Ghoulies 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 269, September/October 2023

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Take a creepy old Hollywood mansion, a naive young man and a pretty girl. Add an over-the-top orgy and some slimy, winged goblins who crawl out of tollets, and you have "Ghoulies," a horrifying and hilarious ride into the darkest regions of hell. Conjured during a party thrown by the mansion' new owner, the hairy, fanged demons waste no time wreaking havoc on the scene and declaring the unsuspectiing owner their new lord and master. (Gary Reber)

Special features include archival commentary with Director Luca Bercovici; archival commentary by Director Bercovici moderated by Jason Andrasen of Terror Transmission; video introduction by Bercovici (HD ); "Editing An Empire" interview with Ted Nicolau (HD 27:30); "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste" interview with Scott Thompson (HD 22:02); "Just For The Chick Man" interview with Bercovici (HD 33:48): the featturette "From Toilets To Terror" (HD 29:48); photo gallery; theatrical trailer; collectable "4K LaserVision" midi-poster; plus bonus material.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed on 35 mm film stock using the Arriflex 35 BL3 camera system and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate scanned from the original 35 mm camera negative. Film is smooth and light. Color fidelity exhibits strongly saturated rich and warm hues that at times are intense and pop with variations. Nuanced hue shadings are evident throughout. Flesh tones can be natural but at times reddish in complexion. Earthy colors appear natural. The house appears realistic in furnishings and build. HDR contrast is excellent with deep black levels and revealing shadows, White levels appear realistic, such as the robes worn by Johnathan's dead guests. Visual effects are corny throughout, Resolution is revealing of fine detail throughout, This is a low budget production, which shows in every scene and displays outrageous special effects and over-the-top antics. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 monaural soundtrack is undistinguished with dated fidelity. Dialogue is intelligible and often ADR produced. Richard Band's orchestral score at times sounds full but the high frequencies sound harsh. (Gary Reber