Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) Movie Review

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

1991 | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy, Family
91 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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Ernest Scared Stupid Review


Ernest unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) is a 1h 31-min PG rating American horror comedy fantasy film that was shot in Nashville, Tennessee and is the fifth film to feature the character, Ernest P. Worrell.
Director and co-writer John R. Cherry III (Ernest Goes to Camp (1987), Ernest in the Army (1998), Ernest Goes to Africa (1997)) did an average job executing this one of a kind Ernest movie where everything could go wrong, goes wrong. I think the movie still holds up after all these years and still makes a great family horror movie.

Ernest Scared Stupid revolves around Ernest and a few children fighting against trolls that Ernest accidentally unleashed on Halloween in a small town. One demonic troll is Trantor, and he can transform children into wooden dolls and feast on their energy. Trantor was captured by townsfolk on Briarville, Missouri in the late 19th Century and sealed under a giant oak tree. Skip forward to two hundred later where we see Ernest (Jim Varney - Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)) working as a sanitation worker. He helped a few of his friends from middle school to rebuild their tree house on the same that contains the creature unbeknownst to Earnest after the mayor’s son demolished their cardboard house.

Ernest soon after learns the history of the Trantor and informs the kids on his new information. The troll was released and shortly after turned Joey (Alec Klapper - American Gun (2005), Room No. 7 (2005)) into a wooden doll but Sheriff Binder does not believe Ernest, and neither does any of the townsfolk. Trantor captures his second victim as Ernest began planning for him without any help from any other adults. What will happen as more kids are starting to disappear? Will the adults start to realize that they were wrong and help Ernest?

I like Ernest Scared Stupid and think it is one of the good Ernest films. This movie had the horror feel to it while being silly, amusing, laughable, funny, and very entertaining for a family movie around the Halloween holidays. The acting was not good, but they were mostly kid actors who did not have much experience at that time, so they gave us average performances that well-known actors still provide us with today - I applaud the kids for giving us an entertaining movie.

It was wonderful that Ernest Scared Stupid open the movie with the opening credits featuring a montage of clips from several science fiction and horror films which are listed below.

  • Nosferatu (1922)
  • White Zombie (1932)
  • Phantom from Space (1953)
  • Missile to the Moon (1958)
  • The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)
  • The Screaming Skull (1958)
  • The Hideous Sun Demon (1959)
  • The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
  • The Killer Shrews (1959)
  • Battle Beyond the Sun (1959)
  • The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

About Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Title: Ernest Scared Stupid
Original Title: Ernest Scared Stiff
Year: 1991
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 19 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 19
Starring: Marin Miller, John Phillips, Denice Hicks, Jodie Evans, Karson Kanitz, Shay Astar, Mary Jane Harvill, Renee Clary, Phyllis Fuller, Jonas Moscartolo, Lauren Frankenbach, Deidre Clower, Melissa Gerach, Luke Robert, John Cadenhead, Roberta Madison, Rhonda Clower, Reginald Glimps, Badd Catt, Bill Byrge, Barry Scott, Ann Dresen, Jeanette Green, Richard Woolf, Cathy Susan Pyles, Misty Eaker, Marc Gullen, Nick Victory, Myke R. Mueller, Ralph Green Jr.
Writers: John R. Cherry III, Coke Sams, Charles Gale
Director: John R. Cherry III

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