When a movie is described as a "fever dream," it's usually because it's so strange that it's unimaginable how millions of dollars were spent to put it on screen. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie isn't just weird, and it's not just a movie that lacks a cohesive plot and features characters that act like crazy people. It has all of those things, but it's also smothered in a heaping layer off gross-out sensibilities.
Based on a series of Topps trading cards, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie follows the shenanigans of characters like Valerie Vomit and Nat Nerd as they spray bodily fluids, threaten to eat people, and - for some reason - help with a fashion show. This movie isn't just the kind of thing that couldn't be made today. It's a movie that no production company would touch without a hazmat suit. If this look back at the gross world of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie makes you want to watch the film, then the only thing we can say is, "Sorry."
There are some characters in this film that are harder to look at than the others - Nat Nerd is one of those characters. Not only does he have a scrunched up face, but he's also covered in oozing whiteheads.
As if the greasy pus that's slowly seeping from his face isn't bad enough, there's his grating voice and propensity to urinate straight down his leg in every situation. Thankfully, he carries around a tiny mop that he uses to clean the floor. It's charming, really.
One of the best things about having a job is that you don't have to bathe in front of your employer. Outside of the whole money thing, it's right up there. That employment perk apparently went out the window when Dodger started working at Captain Manzini's Junk Shop.
After Dodger gets sprayed with sewer waste, he accidentally frees the Garbage Pail Kids, which of course makes him even messier. Captain Manzini decides that Dodger needs to take a bath. Not go home, but take a bath.
Manzini makes Dodger strip and clean himself in an antique tub in the middle of the shop while these creepy little creatures watch everything happen.
Children's cinema is littered with characters who are part animal and part person, but none of them are as obsessed with eating humans as Ali Alligator. Unlike the rest of the Garbage Pail Kids, Ali is hungry for human flesh.
Throughout the film, he constantly brings up how much he wants to eat toes, and when he's finally let loose on the world, he dives straight into mutilating people that get in his way. On a trip to a biker bar, he chomps down on a Harley rider's foot and starts a brawl. Of course, the Garbage Pail Kids are going to start trouble - but why does this guy have to eat toes?
When the Garbage Pail Kids make their way into the real world and start raising Cain, they’re picked up by the State Home for the Ugly, a government lab that brings in people for being “too fat,” “too ugly,” and basically just not normal. The inmates are kept in cages, with the GPKs being labeled as “too ugly.”
The whole concept of the place is offensive, but by the time viewers are introduced to the State Home, the idea of good taste is already in the trash. The movie doesn’t spend a lot of time in the State Home for the Ugly, but a couple of security guards talk about how the doctors like to “hurt people,” although they’re not clear about what the doctors actually do. The Kids are supposedly in danger of being crushed into a cube, which means that the facility has some kind of people-crusher - so remember to dream about that.