Halloween 13: Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Seeing as how this Halloween falls in the year 2013 the crew at SKC decided to invite 13 of our blogging brethren for a monster-sized countdown, weekdays now until Halloween day, celebrating each person's favorite Halloween movie or animated special.]
When it came time to choose my pick for our Halloween 13 blog-a-thon I was literally stupified. Not because of a lack of choices, but because there are literally way too many! Every one’s choices so far aside there’s still Monster House, Hocus Pocus, Halloween is Grinch Night, Creepshow, The Halloween Tree and more. When it comes right down to it, though, there’s always one movie I HAVE to watch during October and that’s Ernest Scared Stupid.
I wouldn’t say that I’m a diehard Ernest fan. In fact, the bulk of Jm Varney’s wacky, numbskull style of comedy films don’t really appeal to me BUT when it comes to capturing the spirit of my two favorite holidays (Halloween and Christmas) ol’ Ernest P. Worrell has nailed it. As the last Ernest film to hit theaters, Ernest Scared Stupid went out with a real bang, featuring some of the best special FX of the franchise (courtesy of Chiodo Brothers Productions) and an opening credit sequence I could watch on repeat all month long (sorta like Goosebumps).
The plot involves an evil troll (Trantor) who attempts to steal the souls of children to resurrect his troll brethren. When Trantor is caught and imprisoned in an oak tree by Ernest’s ancestor (Phineas Worrell), the troll puts a curse on him and his entire bloodline – vowing revenge will be his someday. Naturally, a century later Ernest comes along and, with the assistance of some middle schoolers, discovers the tree and sets Trantor loose to reap souls once more.
The rest of the film then becomes Ernest, and his young friend Kenny, trying to stop Trantor for stealing the souls of Kenny’s friends and kickstarting troll-pocalypse. No spoilers here, but they ultimately fail and must team up with eccentric Old Lady Hackmore (played energetically by Eartha Kitt) to find the trolls’ one true weakness. Meanwhile we get one of the best lines from any Ernest film: “How about a bumper sandwich, boogerlips?” Priceless.
As any Ernest film should, Ernest Scared Stupid ends in the silliest way possible with Ernest two-stepping with a troll before he plants a big wet (boogery) kiss on him. Much to any kid who likes gross things pleasure, this scene is especially nauseating and chuckle-inducing all at once. Bottom line, if you need a break from all of the scary movies this Halloween this is definitely a treat worth trying. HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY!
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