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The Willies – 7


Director – Brian Peck

Cast – Sean Astin, Jason Horst, Joshua Miller, James Karen, Michael Bower, Ralph Drischell, Suzanne Goddard-Smythe, Mike Pniewski, Ari Smith

Release Year – 1990

Reviewed by John of the Dead

A fellow horror reviewer turned me on to this piece a few months ago, and it took me just that  long to finally come across a copy of this under-appreciated and underrated 90s piece.  Told in anthology fashion, The Willies appeals to those who grew up telling ghost stories trying to tell their friends, and while this piece was obviously aimed at the younger crowd when it debuted it does provide good horror that I found worthwhile and enjoyable.

Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Goonies)stars as one of two brothers camping with their cousin tell stories trying to scare each other.

If you enjoy horror anthologies and love flicks that bring back child memories than The Willies‘ storyline is sure to give you what you want.  Things kick off right away with the youngsters telling a few short stories during the opening prologue, and after that we are given two enjoyable stories instead of the usual three used in horror anthologies.  The first full story, “Bad Apples”, was my favorite of the two main ones, and it was a damn riot the entire way through.  It focuses on a young boy suffering constant bullying from three bigger boys, and after the school janitor notices the bullying he promises the boy it will never happen again, and he was right.  Soon after the bullying the young boy notices people being killed off in the restroom by a heinous monster who he believes killed the janitor and is now hacking up all who cross its bath, but soon enough we learn the true identity of the monster, and despite its simplicity the storyline was enjoyable the whole way through thanks to great monster action.

The second story, “Flyboy”, stars “Salute Your Shorts” Donkeylips (Eddie Bower) as Gordy Belcher, an adolescent loner who would rather play with the flies he catches than associate with his cohorts, but it is his fly friends who eventually prove to be his worst enemies.  This story really lagged in comparison to the previous one, and while the end result was OK I really felt that this one held the film back from being an epic one.  This entry was a bit long and did not provide much horror until the very end, and despite it being fun to watch Gordy torment his peers and then be tormented by his overbearing parents it was the horror itself that should have been present more often.  I really debated giving his film a 6-rating because of how much this entry kept the film from progressing into greater positives, but in the end I was still happy enough with the results to warrant its good 7-rating.

Director Brian Peck, a actor often appearing in The Return of the Living Dead series, did a fine job with this piece and did what he could with such a low budget.  His only directing effort, The Willies came with good horror that was a result of positive execution, especially during the “Bad Apples” story.  The look of the creature was fantastic and he came via great live-action FX, and despite this being a PG-13 film we are given a decent amount of gore as well.  Peck’s execution of “Flyboy” was great too, with the story being what held it back in the end.  As expected the acting performances are cheesy and not worthy of anything, but for the type of film this is you should know to expect such things and honestly I never found the performances to be a bother.  In the end the horror was good, and that is ultimately what carries the most weight.

Overall, The Willies is a fun watch that I recommend to those who appreciate horror films that bring back memories of long ago, just keep searching for this one as it is not easily available to most.

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  1. ekr1984
    March 18, 2012 at 1:20 am

    You review some of the most out there, interesting movies. Which is awesome but at the same time sucks when I can’t seem to find something that I want to see since my patience level is usually zilch. Bad Apples sounds hilarious and the summary made me giggle.

    • March 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Yes I know that feeling as I first read about The Willies months ago and it took me a long while to find it. I do want to expose horror films that went under the radar or have since disappeared from horror talk, but of course locating them is always a pain BUT the hunt is satisfying when I do finally find them.

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