Here’s a fun little story: I remember being a kid, we’ll say I was about 8-years-old. I woke up in the middle of the night and went out into the living room and my Mom was watching TV. I asked her what she was watching – and she said “Some movie called Humongous. Now get your ass back to bed”. And that’s how I learned about the 1982 horror movie called Humongous!
But I’m not here to talk about my Mom scolding me for being up in the middle of the night while she caught up on her random 80’s horror movies. I’m here to talk about the awesomeness of the poster for Humongous.
Now is Humongous a good horror movie? Nope – hardly not. But it does get to brag and boast about it’s poster which has a pretty great tagline: It’s loose….It’s angry….And it’s getting hungry! I love me a good tagline. I also love the baby building blocks that spell out the name of the movie as well. Sure it’s cheesy, but I don’t mind cheese. Especially cheddar. Do you need to seek out Humongous and watch it? Probably not. But you can gaze your eyes upon that poster and realize and understand why 80’s horror was just so great. Viva la 80’s horror! Btw – what the hell was my Mom watching this movie for?
I love a good pun. And something that I love even more than good puns are slimy green creatures with bad teeth that stick their heads up out of toilets. So, naturally it was a win-win situation for me when I first gazed upon the poster for Ghoulies back in 1985.
Take a good look at that beauty of a poster……because the actual movie is pretty awful so the poster is really all that we have going for us unfortunately. Yes, Ghoulies as a film is not good. But dammit if those involved with the marketing knocked it out of the park, because the poster and cover art for the VHS lured people into watching this crap. Sure, it’s an 80’s guilty pleasure to some and uncomfortable toilet paper to others – but you can’t deny the sheer genius of the tagline ‘They’ll Get You In The End!” along with the image of that green Ghoulie coming out of the crapper. Speaking of crap and crappers, they rode that toilet theme all the way to Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College. That’s right….they actually went to college.