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Shrunken Heads (1994)

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When three N.Y. kids are murdered, the local Hatiian voodoo priest re-animates their shrunken heads to exact revenge. Complications arise between one of the heads and his former girlfriend.

Director:

Richard Elfman

Writers:

Charles Band (original story idea), Matthew Bright (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julius Harris ... Mr. Sumatra
Meg Foster ... Big Moe
Aeryk Egan Aeryk Egan ... Tommy Larson
Rebecca Herbst ... Sally (as Becky Herbst)
A.J. Damato A.J. Damato ... Vinnie
Bo Sharon Bo Sharon ... Bill Turner
Darris Love ... Freddie Thompson
Bodhi Elfman ... Booger Martin
Troy Fromin ... Podowski
Leigh-Allyn Baker ... Mitzi
Paul Linke ... Mr. Larson
Billye Ree Wallace Billye Ree Wallace ... Mrs. Wilson
R.J. Frost R.J. Frost ... The Vipers
Randy Vahan Randy Vahan ... Plumber
Don Dolan Don Dolan ... Arresting Cop
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When three N.Y. kids are murdered, the local Hatiian voodoo priest re-animates their shrunken heads to exact revenge. Complications arise between one of the heads and his former girlfriend.

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They're superheroes from the heads...to their necks.


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R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cabeças Voadoras See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Full Moon's first theatrical release. See more »

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When Sally's walking as Vinnie and the Vipers approach her in their station-wagon, she's walking on the right side of their car, but when Mr. Sumatra gets her attention, she's suddenly on their left side, and there was enough time of her being out of the picture for her to cross the street when Vinnie was stopped by a few pedestrians crossing the street. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Sumatra: I will pluck out your tongues with bull cutters and roast them, and I will take your brains and chill them for the purposes of garnishment.
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After the credits Mitzi is seen talking to a big woman. She turns and screams when she sees Big Moe and Vinnie cleaning up garbage after being turned into zombies. See more »

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Super-hero kids with no bodies...cool!
1 April 2003 | by mopedcecilSee all my reviews

Master of the B movie Richard Elfman brings us a tale of 3 kids out to avenge their own deaths and put an end to a neighborhood gang of hoodlums. Sounds like a typical plot...but there's a twist: They have no bodies!

For those of you who were waiting for Richard Elfman (the director of the brilliant Forbidden Zone) to return to the cinema and finally follow up his masterpiece, this movie might not be what you expect. Elfman is known for outrageous characters and chaotic nonsense warped into something that actually makes sense. Besides the shrunken heads flying around with no bodies, Shrunken Heads takes a more subtle approach. But make no mistake, Richard Elfman's twisted handprints are all over this movie!

Like it's predecessor The Forbidden Zone, Shrunken Heads takes us to a world of its own liking where there are only reflections of a time or era that we might be familiar with. This might make some viewers feel uncomfortable. For me, it only expands the possibilities and exercises the imagination. Tim Burton (an obvious influence-ie of Elfman) captured a similar world in Edward Scissorhands.

Critics may not like Shrunken Heads for the same reasons they don't like other Full Moon movies. It does not fit into the intellectual box that most critics have constructed around cinema as far as pacing and originality are concerned. My advice to the viewer of this movie: if you don't over-analyze it, you will find its compelling qualities. I am not a qualified movie critic (obviously), but I like horror movies, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.


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