Once again, Warner Bros. has successfully offended me by putting another one of my favorites on DVD in a low-quality pan & scan disc. They really need to stop blowing off their movies with cruddy DVDs like this. If they have so little respect for these movies they shouldn't have greenlit the projects in the first place. Hear me, Warners? You should be ashamed. I find myself regetting that other studios did not release these movies. If New Line had released it, this film would have gotten proper digital video disc treatment. Or even Paramount for that matter.
But to get to the film at hand. I must say that my four star rating (this is for the actual movie) is a bit biased. This film barely makes three stars, but I am quite fond of it. It never did well and most people have forgotten it. But I have fond memories of it. It's a clever little movie that gives a nod to the black humour of "rural" horror films of the past such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. That backwoods American gothic vibe is very prevalent here as a group of wandering yuppies stumble upon a roughneck family controlling a small town in the sticks. But mind you, this is more or less a pretty lighthearted movie. John Candy takes a double role as the town Sheriff and The Judge's daughter. The Judge, played with complete and utter excellence by Dan Akroyd, takes the supreme chair in the crumbling mansion that doubles as the town hall. And Demi Moor and Chevy Chase are just fine as the well-meaning yuppies. The jokes are not sophisticated (laughs are derived from such things as gross food to the dirty living conditions of the old Judge) but they come often enough to keep the wheels rolling. All in all, a well-done little movie that I truly think deserves the label "under-rated". Now, if only I could say the same about Warner.