|The sequel also had one of the greatest cameos of all time.|
But, as with any success, there are going to be those that try to ride on the coattails of that success. Today we have The Asylum, masters of taking big budget movies and making very low budget rip-offs of them to try and capitalize on the bigger film (see: Atlantic Rim, Snakes on a Train, The Day the Earth Stopped, The DaVinci Treasure, etc). This isn't a new practice though, as it happened in the 80s to Gremlins. People saw how well it did and decided to try making their own little monster movies. We got some good ones (Critters and Ghoulies spring to mind) and then we got some that were so blatant that you can't help but wonder how they got away with it. That brings us to Munchies, a film that no one should be surprised to find out has Roger Corman's name attached to it. Not just him though, but also Harvey Korman, who you would assume bears some some relation to him.
|After all, Korman has also had his name attached to some rather infamous film work.|
|He also likes porn too, but we'll stick with the less offensive monicker.|
|They murder Dude.|
|Remember not to light up, kids! One of them warns it causes cancer. This is rated PG, so surely this is a kids movie.|
|Oh no, the bad movie found us!|
The young couple discovers that the munchies are actually ancient statues that were brought to life with "fire of the gods" and the town ends up being terrorized during their big July 4th celebration. Stupid cop's dad shows up to be a bigger idiot and the young idiot cop teams up with the wanna-be comedian and his girlfriend as they follow the munchies into underground tunnels. The cop gets knocked out, of course, and the girl gets chased by the little horndogs. The young hero fights them off by his self, discovering the electricity turns them into statues that are easily smashed, and in the aftermath it's discovered that the uncle uses poisonous toxic materials to make his food he sells in his stores. He gets arrested, the father sells the statue to the professor, the son gets to be a shitty comedian, it's implied the munchie is brought back to life, then the credits roll and I can be happy it's over.
|Good job deciding not to smash that last statue. The world really needs a sequel to this masterpiece.|
It's not the worst movie and is really entertaining sometimes with how over the top goofy it can be, but ultimately this is not a movie I want to watch again too often. I remember it from my childhood but can't say I recall it being a favourite, which makes me feel good to know I had decent taste even back then. Harvey Korman is extremely over the top as the uncle, playing a villain who you would swear is from a Saturday morning cartoon that Hanna-Barbera made. The other actors all...are there. Really, there are no real stand-out performances from anyone, unless you count the humourous scenes with Picardo. There is clearly a reason this is a mostly forgotten film, so while it isn't the worst I cannot really recommend it either.
|It also got two sequels aimed at kids with a much more horrifying creature that the horror movie gave us.|
As a rip-off it is probably on the bottom of the barrel as the worst one, not having the charm that Critters or Ghoulies had with their creatures. I mean, just look at that picture above. This movie was so bad that they made sequels that had nothing at all to do with it. That's the legacy of Munchies. If you want to see Harvey Korman, I'd recommend the Star Wars Holiday Special before I'd recommend this. So, until MVM: Munchie vs. Munchies comes out starring the reanimated corpse of Dom DeLuise, I'll be here being your friendly neighborhood smart-ass who talks about whatever. Later days, bleeders.
|I WILL MUNCH ON YOUR SOUL.|