Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) Movie Review

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Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

1991 | PG | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy, Family
91 minutes / 1h 31min

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Ernest Scared Stupid Plot Synopsis:

Life could be pretty if there wasn't someone like Ernest P. Worrell on this planet. In this movie he helps to escape an evil troll out of his grave. That's the start of the end for the world. But... Ernest wouldn't be Ernest if he wasn't planning on saving all the people. This action doesn't make it any better. It's getting worse.

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) Review

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)
  • Ernest Scared Stupid Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 4.89
  • IMDB: 5.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.7

About Ernest Scared Stupid 1991

Title: Ernest Scared Stupid
Year: 1991
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.44/5 stars from 9,679 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9,679 MPAA Rating: PG
Ernest Scared Stupid Cast Starring: Marin Miller, John Phillips, Denice Hicks, Jim Varney, Jackie Welch, Ernie Fosselius, Douglas Zagorski, Ann Young, Eartha Kitt, Mark Delabarre, Nellie Batson, Judy Austin, Daniel Higgs, Austin Nagler, Mike Montgomery, Angela Chao, Sabrina Birdine, Gregg Higgs, Shay Astar, Mary Jane Harvill, Renee Clary, Jodie Evans, Karson Kanitz, Jonas Moscartolo, Lauren Frankenbach, Deidre Clower, Phyllis Fuller, Luke Robert, John Cadenhead, Roberta Madison
Ernest Scared Stupid Writers: John R. Cherry III, Coke Sams, Charles Gale
Ernest Scared Stupid Director: John R. Cherry III
Production: Touchstone Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA