Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
  Director:  John R. Cherry III
  Writers:   John R. Cherry III (story), Coke Sams (story)
  Stars:        Jim Varney, Eartha Kitt and Austin Nagler 

The Legend of Trantor: 
Briarsville, Missouri - 19th Century

The Trantor is a troll that feeds off of the captured energy of children - which in turn transforms them into wooden dolls.  In order to achieve his takeover and release his children upon Earth, Trantor must seek out and capture the energy (life) of 5 children.  Thanks to Phineas Worrell (Ernest's forefather), Trantor’s plan falls short and he is captured, bound and buried alive.  Before his death the mighty Trantor vows to curse the Worrell namesake by insisting that each generation become dumber and dumber, he then vows to return and finish what he started.  Fast Forward to recent times and we are once again introduced to our local hero - Ernest P. Worrell - local Sanitary Transportation Engineer (Garbage Man).  While helping a group of kids build an impenetrable fort, Ernest unknowingly releases from the grave the mighty Trantor.  With the assistance of Old Lady Hackmore (Eartha Kitt), a Worrell must once again save the children of Briarsville and finally put an end to the Legend of Trantor.

I salute you:  Ernest P Worrell – Real Men of Genius.  Jim Varney’s portrayal of this backwoods character is classic.  Even though I admit this isn’t my favorite EPW storyline, I still really enjoyed Scared Stupid.  Because this movie isn’t technically a horror movie, I have decided to create an Ernest Meter for this film and future installments.  The comedic genius that is Jim Varney will have all viewers chuckling and smiling throughout the entire film.  Even though the storyline is somewhat lacking (but aren’t they all), the characters within the movie and the FX done by the Chiodo Brothers (Killer Klowns from Outer Space) were perfect for this particular lackadaisical slap stick comedy.  As a whole, the movie was fun, entertaining and definitely one of Varney’s best.  If you are a parent that loves a good horror flick and has younger children – why not start them out with this Disney-esque creepy tale?  Yes I know many of you may disagree with my assessment – but for crying out loud – do we really like watching campy 80’s flicks for their Horror  elements – no – we watch them to remember our past childhood.

Ernest Meter:
3.5 out of 5
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