There are varying levels of cult films. We have those types of movies that just didn’t seem to find their audience when they were first released to the theater that have become bonafide classics like John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China. Then you have the type of cult film such as 1966’s Manos: The Hands of Fate…that truly become cherished with fans, embraced perhaps even more so because of the low budget of the film or the bewildering aspects of the story itself.
I think that is the category in which 1987’s live action The Garbage Pail Kids Movie falls into and our friends at Scream Factory have just released a Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition for it!
Produced by the Atlantic Entertainment Group and of course based on the Topps Chewing Gum’s hit card series that started in 1985, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie takes a handful of the popular card characters (Messy Tessie, Foul Phil, Ali Gator, Foul Phil, Valerie Vomit, Greaser Greg, Windy Winston, and Nat Nerd) and presents them as well meaning…if sometimes strangely violent…outcasts who are just trying to locate the rest of their Garbage Pail Kid friends.
The story concerns a young man named Dodger (Mackenzie Astin) who is finding his young life terrorized by street thugs led by the villianous Juice (Ron MacLachlan). Working at Captain Manzini’s (Anthony Newley) Antique Shop, Dodger falls for Tangerine (Katie Barberi) who just so happens to be Juice’s girl and after a scuffle with the thugs, the Garbage Pail Kids are released from the magical trash can they were locked in and not only save Dodger but befriend him as well.
It’s on Dodger and Captain Manzini’s shoulders to try and keep the kids safe and not end up in institutes such as the State Home for the Ugly where people are locked up for being Too Gross or Too Skinny, etc. To complicate matters Tangerine, who it turns out is an aspiring clothing designer starts to use her charms to trick Dodger into convincing the kids to start making outfits she can sell.
The film earned a PG rating but to be honest there are a TON of dark elements hidden in the movie and sometimes not so hidden, so it really shocked me that it didn’t get slapped with a PG-13 rating for suggestive themes, etc. Will Dodger be able to come to his senses and protect the Garbage Pail Kids? You’ll just have to find out for yourself when you pick up the Blu-Ray. Of course being a Scream Factory release you know they’ve included worthy extras:
The Effects Of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie ? Interviews With Special Makeup Effects Creator John Carl Buechler And Makeup Effects Artist Gino Crognale
On The Set ? An Interview With First Assistant Director Thomas A. Irvine
The Artful Dodger ? An Interview With Actor Mackenzie Astin
The Kids Aren’t All Right ? Interviews With Garbage Pail Kids Actors Arturo Gil (Windy Winston) And Kevin Thompson (Ali Gator)
You can pick up The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector’s Edition in stores today or hop on over to Scream Factory’s Official Site and order a copy for yourself!