Sunday, 12 June 2011

The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)

I knew very little about this movie, other than it involved a kid who got a fright, went bald and then solved his baldness with a Peanut Butter solution. I was obviously very excited by the plot synopsis.

Unfortunately there is a hell of a lot more to this film than meets the eye. Firstly there is a fire at an old house and the two kids decide to go closer for a better look, Michael gets the idea of climbing the rubble and looking in the window, only to receive a terrible fright, one which makes him lose all of his hair. The kid has one seriously ugly head. Besides ghosts, scares and hair loss, you have a really creepy child catcher at the centre of it all, something which I was not expecting. This must have been very scary for kids in the 80's, I was freaked out and i'm 25!

The acting from all is pretty laughable at times and the wigs they use for Michael's head are out of this world. In one scene in school when the hair is starting to grow longer than shoulder length I could swear it was Robin Lively (aka Teen Witch) sitting there. You also get Conrad, his best friend, who decides to put the solution on his balls which has bad consequences. The kids are supposed to be in Junior school, what kind of sick directory would do such a thing?

All in all it's a terrible movie but quite likeable, even if it is a little too dark for kids. I mean, you get a child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, right? *shudders*

You like those opening and closing credits, too? None other than Celine Dion!

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