(Family Friendly) Halloween Horror: Return to Halloweentown

Hello, my darling readers!
Let’s talk about the final movie in the Halloweentown franchise, Return to Halloweentown. Shall we?

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

On the eve of Halloweetown’s 1000th anniversary celebration, Witch University student Marnie Piper (Sara Paxton) must enlist the aid of two close friends in order to finally reveal a long-buried secret hidden in an ancient prophecy. Marnie has just won a full scholarship to the prestigious Witch University in Halloweentown, and she’s eager to begin studying up on alchemy, amulets, and magic potions. While Marnie is all set to become Witch University’s most popular coed, the new ban on magic at the school poses something of a problem for the young witch eager to realize her true powers. Later, Marnie discovers an ancient prophecy that holds the key to unlocking a legendary secret. Now, in order to ensure that Halloweentown’s Millennial Celebration goes off without a hitch, Marnie will call on her old friends Ethan (Lucas Grabeel) and Benny the Skeleton in addition to seeking out the wisdom of new pals Professor Periwinkle and Aneesa the Genie. Will Marnie and her friends be able to fend off the evil that threatens to consume Halloweentown, or could it be that this strange and supernatural town has been marked for destruction since the day it was founded?

The Rating:

So, the story isn’t that bad and the movie has it’s moments but there are some huge issues we need to discuss.

First of all, they recast Marnie for no fathomable reason whatsoever. What I gathered from interviews and stuff is that even the original actress Kimberley J. Brown was surprised. It’s not that Sarah Paxton is doing a bad job, but the Halloweentown franchise kind of hinges on Marnie and just recasting her without rhyme or reason is weird, annoying, and pissed of a good amount of fans.

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(Family Friendly) Halloween Horror: Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge

Hey guys!
Today I bring you another family-friendly alternative to the usual horror movies I review in October. Let’s see how the second installment of the Halloweentown series fares in comparison!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Witches are on the warpath in this sequel to the original hit movie about Marnie, a girl who learns on her 13th birthday that she comes from a family of witches. Debbie Reynolds again stars as Marnie’s grandmother Aggie, as the family returns to its native Halloweentown to find that all the magic seems to have gone. It seems that Aggie’s spell book has been stolen by an angry warlock, who’s going to turn every human into whatever creature’s costume they are wearing at midnight on Halloween.

The Rating:

Okay, I think I like the story for this one better than for the first, or at least the idea. I can’t help but wonder whether every character is supposed to be this daft.

Most of the problems could have been prevented if somebody had paid a little attention and had connected the dots, but apparently, nobody here notices even the most obvious signs.

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(Family Friendly) Halloween Horror: Halloweentown

Hello, hello!
Since Disney+ finally launched in Austria this year, I thought I should check out some of the more family-friendly options for Halloween movies to be found there. I know some of my followers are not big fans of really scary horror movies, so now I’ve got you covered as well!
Every Monday of this month, I’ve got a post prepared for you – the other days, it’s still the darker kind of Halloween flick!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

In this chiller, a young woman discovers that she, like her ancestors, is a witch. Using her newfound powers, she takes on the evil being that has been tormenting her family for ages.

The Rating:

Okay, so I like the idea behind this. The execution, well, not so much.

The story is pretty cute. Sure, you can’t expect anything super intricate or groundbreaking but it’s enjoyable enough. The banter between grandma and mum are perfect! It all remains a little shallow but for this kind of movie it’s pretty darn decent. Especially if you are looking for something to watch with your kids, I think they’ll really go for this one.

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