Today we’re talking about the 1998 film Halloweentown.
This is a timeless Halloween fable about a kid who loves spooky things and turns out it was because they were spooky too. Every kid who loves Halloween and all the stuff around it wishes they were Marnie.
The villain reveal surprised me the first time I saw it as an innocent twenty something and overall the movie flows really well. There is a little awkwardness in the love interest, but overall it’s a solid offering.
I love all the kids. They each work so well in their roles as underappreciated kid, sceptic, and spooky girl.
The grandmother is fantastic and pulls the film together extremely well.
The villain is hammy and over the top in the best way.
The mother, however, is quite possibly the most frustrating character possible. I can’t stand her.
“Someone’s coming.” is up there with “They’re here.” for creepy lines and I love it. Overall, the dialogue is solid, if a little young. Not quite as memorable as other Disney TV movies.
Visuals and Music
The special effects are cheap but endearing; the camera work is excellent though.
The music is okay, but could be better.
This movie is a family favourite. My son and daughter love it.
I didn’t see it until almost a decade after it came out and I’m sad I didn’t have the chance to experience it as a young teen. It’s an easy movie to watch and inspires wonder.
This is a fabulous movie for all those spooky kids that wish they were magical. The acting is solid and the story surprising. Definitely worthy of it’s place as a yearly family tradition. Kids will love it and parents will too, if they have any love of magic.
Final Score: 3.5 out of 5 Stars