“I think the message to, uh, psychos, fanatics, murderers, nutcases all over the world is, uh, “do not mess with suburbanites”. Because, uh, frankly we’re just not gonna take it any more. Ya know, we’re not gonna be content to look after our lawns and wax our cars, paint out houses. We’re out to get them, Don, we are out to get them,” said an exasperated Art.

This was a very quirky, dark comedy of the 1980’s. It still stands alone as a classic film in my book. Not only does it have Tom Hanks, but it has Corey Feldman, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, and Henry Gibson.  Many people don’t know this movie exist. It is a fun, oddball of a comedy and it can certainly give you a feel of Tim Burton, even though he wasn’t involved in this movie.

The ‘Burbs was directed by Joe Dante, who directed Gremlins, Explorers, Innerspace, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Small Soldiers, and Twilight Zone the Movie. He has a lot of comedies in his wheelhouse and he makes his films fun to watch.

The score is done by the famous Jerry Goldsmith. This is an unusual soundtrack for him to do. Its silly and quirky, but it fits the action and characters perfectly. Here is the review from allmusic.com. “After confronting horrors spanning from simian slavers (Planet of the Apes) to bloodthirsty cosmic parasites (Alien) to serial killer Norman Bates (Psycho II), composer Jerry Goldsmith tackles the greatest threat of them all — American suburbia — with his deliciously weird and witty score for the 1988 black comedy The Burbs. Reuniting with director Joe Dante, for whom he scored 1984’s Gremlins,Goldsmith wryly subverts traditional horror motifs like wheezing organs, ritual drums, and electronic effects to evoke in Technicolor splendor the chills and thrills lurking behind the white-picket fences. He even invokes his landmark Patton theme to hilarious effect. The end result is a score as daffy and daring as Carl Stalling‘s classic Looney Tunes efforts — the perfect accompaniment to Dante‘s uniquely anarchic vision.”

Here is the basic plot…Settling in for some time off in his suburban home, Ray Peterson’s (Tom Hanks) vacation becomes a horror when the Klopeks, a suspiciously odd family, move in down the block. Enlisting the aid of his paranoid buddy, Art (Rick Ducommun), and his militia-man neighbor, Rumsfield (Bruce Dern), Ray sends his son and wife (Carrie Fisher) away on a trip while he investigates the Klopeks. When a neighbor disappears, Ray and his cohorts risk their lives to save their cul-de-sac from the clutches of evil.

All in all a great movie.

You can find the soundtrack on Amazon.  Its expensive, but really worth it.

Here are a few clips from the score…

The Garage

 

The Wig

 

Main Theme/End Credits

 

Good Neighbors

 

Well that’s all for this week. Hope you all enjoyed it! See you next week for Driving Miss Daisy. Happy Listening!

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