The ‘Burbs (1989) 3.71/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 74.8
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Duration: 101 mins
Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher

“I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen anyone drive their garbage to the street and then beat the hell out of it with a stick. I’ve never seen that.” Joe Dante’s affectionate homage to old horror films and westerns alike ranks way up there due to Dana Olsen’s witty script, Dante’s direction of said script, and great performances from all concerned. Tom Hanks plays an uptight family man who takes a week off work to unwind but begins to suspect his new neighbours of being homicidal maniacs who are burying their victims in their backyard. Together with his fellow suburbanites (Bruce Dern and Rick Ducummon) they begin a campaign against the new arrivals resulting in all sorts of mayhem. Dante brings his usual bag of slickly interwoven film references to the party and with Jerry Goldsmith’s clever score and the instinctive humour of Hanks, Dern, and Ducommun he creates a thoroughly entertaining and genuinely funny movie. “I’ve been blow up. Take me to the hospital!”

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