18 August 2015



German Title:
Valkenvania - Die wunderbare Welt des Wahnsinns

USA, 1991
Director: Dan Aykroyd


In 1978, Dan Aykroyd was pulled over for speeding in some rural town and taken to the local judicial officer in the middle of the night. For whatever reason, Aykroyd thought this would make a terrific comedy-horror film. He wrote the screenplay, convinced several of his comedy buddies to star in it, somehow garnered an insanely high budget of $40 million from Warner Bros. and subsequently ended up directing the whole thing which follows a dumb businessman and his 'friends' who become prisoners in the wacky backwoods mansion of a super-sadistic judge who kills and tortures random people for shits and giggles.

"Nothing but Trouble" was eventually big trouble for Aykroyd after it bombed really hard at the box office, making only about $8 million in America. It pretty much killed off Dan Aykroyd's career (just one year after he got an Oscar nomination for his role in "Driving Miss Daisy"), and it also killed off the career of the movie's leading star Chevy Chase (like Aykroyd, most of his subsequent films flopped). Also, Aykroyd never directed another movie ever again *phew*

What wrent wrong, you may ask? Well... everything. Absolutely everything. Story and screenplay are both a tremendous mess that could be described as a retarded mix of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2", "Beetlejuice" and "The 'Burbs" with elements of "Fletch" and "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" thrown in. Aykroyd obviously couldn't decide between comedy, horror-comedy and straight horror, resulting in constant mood switches that are more than annoying, and an overall tone that is way too over the top. Almost every single character is either unlikable, obnoxious or simply unbearable, and even though there are tons of very well made practical effects going on, there's simply too many goofy gimmicks and silly death traps, too many ugly-looking settings and too much disgusting-looking make-up (gawd, I hated those two fat retard/mutant-babies), as well as shitloads of jokes and gags that JUST AREN'T FUNNY AT ALL! No, it's not funny seeing John Candy wearing girls clothes. No, it's not funny seing Dan Aykroyd with a fucking penis nose(!) in his face. And, no, it's definitely not funny having a toy train on a dinner table that shoots pickles at the actors.

I enjoyed some of the effects, especially the insane bone-crushing machine. Demi Moore is the only one in the movie who delivers a neat and somehow amusing performance. Oh, and I loved to see 2Pac in his very first on-screen appearance, together with his band "Digital Underground". As for the rest... ugh, ugh, ugh. Awful movie. Chevy Chase admitted that he didn't like the screenplay, that he "knew that the film was going to be the worst film he would ever make", and that he only took the leading role to work together with his friend Aykroyd. Damn, Chevy, it would have been a better decision if you would have done another
crappy "Caddyshack" sequel...

Oh btw: Roger Ebert hated the movie so much that he refused to write a review for the Chicago Sun-Times, though he talked about it in "At The Movies", telling a funky story about the night he saw the movie:
"I had a strange experience. I saw the movie on Tuesday night in a theater that was almost empty. But way in the back, there were three teenagers who were making a lot of noise... a lot of noise. I don't mean talking loudly among themselves. I mean shouting and screaming... and at one point, I turned around and asked them if they could talk a little louder." :-D

All stills stolen from this wonderful article: BuzzFeed.com/Most-traumatic-things-about-Nothing-but-Trouble


  1. Mr. Chase forgot about "Modern Problems"... that one was not Good...
    ... I actually enjoy this "Twisted movie"... and does have some good laughs...
    the "Judge" was a "Fun" performance to watch...
    and we loved the "over-the-top" aspect of this film...
    many of the "humor" elements that you mentioned ... we actually liked.... a Fun film... not to be taken as a serious horror film... and loved the insane "death Traps" ..... especially the "Bone Crusher"....
    ... Not all folks have the same tastes, good Sir...
    have a great day..

    1. Good for you, Doc ;) I just couldn't stand it. It tried way too hard to be oh-so-over-the-top. Pretty unbearable IMO.

      You, have a great day too, Sir!

  2. I've never heard of this, but what a brilliant cast!
    Such a shame it's not that great :(

  3. I've never seen it - getting a negative vibe from the trailers. I might check it out one of these days just to see another Aykroyd crapfest (like Loose Cannons),

    1. I'm pretty sure you will hate it about as much as me ;)


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