Usually when I think of movies which deserve the “Collector’s Edition” treatment, Garbage Pail Kids does not come to mind. But Scream Factory did it anyway, so here we are. I haven’t seen this movie since I was pretty young. I didn’t like it, and it really holds no sentimental value for me at all. I remember it being way slimier and gross that it actually is, and honestly I think, viewing it as an old-ass man, I may like it even less than I did back then. That’s not to say that it doesn’t deserve to be on my shelf with all of Scream Factory’s other excellent Collector’s Edition Blu-rays, but among those films, it probably ranks near the bottom.
So, what’s so terrible about the movie itself? Practically everything. The story is an incoherent ripoff of several popular kid-related fantasy/sci-fi movies that came before it, the acting is unbearable, and some scenes, the bath scene in particular, made me question the morals of the person who penned the screenplay. The only merit possessed by the Garbage Pail Kids movie, is how utterly, and fascinatingly bad it really is, and/or how it was ever made in the first place. The movie was released in ’87, so it sorta shares a similar aesthetic as The Dolph Lundgren Masters of the Universe film. And if you thought that was bad (I think it’s badass) wait till you get a load of this.
When all was said and done, was there a beginning, a middle, and an end to this story? Sort of, but not really. I watched it twice, including bonus features, just for this review, and I honestly still don’t know what this movie was trying to accomplish, beyond cashing in on a then-popular intellectual property. Would I recommend viewing this movie to anyone? It depends on who’s asking. If you only watch a few movies per month, and you’re asking me if you need to see The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, I’m going to tell you hell no. But if watching garbage has become your life, and you’re already collecting cult movie Blu-rays in the first place, I could think of worst ways to waste 20 bucks or so.
Despite the movie itself being six different kinds of awful, Scream Factory still did an impressive job with its Collector’s Edition debut. The artwork for the front cover is probably better than the movie itself, the video transfer is beyond acceptable. It actually looks way better on the format than I thought it would. I remember it being a very ugly movie, and it still is, but the clarity in which the ugliness is presented is impressive, nonetheless. The audio is fine, no issues to report there, and believe it or not, it actually comes with some “new interviews” which is presented as more of a retrospective documentary, than individual interviews. Also included on the disc is the original theatrical trailer. If there’s something wrong with you, and you just love The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, well then this is the Blu-ray release you’ve been waiting your whole life for. If, like me, you really couldn’t care one way or another, it’s still a damn-fine Scream Factory Collector’s edition to display on the shelf, and a terrible, yet fascinating way to spend ninety seven mostly-joyless hours.