a liar... I'm just a huge silly chicken. That's okay, though, I'm still in my happy place. B/c this movie is real.
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By A Customer on April 10, 2002
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In 1987 when i was 5 years old, i saw this movie for the first and only time with my older sister who was 7. after we saw the movie, we had dreams about it for years. after we got older and stopped having the dreams, the movie was a vague memory. i just remembered very little while my sister remembered much more. but the one thing that we both couldnt remember was the title. we tried to explain our memories to others to see if they knew, but everyone thought we were crazy. today, april 10th 2002, i decided to go with my memories and try and find the title on the internet. after about 30 minutes of searching, i finally found the title, "The Peanut Butter Solution." i was so thrilled! i called my sister up and told her the great news. what i told her gave her goosebumps and she almost cried from relief. my sister is currently ordering the movie from amazon so we can continue to enjoy the movie for years to come. and maybe even stir up those old dreams again.
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By AMFM on November 29, 2004
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Discussing movies over dinner with my brother recently, he tells me he's been looking for this movie called "The Peanut Butter Solution" that he had seen as a kid. The weird thing is, I had been looking for it too! As I'm trying to hunt down a copy for him for Christmas, I come here and find that all the reviews written are by people expressing the same awe that I felt about this movie...trippy movie from childhood...stuck in my head...paintbrushes made from hair...etc.

This movie is a typical bizarre, spooky, borderline scary, 70's/80's movie. I don't know what the obsession was of making acid trippy kids movies was back in those days, but this definitely falls in that category. The entrancing plot might be a little frightening or intense for kids UNDER the age of ten. I was right around ten when it came out and I found it creepy yet intriguing, not scary. To kind of gauge it, it's comparable to the darker Harry Potter movies, or the trippy 70's Krofft shows, or as someone else mentioned, Return to Oz (which was considerably darker than the original). I do highly recommend The Peanut Butter Solution, as movies with plots that really stick with you over the years like this one are rarely made these days.
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All of these things here are true: the eery quality, the vague recollections, the fact that it has stayed with all of us to adulthood. (Well, 24 years old!) What's really strange in my case is that ther is this one scene in the movie I remember so strongly that I think about it at least twice a year. However, I had no idea what movie it was from until my friend said, "Do you remember that movie, 'The Peanut Butter something'"? I freaked out and we searched the Internet til we found it. I hadn't thought about the name of the movie in SO long. Then I realized it had the scene I remembered: the toilet paper hanging off the stick so as to not wake the mean old guy with the invisible strings attached to rings on his knuckles while he slept! I was so overjoyed when I found this out. It arrived in the mail, and is waiting patiently to be watched after I get off work!! If you have even the slightest recollection of this movie, watch it again!
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There seems to be a running theme here and on imdb.com's listing of this movie where people who have seen this movie as children thought the movie was a dream.

Myself, I thought the plot of the movie was a nightmare i had. I actually thought my 'nightmare' had been a movie that i had recalled, but recounting my nightmare to people they said there was no way that was a kids movie.

Then, I have a friend tell me about this movie, and like many evidentally, It freaked me out to realize it WAS a film, and I hadn't just made it up.

This movie from what i remember is bizarre, to say the least but has made an impression on almost every kid who saw it. Not your normal kids movie.

Oddly enough directed by the guy who made the landmark documentary Waiting for Fidel.

Someone release this!
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I watched this movie over and over so many times when I was younger I had it memorized. The part that creeped me out the most was the scene with the live paintings. I felt sorry for the boy who couldn't grow hair, and the peanutbutter solution making your hair grow reminded me a little of Frecklejuice giving you freckles. I was surprised when it actually worked on him..
It is not your ordinary film, has a very twisted yet fascinating plot. If you liked this you will probably also like Return to Oz and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen--two other fantastic films. I could not find the right version Return to Oz on here. It has that girl who played Nancy in The Craft as Dorothy, so you know it's an old film.
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