The Garbage Pail Kids Movie is based on the popular trading card series from Topps. The movie was directed by Rod Amateau and stars MacKenzie Astin, Katie Barberi, Phil Fondacaro, Arturo Gil, Ron MacLachlan and Anthony Newley. The movie features makeup effects by John Carl Buechler.
This 1987 fantasy comedy follows Dodger (MacKenzie Aston), a teenager who works for Captain Manzini (Anthony Newley) in his eccentric antique/novelty shop that is pretty much simply full of junk and one special trash can. Dodger is warned to stay away from this “certain trashcan” but when he accidentally knocks it over, the Kids are unleashed from their prison and all smell breaks loose. This is where Dodger meets Greaser Greg, Messy Tessie, Windy Winston, Foul Phil, Nat Nerd, Valerie Vomit and Ali Gator, the misfit mutant juveniles who ooze out from the trash can and they’re ready to cause some mischief.
There’s also Tangerine (Katie Barberi) who Dodger has this huge crush on but standing in his way is her boyfriend Juice (Ron MacLachlan) who is more of a bully than anything else. What happens is Tangerine ends up taking advantage of Dodger and he enlists the help of his ugly new friends to accomplish the task. Tangerine is pretty much just taking advantage of Dodger and his infatuation with her and this ends up getting the Kids captured and sent to the State Home for the Ugly – courtesy of Juice and his sleazy goons. Once this happens it’s up to Dodger to rescue his new friends and he ends up getting a little friendly help from Captain Manzini and some tough new allies. Ultimately the day is saved but it’s hard to get the Kids back inside the trash can they’ve called home so instead they set out on another new adventure.
To say The Garbage Pail Kids Movie is a bad movie is an understatement but it’s also a fun and bizarre watch that’s is sort of grossly cute and entertaining. The story keeps everything simple and is pretty much a good versus bad story about a kid that gets picked on by a bully who ends up coming out on top at the end. Some of the acting is really bad which leaves the one thing that makes this movie standout and that’s these outlandish Kids from that trash can full of ooze. They are all unique looking and have their own individual characteristics and personalities. All of this also includes farts, vomit, bad acne, biting, some bad humor, and lots more. The movie is all about the Kids who are silly and fun to watch but they also have this creepiness about them as well.
The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the fantastic all-new artwork by Nathan Thomas Milliner who has cranked out numerous covers for Scream Factory. The back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve includes some original artwork and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were really good. I did notice just a little grain at times but it wasn’t anything too bad.
Bottom line is, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie is so bad it’s good and what Scream Factory has done is give this obscure fantasy comedy a second chance and deservingly so. Sure, it’s been called one of the worst movies ever made but it’s also a fun, bizarre and really strange movie that’s geared towards a younger audience (not too young!) and truly is grossly entertaining – in more ways than one. The Kids are as creepy as they are cute! This Collector’s Edition Blu-ray releases on December 8th and is definitely worth checking out. If you’ve never seen this 80’s cult classic then you should at least watch it one time in your life and here’s your opportunity!
Distributor: Scream Factory
Run Time: 90 Minutes
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)
Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD MAster Audio Mono
Special Features: Good Stuff! This Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is loaded with over an hour of all-new extras that include interviews with some of the cast and crew.
- NEW The Effects Of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie – Interviews With Special Makeup Effects Creator John Carl Buechler And Makeup Effects Artist Gino Crognale
- NEW On The Set – An Interview With First Assistant Director Thomas A. Irvine
- NEW The Artful Dodger – An Interview With Actor Mackenzie Astin
- NEW The Kids Aren’t All Right – Interviews With Garbage Pail Kids Actors Arturo Gil (Windy Winston) And Kevin Thompson (Ali Gator)
- Theatrical Trailer