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It was Austin Powers before Austin Powers.

Review of Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam
by Letande D'Argon
Posted on May 9th, 2021
Neutral 6
Overall Rating

After the success of the initial commercials and direct-to-video anthology of comedic shorts, Ernest P. Worrell, Auntie Nelda and some other Jim Varney's personas made it to the big screen. But not... in the way we've all expected.

Unlike all of those Ernest movies that came after this, this flick? It's kinda creative, really. It was, like, Austin Powers before Austin Powers. There's that villain Dr. Otto with his evil device called Gloom Beam, there's that guy Lance Sterling (no, not the one from Spies in Disguise) who looks like a loser but somehow always end up winning and... there's a lot of weird situations and crazy design.

Thanks to all that, I always felt like that this movie is... pretty underrated, really. That hand on Dr. Otto's head alone deserves a lot of praise. Obviously, this movie isn't for everybody, but as long as you're looking for a strange comedy? Well, it's a comedy movie. And it's sure strange.

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