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Frightful October Horror Movie Picks – DAY 12

October 13, 2013

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“The ‘Burbs”

This was on late last night, and I couldn’t help but relish in this movie once again. It’s a childhood favorite of mine, and one of my favorite Tom Hanks comedies ever. “The ‘burbs” is not really a horror movie per-say, but it borrows elements from horror films and tempos from Hitchcock movies, like “Rear Window”. Ray and his crazy friend Art are convinced that their new neighbors, the Klopeks may in fact be a family of mass murdering psycho paths. After finding a human bone near their missing neighbors home, Ray and Art go to great, and hilarious lengths, to prove if the Klopeks are indeed who they are.

Like Day 11’s pick, this is another direction from master of weird/hilarity, Joe Dante. One of the biggest pieces of credit you have to give this simple 80s dark-comedy is that it was made during the writer’s strike, and because of that, nearly 70% of the movie was improvised. Wow, I guess supporting talent Corey Feldman does have talent after all, weird. Hanks is great as the average Joe who’s no longer going to take it anymore from society holding him down, and Bruce Dern is a treasure as the on his edge militarized neighbor Lt. Rumsfield. Not to mention you’ve got a dynamite/trippy score by Dante companion Jerry Goldsmith. Again, not a movie to watch for scares, but a great dark comedy nonetheless.

Directed by: Joe Dante

Screenply by: Dana Olsen

Starring: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Carrie Fisher, Wendy Schaal and Henry Gibson

The ‘Burbs is now available on iTunes.

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