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Not for cowards!
In The Willies, two brothers and their cousin tell each other scary stories inside a tent at night. They start off with three quick urban legends to set the mood. Then, ten minutes in, they get to the two main segments of the anthology. Segment one is every bullied teenager’s wet dream; a tale about a vengeful toilet monster you won’t soon forget. Segment two is about a boy obsessed with flies.
Most characters are children or tweens. The target audience is young, so the gore is minimal but it’s there. The editing is botched, the acting is horrendous, there are serious pacing issues, the dialogue is pretty bad and the morales of the segments are highly questionable, but the film is somehow entertaining regardless. In the end, these feel like adaptations of horror novellas for teenagers.
Sometimes a thriller, sometimes repugnant, sometimes a monster movie and sometimes a comedy, The Willies never really finds its tone. It doesn’t even manage to remain politically correct and can hardly be recommended to kids. Mutants strangle teenagers, teachers piss blood, revenants get dismembered and parents give up on raising their psychotic child. It’s all in here, kiddos!