Theatrical release poster
|Written by||Dana Olsen|
|Edited by||Marshall Harvey|
|Box office||$49.1 million|
The 'Burbs is a 1989 American
On Mayfield Place, a
While snooping around one evening, Ray, Art and military veteran, Lt. Mark Rumsfield, watch Hans Klopek drive his car from the garage to the curb, then carry a large garbage bag from the trunk to the garbage can and bang it with a hoe. During the night, Ray watches the Klopeks digging in their back yard with pick-axes during a rainstorm. The following morning, Art checks the contents of a garbage truck, as workers collect the Klopeks' trash can. He is joined by Rumsfield and Ray, but they find no human remains, suspecting, that's what the contents of their garbage contained.
Bonnie Rumsfield finds a dog running loose and realizes it belongs to another neighbor of theirs, an elderly man named Walter, and wonders if Walter went away – it, being unlike him to leave his dog running loose. Ray, Art, Bonnie, and Ricky Butler, the curious (and quite amused by all his neighbor's doings) kid, who lives next door to the Rumsfields, go to Walter's house and find his toupee in the kitchen, believing this to be a clue to Walter's sudden disappearance. Ray collects the dog and leaves a note for Walter, explaining the situation. The following night, Ray and Art have a meeting in the Petersons' basement and theorize about Walter's mysterious disappearance.
Carol, Ray's wife, grows tired of her husband, and his buddies, snooping around the Klopeks' home and she requests that she, Ray, and the Rumsfields pay the Klopeks a visit, there, meeting Hans, Reuben, and Werner while Art snoops around in the backyard. Later that evening, Ray reveals to Art and Rumsfield that, he found Walter's toupee in the Klopeks' basement, which he had previously slipped through Walter's mailslot after the group found it inside his house a couple of days earlier. Deducing that the Klopeks must have entered Walter's house in order to retrieve the toupee, Ray and the others are convinced the Klopeks have murdered Walter, and the trio agree to investigate the Klopeks' backyard the next day, knowing the Klopeks would be gone for the day.
In the morning, Ray sends Carol and son Dave to go to visit Carol's sister, leaving Ray free to explore the Klopeks' place with his buddies. After Art disables the Klopeks' security system, he and Ray enter the backyard and begin digging for Walter's remains, while "commando" Rumsfield stands guard on his roof. After hours of digging and finding nothing incriminating, Ray and Art enter the house, where they discover what they believe to be a
That evening, the Klopeks come back, only to drive back out when they see lights on in their basement. Rumsfield, Art, and Ricky are shocked to see that Walter has returned home. When the Klopeks return with the police, Art goes into the Klopeks' home to rescue Ray, who, after thinking he had discovered a crypt that contains Walter's remains, realizes it's a gas line, which he struck with his pick-axe. He yells for Art to flee, right before the house explodes into flames, with Ray still inside. A disheveled, and scorched, Ray emerges from the flames just as his wife returns.
Art speaks to an officer, who tells him that Walter had had a medical emergency and that his family had taken him to the hospital, thus explaining his mysterious and sudden disappearance. While away, Walter had made arrangements for the Klopeks to pick up his mail for him. When Ray had slipped the toupee through the mail slot, it was picked up, mistakenly, along with the mail. Ray snaps at Art and declares that they were wrong about the Klopeks, before lunging at Art and then throwing himself into an ambulance on a gurney.
Joining Ray in the ambulance, Werner Klopek, thinking that Ray must have seen a skull that he kept in the furnace, confesses that they murdered the previous owners of the house and that the skull belongs to one of them, thus revealing that they had been right about the Klopeks, after all. Werner attempts to murder Ray with a lethal injection and collect his skull, as Hans assumes the role of the ambulance driver, but crashes into the Weingartners' house during the struggle. The gurney, with Ray and Werner still struggling on, rolls out of the ambulance and down the street. Ray makes a