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Ernest Scared Stupid(1991)(Review)[Weirdo Wednesdays]


One of my favorite light-hearted Halloween traditions is watching ‘Ernest Scared Stupid.’ I wouldn’t call it a guilty pleasure because the truth is I’m not ashamed to talk about it. Jim Varney stars as Ernest P. Worrell, who is a silly character with a minimum IQ and multiple personality disorder. In this specific chapter of the Ernest legacy, he unwittingly releases a troll that has been trapped in the trunk of a large tree for decades. The troll was a child snatcher, and the entire town bound together to find him and relinquish him. He’s practically immortal, so the best method the town could resort to was binding him and banishing him with a curse where he would sleep for all of eternity.


But as always, a curse comes at a price. The troll lays out a counter curse where the mayor who buried the troll will suffer and his family will grow dumber and dumber throughout the generations to come. And surprise, Ernest is his present day descendent.

The troll has a decently scary design, as created by the always amazing Chiodo Brothers (Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Critters – including one troll who is literally a repainted Klown) and he is snatching children’s souls to harvest into the tree he was once buried in. When he gathers enough souls, his family is released from the tree as well through giant seed pods that plant into the ground and spawn ghoulish characters. If they were to get summoned, all Hell would break loose for the town.


Through a majority of the film, the only people who believe Ernest (who releases the troll and first sees him) are his best friends – who, *ahem* are a couple of twelve year old kids and the local voodoo lady (played by the wonderful Eartha Kitt). They believe the danger and try to capture the troll before plans get out of hand.


This movie is an absolute blast and it’s overly silly. It has a childish sense of humor to it but this season puts me into that mood anyways. The opening credits also feature black & white clips from many horror classics – such as Nosferatu, The Killer Shrews, & White Zombie; which always excited me as a child. It made it feel like it was going to be scarier than it really turned out to be. If you are a fan of any of the Ernest films, then you already know what you’re in for – just add the Halloween flavor. If you haven’t seen it, just be prepared. Silly is the best word to describe it, and it might be too childish for some, but if you like ‘Hocus Pocus’ or ‘Halloweentown’ then this fits into those molds. This is part of my yearly viewings, and I won’t be silent about it.


You can honestly find a copy at basically any Goodwill or Flea Market, right next to Borat & Dodgeball. It is also streaming on Netflix.


4.5/5 – A biased rating, absolutely. But I stand by it.


‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra

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