Space archaeologist Simon Watterman unearths dreadful monsters called the Munchies while digging in a cave in Peru. The strange beings have a hankering for humans, beer and fast food and are about to be unleashed on a small town when Simon’s brother Cecil kidnaps them and brings them home. Unfortunately, Cecil doesn’t realize how incredibly deadly the creatures are — and that he may be sealing the fate of the town’s citizens.
Rating: 2 out of 10
A kid at school recommended this movie when I was about 11 years old. My brother and I took turns renting movies at the store and it was mine. I chose “Munchies,” and my brother still brings it up to this day as the worst movie he’s ever seen. Naturally, I had to review it here.
This movie was directed by Tina Hirsch, who, not-so ironically, edited “Gremlins.” It’s the only movie she ever directed, but she’s gone on to have a successful career in editing. She was completely riffing off the success of “Gremlins.” In fact, Hirsche gives a wink when one of the characters is reading a newspaper with a picture of Gizmo on it. Instead of turning evil when eating after midnight or getting wet, munchies multiply and turn evil when sliced into pieces or threatened. These ones are also a little more risque. They smoke grass, look at porn magazines, masturbate in the bushes while peeping on girls, flip the bird and sneak in the bed when people are having sex.
There’s a thinly veiled plot about the mean neighbor who wants to take over land and keep the munchies from getting into the sewers where he’s stored toxic waste that is the secret ingredient for his snack food company. While all that’s going on, the munchies are wreaking havoc over a California town killing and eating food along the way. The puppetry is a joke, I’m guessing on purpose, and so is the acting and joke delivery. It’s camp. You get what you ask for.
The film features Harvey Korman, better known for his roles in the classic comedy “Blazing Saddles” and the beloved “The Carol Burnett Show.” Korman plays both Cecil Watterman, the scientist trying to prove alien existance , and his enemy and neighbor Simon Watterman — though they don’t explain why they share the same last name. The only other known actor is Robert Picardo, better known as The Doctor on “Star Trek: Voyager.” He had some funny moments as an ice cream shop owner whose shop is invaded.
It’s hard to believe this movie spawned two sequels: “Munchie” and “Munchie Strikes Back,” both of which have nothing to do with this movie. “Munchies” isn’t out on DVD yet, but you can watch it on Youtube.