Ernest Scared Stupid is a 1991 American comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the fifth film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell. The film has Ernest accidentally unleashing an army of trolls upon a small town on Halloween and the plot involves him joining a few children in fighting back. It was shot in Nashville, Tennessee like its predecessors Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam, Ernest Goes to Camp, Ernest Saves Christmas, and Ernest Goes to Jail. It was the last Ernest film to be distributed theatrically by Touchstone Pictures. Due to the film's modest gross of $14,143,280 at the U.S. box office , this was the final Ernest film to be released under the Disney label Touchstone Pictures. All future Ernest films would be independently produced, and following the financial failure of the theatrical release Ernest Rides Again, all Ernest films would shift to a straight-to-video market. The film's opening credits feature a montage of clips from various horror and science fiction films. It is highly likely that the clips were used more for their public domain status (making them free for the filmmakers to use) rather than their fame. Films seen in the credits include Nosferatu (1922), White Zombie (1932), Phantom from Space (1953), The Brain from Planet Arous (1957), The Screaming Skull (1958), Missile to the Moon (1958), The Hideous Sun Demon (1959), The Giant Gila Monster (1959), The Killer Shrews (1959), Battle Beyond the Sun, and the Roger Corman-directed black comedy The Little Shop of Horrors (1960).