Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam (1986)





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In this comedy, the sinister Dr. Otto (Jim Varney) concocts an evil plan to take over the world and it is the heroic Lance Sterling (Myke Mueller) who stops him. As Lance attempts to capture the crazed scientist, Dr. Otto eludes him by making good use of an appearance-altering device.
Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Jim Varney
as Dr. Otto/Rudd Hardtact/Laughin' Jack
Glenn Petach
as Otto's Head hand
Glenn Petech
as Otto's Head Hand
Tina Goetze
as Rhonda Sue
Jennifer Wood
as Monique
David Landon
as Bank President Rutherford
Winslow Stillman
as Lance's Dad
Irv Kane
as Herr Vonschnck
Leslie Potter
as Mme. Vonschnck
Bill Middleton
as Man at Autoteller
Nancy Alderson
as Woman at Autoteller
Mac Pirkle
as Drunk
Joey Anderson
as Miss Apple
Terri Merryman
as Newswoman
Henry Arnold
as Bank Officer
John B. Murrey
as Science Fair Judge
Christian Bell
as Boy in Arcade
Jimmy Jacobs
as The Dump
Carl Graves
as President of the USA
Mindy Briggs
as Barfly
Bill Byrge
as Gas Station Attendant
Royce Clark
as Suburbantie
Shauree Crooks
as Shopper
George Frasier
as Bartender
Jorn Hall
as Man at Street with Newspaper
Charles Hughes
as News Director
Katie Ingleson
as Girl in Arcade
Bonnie Keen
as Checkout Girl
Tom Nix
as Gas Station Customer
Beverlee Ogles
as Girl at the Bait Stake
B.J. Rogers
as Nurse
Robert Wynne
as Aide No. 2 Feldon
Charlie Hughes
as News Director
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I saw this movie as the first show of a double feature at a drive-in in 1986. We went to see Rambo First Blood Part 2. We had never heard of this movie. I still recall it as the worst movie I have ever seen. Bizarre! Many of these characters showed up again on Jim Varney's Saturday morning kids show, which, ironically, wasn't bad. Very,, very strange movie.

Chris C
Chris C

This movie was so crazy. I loved it!!! Though made in 1986, it was ahead of its time. Dr. Otto, played by Varney, wants to make money worthless and demagnetizes credit cards and damages bank accounts where no one can cash their checks, thus causing riots to break out all over the U.S. The nation is looking at another depression, one worse than the one in the 1920's. The economy is bad, the government has no idea who owes who and how much. The stock market is in a mess. It really reminds me of how our economy is today-in 2011. When you get right down to it, this movie is not far off the mark on how things are or are going to be. Varney-one of the chief writers (along with Cherry and Sams)-knew what he was doing when he wrote this. Lance was kind of a pathetic excuse for a hero that I found myself siding with Dr. Otto Von Schnick-ick-ick. I loved the riddle and I only could figure out that Auntie Nelda and the South Pole was the answers. The 'changing coffin' was a favorite of mine and along with Dr. Otto, Guy Dandy was another favorite character. Call me strange, but I think Dr. Otto is kind of hot. Other characters Varney portrays in this movie: Rudd Hardtact and Laughin' Jack. Of course, I cracked the biggest smile at the end of the movie when none other than 'Ernest P. Worrell' stepped out of the 'changing coffin'. This is not an 'Ernest' movie and has a much darker theme but it's still a great movie. I noticed a lot of characters that have went on to be in the Ernest movies like Mac Bennett, Daniel Butler, Myke Mueller, Jackie Welch and Bill Byrge, who actually had a speaking role in this as a gas attendant.

Stacy Avary
Stacy Avary

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Crazy Jim Varney goodness.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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