Synopsis: A showman introduces a small coastal town to a unique movie experience and capitalises on the Cuban Missile crisis hysteria with a kitschy horror extravaganza combining film effects, stage props and actors in rubber suits in this salute to the B-movie.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Joe Dante
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
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Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

and get the $10?

What's wrong?

They sent them out today,

a lot a guys from the base.


Out where?

I don't know.

He called and said it

was some kind of exercise,

special ops --

aw, something.

They won't even tell them

for how long.

Just had to go.

Well, it's --

yeah. Shh, shh.


$100 in cash if you will

just put your hand in there...

Where those two rats are.

All right, come on.

Put your hand in.

[audience laughing]

Put it in.


What is it?

[Audience laughing]

They're white rats,

aren't they?

What did they stop it for?

[Tv announcer]

Nbc news brings to you from

the white house in Washington...

An address by president kennedy

declared to be officially

of the highest national urgency.

The president

of the United States.


Good evening,

my fellow citizens.

This government,

as promised,

has maintained

the closest surveillance...

Of the soviet military buildup

on the island of Cuba.

Within the past week,

hey, mom.

Unmistakable evidence

has established the fact...

That a series of

offensive missile sites...

Is now in preparation

on that imprisoned island.

Several of them include

medium-range ballistic missiles,

capable of carrying

a nuclear warhead...

For a distance of more than

Each of these missiles,

in short,

is capable of striking

washington D.C., cape canaveral,

or any other city

in the southeastern part

of the United States.

- They're gonna bomb us?

- No. Shh.

...A strict quarantine on all

offensive military equipment...

Under shipment to Cuba

is being initiated.

All ships of any kind

bound for Cuba,

where they're found to contain

cargoes of offensive weapons,

be turned back.

We will not prematurely

or unnecessarily...

Risk the cost of

worldwide nuclear war,

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Charles S. Haas

Charles Stephen Haas (born October 22, 1952), also known as Charles Haas or Charlie Haas, is an American screenwriter and actor, and novelist. Haas was born in Brooklyn, the son of Eunice (née Dillon) and Philip Haas, who was an attorney. Haas began his writing career with the film Over the Edge (1979). It was co-written with Tim Hunter and starred Matt Dillon. He later worked on Martians Go Home (1990) starring Randy Quaid. At around this time he was approached to write the script to the film Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), which was directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael Finnell. Haas also had a small acting role in the film as one of the scientists. Haas later took part in recording the DVD commentary for that film, and it was noted that it was Haas's idea to set that film in New York City. Haas would later work with Dante and Finnell again, writing the script for and appearing in the film Matinee (1993). More recently, Charlie Haas wrote the 2009 novel The Enthusiast, which was published by HarperCollins. He also wrote a humor piece for The New Yorker in April 2010. more…

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