Joe Dante directs John Goodman, Simon Fenton and Cathy Moriarty in this period coming of age tale about a boy more interested in a schlock horror premiere than the Cuban Missile Crisis unfolding around him.
An absolute treat – a love letter to old school horror, cinema going itself and America’s loss of innocence. A fine Goodman performance holds it together, Dante keeps the chaos and hysteria at just the right levels and the kids (while bland and not exactly Academy botherers) go through the motions attractively. The real highlight though is MANT! the black and white horror film shown within. Dante recreates this form of cheap age of the atom exploitation with an artisan’s zeal.