Joe Dante‘s 1989 The ‘Burbs, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher, is seminal genre viewing.
Much like Robe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist, ‘Burbs tapped into the suburban gold rush for its story, which made it all the more relatable.
Anyways, for those of us who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, The ‘Burbs is an important part of our nostalgia that doesn’t quite get the love it deserves. Thus, hearing any behind-the-scenes story is cause for our full attention.
Dante, who also directed Gremlins and the upcoming Burying the Ex, shared this short, but hilarious story that stemmed from the relationship young actor Corey Feldman had with pop icon Michael Jackson.
During a reddit AMA, one user asked if Dante had any funny stories from the ‘Burbs set. He shared this gem: “Well, there was the time that Michael Jackson’s chimp Bubbles visited Corey Feldman and pooped all over his trailer. If that qualifies as funny…”
It does, and was worth all the energy I put into this post. Hopefully at least a few of you appreciate the madness behind this juicy little morsel of news.
If that’s not enough to warrant a story, here’s another gem: “Funny how The Burbs is outstripping Gremlins as the movie I’m asked about most often!” added Dante. “We were the only picture shooting on the lot during the writer’s strike of 1988 and a lot of the funniest stuff in it was ad-libbed by the cast. The whole thing was fun actually.”