Sunday, October 11, 2015

Halloween Movie Month: Ghoulies go to College

Ghoulies go to College (a.k.a. Ghoulies III) (1991)

The ancient toilet demons return, this time brought to life by a college dean.  Of course, the ghoulies are brought back during college prank week, so all of their shenanigans are believed to be the result of campus fraternities.

I have not seen the first two Ghoulies movies, so I have nothing to compare this one to.  However, I do know that it is about demonic creatures that come from the toilet, so I had a decent idea of what I was getting myself into.  However, just because I knew what I was getting into, that does not necessarily mean that I enjoyed it.

There really isn't much to say about Ghoulies go to College.  The entire movie is a schlocky, pun-filled, early 90s college movie with slapstick humor, sound effects that are worse than a cartoon, swearing, nudity, and cheesy acting.  The Ghoulies movies came out around the same time as Critters and Gremlins, with the sequels all coming out around the same time as well.  I really enjoy Critters  and Gremlins, so I was hoping that Ghoulies would be just as fun.  Instead, it feels like someone said "I want a Gremlins knock-off, but with none of the heart.  And poop jokes.  More poop jokes.  Nope...still more poop jokes."

Rating and Recommendation:  1.5/5.  Ghoulies go to College was pretty stupid, but with just enough bits to where I can see how some people would consider it a cult film.  Since I hadn't seen the first two Ghoulies movies, I did not have any sort of connection to, or fondness of, the characters.  Maybe if I had seen them when I was younger and all the "cool" jokes were poop jokes, I might have enjoyed it more.  As it is, I think that it could be a lot of fun for watching a really stupid movie with some friends, but other than that you can easily pass this one without really missing anything. 

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- The Gargyle

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