Thursday, November 20, 2014

THE 'BURBS (1989)

Some noisy neighbors on a cul-de-sac have absolutely nothing better to do all day and night than spy on their new neighbors...and with good reason: these fuckers are weird as fuck!  You wouldn't want them living next to you, that's for sure.  As the film opens, it's late at night and Hanks is investigating some strange noises coming from the neighbor's basement.  The next day his other neighbors dare him to go knock on the creepy neighbor's door.  He does, but with bad results.  Things just escalate and escalate from there until the street looks like a war zone.

THE 'BURBS was an alright ride.  I knew the basic premise of the story beforehand and was hoping that it was going to be balls to the wall crazy.  But I should have known better cause it was pretty tame.  Still I got a few chuckles out of it.  Plus I finally discovered where that sample from Blood Freak's "Carnage Castle" came from!!!

Nowhere near as dark as it should have been, Corey Feldman acting cool, zero gore, zero blood, zero nudity, Tom Hanks freaking out, multiple references to Satan.  Worth a watch.  I'd love to see a remake by Takashi Miike or Shion Sono.

If you need me I'll be in my room reading Richard Matheson's "The Distributor".