The movie Ghoulies came out in the summer of 1985. I was eight years old at the time and I couldn't get over the poster for the film - a round-headed ghoul popping out of a toilet. The ad was everywhere: at the movie theater, on TV...I was obsessed. I was definitely not the films demographic, nor was my four year old sister, who I'd also turned into a Ghoulies freak. We petitioned our mom, begged and pleaded with her to take us to see this Ghoulie movie - to the point where she actually gave in and said she would take us.
I remember the day we went. We'd spent the morning at the pool and the asphalt was like tar. It was hot, hot enough that when you opened the car door the overpowering heat attacked you and made it hard to breathe. The seat belts were scorching, opening the windows did nothing to alleviate the heat. Only time and the air conditioning could do that. We drove away from the pool, down the winding Alabama roads, the lush greenery overflowing around us. We got to the theater mid-day and there was hardly anyone there for the afternoon movies even though it was the heart of Summer. Outside, the poster for Ghoulies was up on the wall along with all the other 'playing now' and 'coming soon' films. We parked, clamoring back into the heated, humid air and crossed the lot. We followed our mom over to the ticket window and waited while she asked for three tickets to see Ghoulies. To her happiness - and our misery - the kid behind the window said that Ghoulies wasn't playing anymore, but there WAS another film called The Goonies playing. She bought three tickets for the The Goonies movie and we went into the air-conditioned theater, the cool air blasting our faces and causing gooshflesh to break out on our arms.
Of course, we loved The Goonies. It was great - an instant classic. And for the longest time, I thought it was so fortuitous that we missed Ghoulies and ended up with The Goonies. It's only as I get older that I think back to that time and realize there was nothing 'fortuitous' about it.
Our mom had to have known that Ghoulies was gone when she took us to that theater.