[Remember This?] Roger Corman Gets In On The ‘Gremlins’ Craze With ‘Munchies’!

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Gremlins came out of their cocoon in 1984. Ghoulies came down the pipe in 1985. Critters landed in 1986. By 1987 it was time for Roger Corman to get in on the action and bring his low budget brand of anarchy to the tiny creature feature in the form of Munchies.

When I first saw this movie on cable TV in the late 80′s or early 90′s, I of course had no idea who Corman was. I was aware of Piranha and Little Shop Of Horrors but not of the common thread that strung those films (and seemingly hundreds of thrifty others) together.

In hindsight, it’s easy to see the business machinations that brought Munchies to the screen (thought I’m not entirely sure it got a theatrical release – the info on IMDBpro is vague and the title is non-existent on BOM), but as a kid I was pretty enthralled with it. I didn’t care how many tiny monster movies there were, I wanted to watch ALL of them. Munchies was further assured a place in my heart by hinging part of its plot on a toxic Cheez-Wiz derivative named “Cheese Squeeze.”

Everything else is kind of fuzzy (no pun intended). I remember there being an element of healthy sexuality to the film that was largely absent, at least in the un-punished variety, in the other tiny creature movies of its day. I also remember the movie losing steam during some kind of climax at a power plant. Sometimes I consider giving the film another spin, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t match up to my memory of it. Besides, I’ve got less than 50 years left on this planet and visiting something I’m fairly sure will disappoint me is an increasingly unsavory proposition.

 
  • http://www.facebook.com/dillon.brown.7 DB35

    My cousins and I watch this whenever we can find it, and it’s a hilarious time, especially if you slam a bunch of beers while doing so. Seriously, your stomach will hurt by the time it’s over from laughing so hard, so we try to revisit it any chance we get. There’s a scene where one of them gets trapped under a garbage can, but it has a full size shotgun in its grip, and it blows the can sky high and for whatever reason, we freakin’ die laughing at that part. Oh, nostalgia…

  • Micah

    I’ve always liked this one. Dumb fun.

  • GatewqyNomad

    It has been a long time, but I remember this being very funny.

  • NixEclips

    Hobgoblins. Much more amusing.

  • scaryclown

    Love this movie! Let’s not forget that it also stars Nadine Van Der Veld….who played ‘April’ in Critters!

    • EvanDickson

      @scaryclown that totally got by me! Good catch!

  • spaulding187

    I remember this they would multiply if u cut them.