Ghoulies (1985)

PG-13 | 84 mins | Horror | 18 January 1985

Director:

Luca Bercovici

Producer:

Jefery Levy

Cinematographer:

Mac Ahlberg

Editor:

Ted Nicolaou

Production Designer:

Wayne Springfield

Production Company:

Ghoulies Productions
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HISTORY

       According to the 30 Jan 1984 HR, executive producer Charles Band secured $25 million from investors in his company, Empire Pictures, with plans to produce six feature films by the end of 1984. Second on the docket was the $5 million Ghoulies, which began principal photography on 30 Jan 1984 and had been in preproduction for five months. 14 Feb 1984 HR production charts confirmed that shooting began on 30 Jan 1984 in Los Angeles, CA.
       The 10 Feb 1984 HR announced that Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mike Marshall would make his acting debut in the $5.5 million picture, but Marshall is not credited onscreen and may not have remained with the project.
       During its fifth week of filming, Hemdale Film Corporation signed on to handle the picture’s domestic distribution, according to the 1 Mar 1984 HR. However, the 26 Dec 1984 Var reported that Hemdale filed a lawsuit against Charles Band and Ghoulie Productions, Inc., citing misrepresentation after Band allegedly misled Hemdale regarding the home video sales and distribution. Hemdale does not receive onscreen credit as a distributor.
       The 18 Jan 1985 HR announced that Ghoulies opened in the Western U.S. in 350 theaters.
       The Ghoulies franchise included three sequels: Ghoulies II (1988), Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College (1991), and Ghoulies IV (1994), none of which had a theatrical release.
      End credits include the following acknowledgements: "Special thanks to Marion Gibbons, Hollywood Heritage ... More Less

       According to the 30 Jan 1984 HR, executive producer Charles Band secured $25 million from investors in his company, Empire Pictures, with plans to produce six feature films by the end of 1984. Second on the docket was the $5 million Ghoulies, which began principal photography on 30 Jan 1984 and had been in preproduction for five months. 14 Feb 1984 HR production charts confirmed that shooting began on 30 Jan 1984 in Los Angeles, CA.
       The 10 Feb 1984 HR announced that Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mike Marshall would make his acting debut in the $5.5 million picture, but Marshall is not credited onscreen and may not have remained with the project.
       During its fifth week of filming, Hemdale Film Corporation signed on to handle the picture’s domestic distribution, according to the 1 Mar 1984 HR. However, the 26 Dec 1984 Var reported that Hemdale filed a lawsuit against Charles Band and Ghoulie Productions, Inc., citing misrepresentation after Band allegedly misled Hemdale regarding the home video sales and distribution. Hemdale does not receive onscreen credit as a distributor.
       The 18 Jan 1985 HR announced that Ghoulies opened in the Western U.S. in 350 theaters.
       The Ghoulies franchise included three sequels: Ghoulies II (1988), Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College (1991), and Ghoulies IV (1994), none of which had a theatrical release.
      End credits include the following acknowledgements: "Special thanks to Marion Gibbons, Hollywood Heritage Society."
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jan 1984
p. 3, 28.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Feb 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jan 1985.
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Los Angeles Times
21 Jan 1985
p. 2.
New York Times
2 Mar 1985
p. 10.
Variety
26 Dec 1984.
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Variety
23 Jan 1985
p. 16, 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Empire Pictures presents
A Charles Band Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Addl asst cam
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy gaffer
Addl elec
Addl elec
Addl elec
Addl elec
Key grip
Best boy/Addl key grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
ART DIRECTORS
Co-art dir
Co-art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Addl asst ed
Addl asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Const supv
Leadman
Prop master
Asst props
COSTUMES
Cost des
Costumer
MUSIC
Orig mus by
Orig mus by
Scoring eng
Mus ed services by
Addl mus from scores comp by
Mixer
Mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Addl sd mixer
Addl boom
Sd eff ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Spec eff sd
Ghoulie voice
Ghoulie voice
Ghoulie voice
Post prod sd
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff makeup and Ghoulies
Spec eff makeup and Ghoulies des by
Sets spec eff
Mechanical & Makeup Imageries
Mechanical & Makeup Imageries
Mechanical & Makeup Imageries
Mechanical & Makeup Imageries
Mechanical & Makeup Imageries
Addl Ghoulie op
Addl Ghoulie op
Addl Ghoulie op
Addl Ghoulie op
Pyrotechnics
Contact lens tech
Contact lens tech
Titles
MAKEUP
Makeup/Hairstylist
Asst makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Exec in charge of prod
Controller
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Prod coord
Scr supv
Prod counsel
Art office mgr
Public relations
Exec in charge of post prod
Set prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Asst to exec prod
Asst casting dir
Payroll services
Craft service
Security guard
Security guard
Extras casting
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Dancing With a Monster," written and performed by Fela Johnson, Subliminal Music 1982
"Surrender," written and performed by Fela Johnson and the Johnsons, Good Guy Music 1983.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 January 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 18 January 1985
New York opening: 1 March 1985
Production Date:
began 30 January 1984 in Los Angeles
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
84
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27500
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At a satanic ceremony, a baby named Jonathan Graves is about to be sacrificed by his glowing-eyed father, Malcolm. Jonathan’s mother, Anastasia, rescues the child and puts an amulet around his neck that produces an electric shock when Malcolm touches the boy. Malcolm orders a participant named Wolfgang to take the child away, and sacrifices Anastasia instead. Years later, Jonathan, who was raised by Wolfgang, inherits his unknown father’s estate. Wolfgang believes the evil curse has died along with Malcolm, and reveals nothing to Jonathan about his parents. While Jonathan and his girl friend Rebecca tour the grounds, they stumble upon Malcolm’s grave, and Jonathan introduces Rebecca to the mysterious Wolfgang. In the house, Rebecca finds several books on magic and discovers a basement full of occult paraphernalia. Later, the couple throws a party in their new home, and invites their wild friends. For fun, Jonathan recruits his friends to perform a ritual, and he instinctively draws an occult diagram, and recites a conjuring spell from a book. When nothing happens, everyone leaves the basement to search for their missing friend, Robin. Elsewhere, Wolfgang awakens in alarm, as a mysterious creature materializes in the basement. Robin is later found roaming the grounds, and strange things begin occurring throughout the estate. Soon after the party, Jonathan tells Rebecca of his decision to quit college and work on the estate instead, and Rebecca expresses her concern. Jonathan begins fixing up the house, and is soon lured by the spirit of his evil father to perform satanic rituals. He later forges a gold medallion, and gives the “talisman” ... +


At a satanic ceremony, a baby named Jonathan Graves is about to be sacrificed by his glowing-eyed father, Malcolm. Jonathan’s mother, Anastasia, rescues the child and puts an amulet around his neck that produces an electric shock when Malcolm touches the boy. Malcolm orders a participant named Wolfgang to take the child away, and sacrifices Anastasia instead. Years later, Jonathan, who was raised by Wolfgang, inherits his unknown father’s estate. Wolfgang believes the evil curse has died along with Malcolm, and reveals nothing to Jonathan about his parents. While Jonathan and his girl friend Rebecca tour the grounds, they stumble upon Malcolm’s grave, and Jonathan introduces Rebecca to the mysterious Wolfgang. In the house, Rebecca finds several books on magic and discovers a basement full of occult paraphernalia. Later, the couple throws a party in their new home, and invites their wild friends. For fun, Jonathan recruits his friends to perform a ritual, and he instinctively draws an occult diagram, and recites a conjuring spell from a book. When nothing happens, everyone leaves the basement to search for their missing friend, Robin. Elsewhere, Wolfgang awakens in alarm, as a mysterious creature materializes in the basement. Robin is later found roaming the grounds, and strange things begin occurring throughout the estate. Soon after the party, Jonathan tells Rebecca of his decision to quit college and work on the estate instead, and Rebecca expresses her concern. Jonathan begins fixing up the house, and is soon lured by the spirit of his evil father to perform satanic rituals. He later forges a gold medallion, and gives the “talisman” to Rebecca for protection. When Jonathan refuses to eat, explaining that he is fasting, Rebecca’s concern grows. After performing another conjuring spell, Jonathan brings forth several evil creatures called ghoulies, and proclaims himself their “master.” He then demands that they hide their existence from everyone but him. In time, Jonathan dons a ceremonial robe, and with glowing green eyes, summons more dark power. When Rebecca enters, she is surprised to see Jonathan’s activities. He explains that he is trying to learn about the parents he never knew, and promises to stop his strange behavior. Later, as the couple make love, the ghoulies sneak under the bed and create an occult diagram, prompting Jonathan to chant in another language. Rebecca is furious that Jonathan’s dark activities are continuing, and she leaves him. Sometime later, Jonathan conjures two dwarves named Grizzel and Greedigut, and he demands that they serve him. The dwarves promise to give him everything he desires including infinite power and knowledge, and the return of his lover, Rebecca. They explain that he must perform a dangerous ritual, with seven others, to obtain the knowledge and power he craves. Rebecca later returns and asks Jonathan to leave the house, but he refuses. When Jonathan reveals his glowing eyes to Rebecca, she attempts to flee. However, the dwarves cast a spell on the girl, causing her to return to Jonathan’s side. Elsewhere, Wolfgang is aware of the dark magic that is ensuing, but claims to be powerless against it. On the night of a full moon, Jonathan gathers his seven friends for a dinner party, and soon puts them under a spell so they will participate in the “master ritual.” As Jonathan begins chanting, outside, his father, Malcolm, stirs in his grave. After the ceremony, Jonathan’s friends, who are oblivious to the ritual, are invited to spend the night. The zombie-like Malcolm rises from his grave and proclaims himself master of the ghoulies. While frolicking on the grounds, friends Donna and Mark “Toad Boy” are attacked by the ghoulies. When Malcolm enters the house, he takes the form of a woman, and lures a young man named Dick to him, then kills the boy. Meanwhile, Jonathan apologizes to Rebecca, before breaking her spell by placing the talisman around her neck. Before Rebecca can react, she falls into a deep sleep. Elsewhere, the ghoulies attack Eddie and Robin. When Rebecca later awakens, she sees Jonathan in a trance-like state, and runs away. After removing her medallion, she is attacked by ghoulies, and falls down a flight of stairs. Jonathan is horrified to find his lover dead, and attempts to use his powers to resurrect Rebecca. In the basement, Jonathan discovers his possessed friends, and Malcolm enters, claiming to be their master. As father and son battle, Malcolm tries to capture his son’s youth. While Jonathan chants a spell, Malcolm raises Rebecca from the dead, as a distraction for Jonathan. Grizzel and Greedigut, standing at Malcolm’s side, alert Jonathan to the trap. Malcolm continues his efforts to steal his son’s life, and Wolfgang arrives, using his own magical powers to fight Malcolm. As the house begins to crumble, Wolfgang defeats Malcolm, and they both disappear. Jonathan revives his friends. They emerge into the daylight, and drive away from the house. Riding with Jonathan and Rebecca, their friend, Mike, asks what happened? Jonathan assures him that it is all over, but Mike is alarmed when ghoulies appear behind him. +

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