SHRUNKEN HEADS (1994) Reviews and overview

 

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Shrunken Heads is a 1994 American horror feature film directed by Richard Elfman (Forbidden Zone; Modern Vampires) from a screenplay written by Matthew Bright. The movie is Full Moon Entertainment’s first theatrical feature and the last production in which Julius Harris (Live and Let DieKing Kong (1976), DarkmanManiac Cop III: Badge of Silence) appeared.

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Director Richard Elfman’s brother, Danny Elfman, provided the main theme music for the film, while the rest of the score was created by Richard Band. Richard’s son, Bodhi Elfman, appeared in the film as Booger Martin.

Plot:

After a New York street gang kills three youths, a friendly voodoo priest reanimates them so that they can seek vengeance…

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Reviews:

” … the script wisely capitalizes on the humor of floating bodiless heroes. Of course, the movie still includes such Full Moon staples as kiddie-level violence and time-padding flashbacks, but Elfman’s fun-loving touches manage to get this new series up and running with twisted enthusiasm.” Entertainment Weekly

“Being one of my favorite B movies of all time, I highly recommended Shrunken Heads to everyone because there really is a little something for everybody in this film. There’s action, comedy, drama, magic, love, lots of cool/cheesy special effects, and even a portrayal of the step-by-step process of making shrunken heads.” Swamp Flix

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Shrunken Heads is one of the most unique revenge tales you are ever likely to see. It definitely takes a while to get rolling, but when it hits its stride, it goes for the throat and never looks back. If you have any interest in horror comedies and voodoo practitioners you owe it to yourself to check out this decidedly campy piece of fun cinema!” Silver Emulsion

Writing in The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, Peter Dendle said that the characters “lovingly exaggerate every preposterous line with relish, yielding some outrageous dialogue in an otherwise treadmill production.”

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SHRUNKEN-HEADS

Cast and characters:

Julius Harris … Mr Sumatra
Meg Foster … Big Moe
Aeryk Egan … Tommy Larson
Rebecca Herbst … Sally (as Becky Herbst)
A.J. Damato … Vinnie
Bo Sharon … Bill Turner
Darris Love … Freddie Thompson
Bodhi Elfman … Booger Martin
Troy Fromin … Podowski
Leigh-Allyn Baker … Mitzi
Paul Linke … Mr Larson
Billye Ree Wallace … Mrs Wilson
R.J. Frost … The Vipers
Randy Vahan … Plumber
Don Dolan … Arresting Cop

Trailer: