WriterLance Smith (screenplay) Release date1987 CastNadine Van der Velde (Cindy), Charlie Stratton (Paul Watterman), Harvey Korman (Cecil Watterman), Harvey Korman (Simon Watterman), Alix Elias (Melvis), Charlie Phillips (Eddie) Similar moviesJurassic World, Godzilla, The Loch Ness Horror, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Cloverfield, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Tagline... Just when you thought it was safe to raid the fridge!
31 horror movies in 31 days 3x28 munchies 1987
Munchies is a 1987 comedy horror film starring Harvey Korman, Charlie Stratton, and Nadine Van der Velde. Clearly inspired by the success of Gremlins, and directed by that film's editor, Tina Hirsch, the film features a remarkably similar plot line. It spawned two sequels, Munchie and Munchie Strikes Back, which possess no relation to the original save the title. These two films dealt with an impish wish-granting creature named Munchie.
The protagonist, space archaeologist Simon Watterman, discovers a fossilized "Munchie" in a cave in Peru and accidentally reanimates it. Bringing the specimen back to the United States, Watterman's son and girlfriend name it Arnold. Cecil Watterman, Simon's evil twin brother and snack food entrepreneur, kidnaps Arnold while Cindy and Paul are making out.
When Arnold is hurt by his kidnappers, it becomes aggressive and attacks Cecil's adopted son. Attempting to kill Arnold, they chop him into quarters, but instead of dying, Arnold multiplies into four new munchies. The quartet of creatures develop a love of women, beer, attacking people, and junk food in the process.
Charlie Stratton (Charles Stratton) as Paul Watterman
Nadine Van der Velde as Cindy
Harvey Korman as Cecil Watterman and Simon Watterman
Alix Elias as Melvis
Hardy Rawls as Big Ed
Robert Picardo as Bob Marvalle
Wendy Schaal as Marge Marvalle
Paul Bartel as Dr. Crowder
Ellen Albertini Dow as Little Old Lady
Steven Bernstein as Dean
Frank Welker as the voice of Munchie
Fred Newman as the voice of Munchie
Tina Hirsch had edited three films for Corman in the 1970s. In the mid 80s she wanted to direct and told him. Corman wanted to make a Gremlins knock off, which were profitable at the time, and since Hirsch had edited that film it seemed a good fit. Munchies was shot over 12 days, followed by three days of filming puppets and inserts.