The Ghouligans Super Show (2008) – By Duane L. Martin

 You know, sometimes you don’t realize how much you miss something until you see it again years later.  We get so wrapped up in our modern day lives that we often forget the simple fun that was the late 60’s, early 70’s goofball variety shows.  When I was first asked to review The Ghouligans Super Show, I wasn’t really sure what the hell it was, but hey, I was game, so I had them send it to me.  Why wasn’t I sure?  Well, at first glance, it appears to be one of those goofy old variety shows, and I figured it was just something I had missed back in the day that had been re-released.  It turned out however to be a completely new retro-style production that aimed to capture the fun and lunacy of those great old shows.  But did it?

The show itself is inhabited by a variety of goofy characters.  Everything from a not so popular vampire to a doofy Frankenstein’s monster to a werewolf straight out of the 50’s.  There’s also a fish man, a zombie, luche libre wrestlers, the super hot Ghouligan’s Girls and many more strange and bizarre folks that bring the world of The Ghouligans to life.  These characters all appear in various, zany sketches throughout the show.

Now, how’d they do?

Well, honestly, despite a few problems, they did a really great job of capturing just the right feel for this type of a show.  There were only two problems I had with it.  The first was that I think the acting could use a bit more work to really get the feel down.  They have a good start, and I think if they make more of these shows, they’ll eventually really nail it down.  It was a good start though, and the show worked just fine the way it is.  The other problem is that the sketches could use some work.  Some were really enjoyable, while others were kind of pointless.  I guess all these types of shows from back in the day were like that, but there’s so much potential here, every opportunity to capitalize on it should be taken.

Now, that’s not to say any of it was bad, because the whole thing was enjoyable.  It just needs some tweaking here and there if they make more of these shows.  The thing that really struck me about this whole thing though were the production values.  These guys did an amazing job in bringing this whole Ghouligans world to life.  The costumes were fabulous and totally fitting with the style they were going after, the set design was awesome, their usage of props was just phenomenal, plus they had some great model work, special effects and a whole lot more.  I was really amazed by how much work they put into this thing, and all the effort they put into it really shows in the end product.  Another great thing was the music.  The music in this show was well done and once again, really suited the style of the production, bringing just the right feel to everything.

On a technical level, the camera work was great, as were the special effects.  The editing style did well to match the genre of the piece and the sound was good and clear throughout.  There’s really not a lot to complain about here technically.

What we have here is a rare treat.  It’s not often that we get to slip out of our modern lives for a while to be reminded of the fun and free-spiritedness of the past.  This shows gives us that, and more.

It’s currently showing around at various film festivals and the DVD is also available for purchase through their website.  I definitely recommend picking up a copy, and I really hope they make more of these shows in the future and continue to send them to me to review, because honestly, I had a great time with it.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out it’s website at http://www.theghouligans.com or The Slack Pack Productions website at http://www.theslackpack.com.