One of American Horrors Future Cult directors, Chris J. Miller, favorite childhood horror finds, The Willies is an American 1990 comedy/horror film anthology written and directed by Brian Peck (best known as Scuz in The Return of the Living Dead). It is, to date, the only film Peck has written or directed.
The Willies features cameos by several recognizable genre and character actors. Two of Peck’s The Return of The Living Dead co-stars, James Karen and Clu Gulager, appear. The Goonies star Sean Astin plays one of the film’s storytellers. Kathleen Freeman (of The Blues Brothers, Gremlins 2: The New Batch) plays an elementary school teacher. Michael Bower (“Donkeylips” from TV’s Salute Your Shorts) plays a disturbed teenager. Growing Pains stars Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, and Jeremy Miller make appearances as does Cameron’s wife actress Chelsea Noble. Twin Peaks alums Dana Ashbrook and Kimmy Robertson also appear. The Willies is also an early film credit of stand-up comedian Doug Benson.
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