Fans are amazed that a rare Tom Hanks horror isn’t appreciated anymore

We associate tom hanks with many things: talking cowboy dolls, precognitive death row guards, an illegal Dutch immigrant who brought Elvis to the top of the world, Forrest Gump… the list goes on. But no one would ever consider associating the legendary lead man with horror movies because, despite all the acting skills Hanks possesses, it just doesn’t feel right.

But Hanks hasn’t left these waters completely unexplored. In 1989, Hanks was in the cast of The ‘Burbsa dark horror comedy that has quietly faded into oblivion despite debuting at the top of the box office race during its opening weekend.

However, the internet has a way of bringing almost anything back to life, and the masses of r/horror have rallied to grant it The ‘Burbs a healthy reappraisal.

As for the answers, those of us who don’t know may have missed something, as there’s a strong whimsy to the movie quotes in the thread:

One user offered a reason for the film’s lackluster presence in the public consciousness, despite loving the film himself:

And another responder even drew comparisons stranger thingssuggesting that the film is not dissimilar to the hypothetical scenario of Ted Wheeler having to fight the Upside Down:

Just when you think you’ve found all the good Tom Hanks movies like runaways The ‘Burbs come and surprise yourself. Given the answers we’ve seen in this thread alone, we think this is one that should be added to the library. Fans are amazed that a rare Tom Hanks horror isn’t appreciated anymore

Lindsay Lowe

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