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The ‘Burbs

Released 1989
Distributor Universal

Director Joe Dante is fond of quoting the New York Times review that stated “The Burbs is as empty as a movie can be without actually creating a vacuum”. But over the years this odd ensemble piece, shot in sequence due to a concurrent writers’ strike, has developed a hardy cult following of fans who can quote the (often improvised) dialog verbatim. Notable as the last film appearance of macabre performance artist Brother Theodore (Gottlieb). Btw the screen grab above is from a deleted scene–in the background is Archie Hahn as the mailman who never appears in the film.

About Ti West

Ti West is the writer and director of The Roost, Trigger Man, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, V/H/S/ (Second Honeymoon) & The Sacrament.  In general, he is a big fan of movies and the trailers that come before them.