Horror Hayride (1991)

  |  Short, Comedy



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22 June 1999 | Scritzy
10
| Webb Wilder: Unappreciated Genius
I first saw HORROR HAYRIDE shortly after a friend's suicide. Viewing this decidedly abnormal film, which is essentially a long-form video for Webb Wilder's disc DOODAD, made me laugh, truly, deeply and hysterically, for the first time since her death. Since then I have purchased the video (yeah, some people do think I'm crazy but get over it!) and watched it countless times. Webb Wilder is in a class of his own. An actor of the Jack Webb School of Emotion, he also writes lyrics of the type that Lyle Lovett would write if Lyle were on Prozac (or maybe something stronger).

The film unfolds in semi-documentary fashion, with Webb's reluctant agreement to help Kirsten, the governor's daughter, with her little driver's ed film. But Briley Parkway, the "film school ... intellectual smart-butt" director Kirsten has engaged to shoot the driver's ed flick is involved in something shadier than tossing mannequin heads in the audience as a careless driver is beheaded. Perhaps he isn't the "vapid, shallow ... congenitally misinformed, moronic Napoleonic fop" described by the head of the driver's ed board, but he doesn't seem to have come from the Disney organization either. Webb's search for the secret gets complicated by his reunion with an old flame, head doctor Barbara Slovine. They lament their broken relationship at a cast party ... Did I mention that at said party Webb and undercover highway patrolman Travis Byrd sing a song apparently entitled, "If You Don't Think Elvis Was Number One, You're Full of Number Two." (I once threatened to sing this ditty when I was entertaining a group of senior citizens.) Webb, a true incompetent spy long before Austin Powers said his first "baaaaayyyyybeee," gets to the truth but can't put the scum away despite his judo moves; he promptly gets tossed on his back with the comment, "Boy, you're dumber'n a bucket o' rocks." So who saves the day? Do yourself a favor, rent the flick and find out. (You'll find it in a trilogy called CORN FLICKS.)

Aliens, nightmares, tater tots and Twitty City, not to mention a kickin' cover version of the Electric Prunes' psychedelic masterpiece, "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" ... HORROR HAYRIDE has much to offer the inquiring mind. Though I've been told more than once that a person would have to be stoned to understand, much less like, this film, I disagree. It helps to be cold sober and wounded. Because there's nothing like laughing until you fall off the sofa to keep you sane. I'm forever grateful to the unappreciated genius of the self-proclaimed "last of the full-grown men." I actually listen to his music, too. And like it. Oh, and I have an autographed picture sitting in my studio. Am I crazy? Yeah, have been since the age of twelve. Am I a Webb Wilder fan? Way, major. Pick up on it!

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Quotes

Old Man: That Ol' Deceiver don't want you to have this well, brother. His breath is frost, his touch is fever, and his eternal enemy is that one which gives the water. I'm speakin' of the Lord; anybody can dig a hole.


Goofs

In some scenes, the lenses of Webb Wilder's eyeglasses are clearly missing.


Alternate Versions

Two versions exist on VHS. Originally, it was released as a companion video to the Webb Wilder album "Doo Dad", and shortly thereafter, was featured in the compilation Corn Flicks (1992) (V). In the version that appears on Corn Flicks, numerous camera angles, background music and sound effects have been reedited to an improved effect, and additional background music from the Webb Wilder album "It Came From Nashville" has been added. Additional changes are:

  • Some of the dialog at the beginning of the movie between Travis Byrd and The Governor has been shortened.
  • At the Legion of State Task Forces meeting, Mr. Frye's monologue has been re-dubbed so that he is speaking more deliberately.
  • In the Doo Dad companion, when Webb arrives at the party at Carlsbad's, he and Dr. Barbara Slovine see each other from across the room, and Webb approaches her. In the Corn Flicks compilation, this scene was re-shot, clearly on a different type of film stock. In this revised scene, Dr. Slovine holds up a glass of wine and smiles at Webb, and he smirks and returns an approving nod.
  • While sitting in Webb's kitchen, he and Dr. Barbara Slovine are discussing rekindling their failed romance when they are interrupted by an urgent phone call from Kirsten. In the Corn Flicks version, the scene ends here. In the Doo Dad companion, the scene continues with Webb grabbing his blazer & fedora as he tells Dr. Slovine that he's off to help Kirsten rescue Briley from the mobsters. They share a brief joke about love & headaches, and kiss goodbye. After Webb leaves, Dr. Slovine starts thumbing through the drawings of aliens in Webb's sketchpad.
  • While Webb and Kirsten are on their way to rescue Briley, the Doo Dad companion opens the scene with Webb giving a brief narrative while the "Webb Wilder Theme" from Private Eye (1984) is playing in the background. Webb and Kirsten then have a dialog, in which he convinces her to explain Briley's involvement with the mobsters. In the Corn Flicks version, the "Webb Wilder Theme" has been replaced by the Webb Wilder song "Sputnik", and the dialog has been dubbed over with Webb narrating the entire scene.

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Genres

Short | Comedy

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Release Date:

5 October 1991

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Austin, Texas, USA

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