Ghoulies Go To CollegeFor this week’s Cheeseball Cinema film, I wanted to get back into the style of films that made me want to start this piece in the first place which was low budget, straight to video horror films and I picked a good one for today. For this week’s film, we are diving into the Ghoulies franchise and checking out Ghoulies Go To College (Ghoulies 3). In this film, the Ghoulies literally go to college and are caught in the middle of a prank war between two fraternities. One member of the Betas ends up finding a comic book called Ghoulish Tales which ends up in the hands of Professor Ragnar (Kevin McCarthy) who summons the evil ghouls to do his dirty work in eliminating the fraternities for good. That is until one of them notices that something wrong is happening on campus during hell week. The film also stars Eva LaRue (RoboCop 3) as Erin, John R. Johnston (Loving) as Jeremy, Patrick Labyorteaux (Summer School) as Mookey, Hope Marie Carlton (A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master) as Veronica, Evan MacKenzie (Children Of The Night) as Skip, Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story) as Kyle, Griffin O’Neal (The Wraith) as Blane, Marcia Wallace (Teen Witch) as Miss Boggs, Stephen Lee (WarGames) as Barcus, and the film was directed by John Carl Buechler (Friday The 13TH Part VII: The New Blood).

Hope Marie Carlton PicOne of the cool facts about this awesomely terrible film is that it was Scream star Matthew Lillard’s first ever film as he as an extra known as Stork and Kane Hodder (Friday The 13TH Part VI: Jason Lives) makes a cameo in the film as well. The film was also the first time in the series that the Ghoulies actually talked and it was done for comedic purposes. All horror characters at this point were being transformed into being funny while doing their evil deeds. It’s kind of unfortunate in a way cause they tried too hard to make it funny instead of trying to make it a horror film. While the acting wasn’t really that bad for the most part, the actors playing some of the roles looked a little old to be in college. I’m not saying that the film was completely terrible because it was very enjoyable at times, it was just that the ghoulies were too cheesy. You could definitely tell that the Ghoulies were being handled by puppeteers because any time it came for them to do some action, the camera would pan away and items would fly in the air to symbolize that something was being destroyed. I was surprised to see some of the faces I recognized in this film, but then again you have to start somewhere if you want to go anywhere in Hollywood. They would end up making one more film in the series after this one, but for right now this is available on Netflix as we speak. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film a four for a final grade.

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