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Shrunken Heads (1994)

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An enthusiastically brain-damaged outing from Charles Band's prolific B-Movie outfit Full Moon Entertainment, this cult-move manqué, directed by Oingo Boingo co-founder Richard Elfman (brother of composer Danny Elfman) is weird even by Full Moon's unique standards. The demented plot begins with a modern-day Bowery Boys-type bunch foiling a street gang's robbery scheme only to bring down the wrath of hilariously butch crime boss "Big Mo" (Meg Foster, complete with Elvis pompadour), who commands her chief axe-man to rub them out. Thanks to the voodoo skills of newsstand vendor Sumatra (Julius Harris), the three boys' severed heads are reanimated (it is never specified why this is all Sumatra could salvage) as tiny airborne mini-zombies with assorted super-powers. This leads to the inevitable blow-out between the Heads and Big Mo's legions, as well as one of the weirdest romantic subplots on record. Initially an abortive bid for midnight-movie infamy (much like the director's Forbidden Zone), this wacko twist on the basic comic-book superhero scenario has a playful nature that distances it from cult-horror territory but gives it a certain kooky charm; it features a main-title theme by the director's big-shot brother.

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Cast

Aeryk Egan
as Tommy Larson
Julius Harris
as Mr. Sumatra
Meg Foster
as Big Moe
Bo Sharon
as Bill Turner
Darris Love
as Freddie Thompson
Don Dolan
as Arresting Cop
David Candreva
as Moe's Thug #2
Bodhi Elfman
as Booger Martin
Chad Randall
as Alley Mugger #2
Paul Linke
as Mr. Larson
Boris Krutonog
as Thug Shot in Head
Richard Elfman
as Temple Leader
Troy Fromm
as Podowski
Milton Elfman
as Mr. Berkowitz
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All Critics (4)

A cult film with a slew of solid performances worthy of the watch just because it's so bad it's really quite tolerable...

July 6, 2011 | Full Review…
Cinema Crazed

Wacky, perverse little film of a type only Rick Elfman makes.

November 5, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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