ABCs of Horror: G is for Ghoulies (1985)


So, you’re back for another lesson?  Today’s lesson, Ghoulies!

Ghoulies is a 1985 horror movie about little creepy monsters who reside in this house.  It begins with, I guess Jonathan’s father doing a ritual and being defeated and someone escapes with the baby.  Later, Jonathan inherits his family house and finds all of his father’s occult, stuff.  He has a party and invites his crazy friends and when they cannot figure out what to do next, he suggests doing a ritual.  He has been reading a book left behind by his father.  After the ceremony we see the Ghoulies, these little monsters.

His powers grow and he eventually has glowing green eyes.  He uses his friends and has some kind of “sun glasses” party and preforms another ritual.  The ritual resurrects his father.  Then there are these dwarfs who help out…strange.

The Ghoulies are these little puppets that can barely move.  They are creepy and tiny and dangerous.

The movie is slow and really not good.  The actors are blah and pretty much 1980s cliches.  The story is very flimsy and really, I think this movie could have been better and now could be a time to remake it.  I am surprised there are three sequels.  I will say one thing, Ghoulies 2 is far better.  I do like the Gothic tones and setting of the movie.  The house is a classic haunted house and plucked right from a Halloween movie and I don’t mean Michael Myers.

Would I suggest Ghoulies, sure.  It is a silly fun movie and the sequel is even more fun.  I have never sat down and watched the other two.  I don’t know that these movies could ever scare anyone.  I remember seeing Ghoulies when I was 5 or 6 years old and tried watching it again when I was 24. and turned it off.  But now, seeing it again, it is like a kids horror movie, like R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps, with a kill count. has a rating of 4.0

I would give it at least a 5.0

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Who am I? I am a widower now, father of two amazing children. I co-created the website, Nightfall Unlimited with a good friend of mine. Nightfall Unlimited was a great learning experience for me and I learned a lot from so many great people. I had the chance to dip my toes into blogging and even social networking. Now, we are here, the Horror Syndicate is nearly a year old and we are having fun! There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. Since then, I have built a nice horror film collection of my own and started a Facebook Horror Group, The Horror Movie Massacre. I wrote for Nightfall and Rage of Rayzor, realized there is a lot of horror content I wanted to put out. So, I drafted some fellow horror fans to make a site, run by fans, for fans and here we are. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)