The Freaky Movie Review

The Freaky Movie Review

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The Freaky Movie is a 1980 cult comedy about a group of teenage horror film performers who invade the small town of High School and terrorize the unsuspecting citizens. This fun, tongue-in-cheek movie is well worth a look for fans of the genre and is perhaps one of the best known examples of a ‘camp’ genre movie. Starring cult favorites Michael Douglas, Richard Belzer, John Tutturro, and Ester Fleck, the film is a memorable, funny, and thought-provoking tale of teenage cliques and infiltration of the school and society in general.

The movie starts off with a bang as the snooty football coach (Beverly D’Angelo) fires anallahuatthe coach (John Candy) for criticizing his team’s play. The team is routed in their first game ever, losing by a score of 27-3. When their trainer (John Candy) informs them of a “freaky movie”, they are surprised, but not shocked. The next day, a news report shows that several more high schools have had their coaches attacked. Everyone realizes that this was not a one-time occurrence, but a series of events that had been occurring over the span of several weeks.

Soon after this discovery, three cheerleaders (led by the cute Marla fax machine) sneak onto the school campus and begin making waves. While they are robbing a food bank, a vicious crow attacks John Candy’s locker. When he goes to find it, he sees the girl he is supposed to marry, thirteen-year old margotty affair. Frightened, he runs away to hide in a freight tunnel, but gets trapped in there with the other campers. They are soon joined by the freaky campers, who turn out to be the spawn of the local serial killer (DA, played by Belzer).

It is here that the film begins to take shape. Although it is indeed a spoof of urban legend, the setting and acting are truly stomach-turning. It is also interesting to note that this type of movie was unheard of at the time, and even if it was, it would have been considered a complete disaster. But in 1984, the makers of “Pumpkinhead” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” managed to make a comedy out of a situation that was very real.

I particularly like the way director Rob Reiner mixes the humor with his penchant for tasteful sexual innuendo. In a scene involving Margot, John Candy pulls out his own hair and starts licking it. And that is the movie. The entire show is about the lives of these three characters, as they go from innocence to perils of adolescence. The entire movie burns.

Besides the real-life setting, the main reason this movie is so freaky is because it is extremely funny. Many people may consider it to be too clever for its time, but then, anyone who saw “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” without seeing the clever humor behind it may think the same. This is also the movie where John Candy scores an Academy Award for his role as the blood thirsty “Beverly Hills Cop.” The humor and the reality combine to make “The Cable Guy” a must-see film…

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