"People must wonder why on earth I gave this movie a perfect five star rating. Explanation?IT'S SO INCREDIBLY PSYCHO.I watched it and continued to laugh and laugh at how odd beyond odd it is. A must see for all."
Brandy | Eugene, OR United States | 06/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A cult classic! This movie is absolutley engrossing...and at times simply gross. I loved renting this movie when I was little but time made me forget what it was about...that is until I purchased it a month ago. I even love it more than I did as a child. It's an interesting take on what the future will be like (that is, what the people in the 80's thought the future would be like). Excellent film, go out and buy it today because it's practically impossible to find any place that rents it."
bob lundy | San Mateo CA | 08/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I appreciate the fair warnings about the transfer. I got beat-to-the-punch when someone else stole the only VHS copy I knew of, from the Wherehouse in the late eighties. So, when I happened upon the Laserdisc I added it to my collection of Champagne for Caesar and Susan Slept Here. They seemingly could also only be had in this format, which I'm now grateful for having excellent transfers of all three movies. With such excellent sources as these Laserdiscs, you wonder what could be the problem with making a decent DVD. Champagne for Caesar is also a lousy DVD transfer but it doesn't cost 3.98, it's 22.99.
Well, that being said, this is a marvelous movie. Everyone in it is wonderful though you'd almost have to say this was written expressly for Richard Portnow and John Glover, two extraordinarily gifted and undervalued character actors. Portnow is riotous as Glover's (Hollowhead's) boss Mr. Crabneck. What a name. No one but Glover could play Henry Hollowhead, the Ozzie Nelson of the future. A future where, like The Jetsons world being dominated by sprockets, Henry's world is ruled by and actually comes to the Hollowheads through tubes. Henry started as a lowly reamer and has by hard work and some creative tubing of his own climbed up to lower middle management (probably the equivalent of the lower G.I. tract) and raised up an average family perfectly suited for this tubular world. How well Henry entertains Mr. Crabneck as a dinner guest seems to be the determining factor in Henry's next upward movement. This thing is really wild. My favorite parts are the early Crabneck behavior toward the younger son and the provocative Julliette Lewis and what a reamer wears and does.
There were a bunch of these quirky, inventive family comedies around at this time. Mom and Dad Save the World and Stay Tuned are two pretty cute ones. Terror Vision and The Applegates were more like The Hollowheads and all three are terrific in the same way. They're sort of dark, a bit offensive, excellent in concept and execution and very original and oh ya, they're very, very funny."
Wonderfully bizarre cult hit marred by a incredibly poor tra
Navarro L. Parker | San Diego, CA United States | 11/04/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was a big fan of this movie since I discovered it hidden in a dark corner of a video store. It's wildly inventive, crazy, and stupid (but in a good way)!
Amazon lists this disc at under $4 -- and you sure get what you pay for! The DVD is an ultra-bargain basement release. I knew I was in trouble when I saw the box it came in. A half-thick DVD case with video captures for the box art. Not good! I owned the poster back in college.. why wasn't that used?
It's little more than a DVD dub of the VHS version. Colors are smeary, detail is blurry. The audio is muffled. The tape's tracking is bad in spots. Don't expect normal DVD clarity here!
While it's great that this movie is available on DVD, I just wish a little more effort went into this terrible transfer. Worth buying, though!"
"That's the tale of the tube, in one short spurt..."
Doctor Freudstein | 08/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A charming pop-art nightmare piped-in from another dimension, MEET THE HOLLOWHEADS is an unassuming cult sleeper brimming with wit and imagination. Highly stylized with bold colors and cartoonish sets, this zany satire paints a meticulously-detailed picture of an alternate universe where the world rests upon a literal "edge" of eternal nothingness and essentials are delivered through an elaborate network of underground tubes. The story follows a day in the life of the (seemingly) wholesome Hollowhead clan as they deal with all manner of familial strife, not the least of which is an unexpected visit from Mr. Hollowhead's slimy boss Mr. Crabneck, who wastes no time in coming on to Mrs. Hollowhead and proves harder to kill than Wolfgang Kieling in TORN CURTAIN. The playful juxtaposition of sitcom tropes with unhinged surrealism is both amusing and unsettling. Likable performances all around and endlessly quotable dialogue. Butt Polish, Puenetration Boxes, Splat-Spray Games: every other line is awash in mysterious, mostly unexplained jargon. This will no doubt drive some crazy. This movie is not for them. I thought half the fun was in not knowing exactly what the Hell "Softening Jelly" is. This underappreciated gem of the bizarre deserves a better DVD."