Nope, nothing spooky going on here AT ALL.
Image: 2019 Warner Bros Entertainment. Inc.

I haven’t had a chance to see The Banana Splits Movie yet but I still have to salute its game plan, which is roughly: Nostalgia, but make it horror. Why aren’t more reboots and remakes taking this approach? Ahead of the film’s digital and home video release, io9 has an ominous-as-hell clip to share.

First, a reminder of the film’s origins—Hanna-Barbera’s squeaky clean 1968 Banana Splits Adventure Hour, a live-action and animated variety show designed by the psychedelically-inclined Sid and Marty Krofft, starring a fictional “rock band” of costumed animals—and the nature of the update, courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment:

The Banana Splits Movie offers a new take on the classic characters. The film follows a boy named Harley and his family as they go to a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley. But things take an unexpected turn — and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom and their new pals safely escape?

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Here’s the clip, which sure makes it seem like these kids might not make it to second grade:

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Tra la la!

The Banana Splits Movie will air on Syfy later this year, but it hits digital on August 13, and will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on August 27.

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