Friday, October 30, 2015

The 'Burbs (1989)

Director: Joe Dante

Writer: Dana Olsen

Composer:  Jerry Goldsmith

Starring: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, Henry Gibson, Brother Theodore, Courtney Gains, Gale Gordon, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo, Cory Danziger, Franklyn Ajaye, Rance Howard

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A comedy about one nice guy who gets pushed too far.

Plot: An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitary neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.

My rating: 9/10

Will I watch it again? Yes!!!

I fucking love this movie. The theater I saw this in was one that had swivel chairs, tables and servers to bring you pizza and beer.  The chairs were hell on your ass but you pushed through it for all of the other awesome amenities.   The cast is fantastic, the story is fun, the score is playful as shit and Joe Dante's sense of humor is all in this.  Rick Ducommun is priceless.  He's one of my favorite things about picture and it's a damn shame that he didn't hit the big time. That story he tells about the ice cream guy has the right amount of creep factor to sell the film.  Dante straddled the horror/comedy line skillfully letting each have their moments to shine.  This is one of those 'special' films that puts me in my happy place.

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