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John Goodman stars as "the screen's number one shock expert" and ballyhoo specialist, Lawrence Woolsey (affectionately based on William Castle), who turns up in Key West in 1962 to present a preview of his latest horror B-film, Mant. This highly enjoyable and provocative teenage comedy, set during the Cuban missile crisis, was directed by Joe Dante Gremlins, Inner Space) and written by Jerico and Dante regular Charlie Haas, all of whom have a lot of fun cooking up the black-and-white Mant (about a man transformed by radiation into a giant ant) and many other such absurdities of the early 60s, especially those provoked by war fever. They're also pretty adroit in suggesting some of the absurdities of the early 90s. (It turns out that Woolsey's scare tactics are a somewhat more benign version of the government's, and without insisting on this point the movie nonetheless does a very clever job of juggling the parallels for all they're worth.) With Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton (an English teenager who does an astonishing job of sounding American), Omri Katz, Kellie Martin, Lisa Jakub, and a number of enjoyable character actors including Jesse White, John Sayles, and Dick Miller. (Webster Place, Ford City, Bricktown Square, Lincoln Village, Water Tower)

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