In the 80’s Tom Hanks was still coming up in his career and he did a lot of movies, some were great, and some were not so much. Its easy to point to films like “Big” or “splash” as his big break out roles that are still considered classics today. But for me the movie that was my favorite as a kid and still finds its way into my summer viewing schedule each year is “The ‘Burbs”.
Having recently moved into a suburb near Columbus OH the movie suddenly has more meaning than it did before. Screenwriter Dana Olsen wrote the film based on his own childhood where there was always that one house that seemed really creepy or that one neighbor that never came out of their house. Olsen states it best with “…As a kid, it was fascinating to think that Mr. Flanagan down the street could turn out to be Jack the Ripper. And where there’s fear, there’s comedy. So I approached The ‘Burbs as Ozzie and Harriet Meet Charles Manson.”