The 1991 American horror comedy fantasy film “Ernest Scared Stupid” was the last Ernest film to be released theatrically by Touchstone Pictures (Although the 1995 sports comedy film “Slam Dunk Ernest” did see a video release from Touchstone) while all future Ernest films were independently produced because many kids found the film to be too scary. Many people agreed that the plot of the film, a troll stealing the souls of children, as well as the death of the troll itself to be very disturbing.
This film is, ironically, considered the best film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell (Played by Jim Varney). You have to figure that, while the film is too scary for children, it’s scary nature makes it long-term a memorable film for the Halloween season. So…I guess they did something right.