JFD75: The Huggabunch, Mr. Boogedy, Super Xuxa
By popular demand, we're immersing ourselves in three cracked-out children's movies this week! These hard-to-find flicks were sent to us by Michael from All Clues No Solutions so be sure to check him out.
Up first, we need to save our grandma from the perils of old age while getting as many hugs as possible from creepy puppets in 1985's "The Hugga Bunch." The film stars a robot girl from the Deep South and was directed by just some dude.
Then we watch as a family of travelling practical jokesters move into a house that's haunted by the centuries old spirit of "Mr. Boogedy." This surprisingly scary 1986 Disney movie stars young versions of Kristy Swanson and David Faustino.
Finally, Brazil's favorite sexy children's show host fights the devil in a blatant Labyrinth rip off called "Super Xuxa." This 1988 movie co-stars a bunch of crappy looking puppets and a pair of very short shorts.
We also discover the secret of Sweet Chilly Williams.
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Wow, thanks for the nice plug and the kind words.ReplyDelete
I remember watching MR. BOOGEDY as well but couldn't remember the name of it for a long time. I thought it was just called BOOGEYMAN, so I kept running into that 1980 film THE BOOGEYMAN by the awful Ulli Lommel. The glowing footprints on the walls and ceilings really stuck out in my mind as well. I think there are a whole lot of people in our age group that watched this and forgot about it, because both MR. BOOGEDY and THE HUGGA BUNCH were on the top ten list of most frequent answers on this site that I used to go to alot where people submitted forgotten movie memories that they were trying to figure out.
Also, you didn't mention it, but I really like the visuals in THE HUGGA BUNCH. I love rainbow-colored miniature or stage-created fake fantasy worlds or landscapes; much like Sid & Marty Krofft used to do on their shows. And like they explained in the making-of, THE HUGGA BUNCH used a then cutting-edge patented process called INTROVISION, which used in-camera composites of live-action and plate photography through complicated front-projection techniques that also alowed actors to seem as if they were moving around in the fake environments. And because they were in-camera composites and not running the same film back through for multiple passes to add the opticals, the interaction between the actors and the landscapes looks much more bright and realistic, as opposed to having that discernable darkened seperate layer look. This same process was used for THE NIGHT THEY SAVED CHRISTMAS (1984), a fun 80's Christmas fantasy TV movie, to show Santa's Village at the north pole, which also looks pretty amazing.