RETURN TO HALLOWEENTOWN (2006)

   

Why oh WHY, Disney, did you replace a new actress to play Marnie, the lead character?!?! The Halloweentown movies seem to have gotten a little worse as they went on and took a bigger dive with this one. We really believe that this movie should not have been made if they were not able to get the same actress for Marnie. It was difficult to believe that Sara Paxton was Marnie. It wasn’t that she was a bad actress, but because we have had three other movies with Kimberly J. Brown playing the character we have gotten to know. We also weren’t really liking or into the story of this movie either. It was weird even for Halloweentown.

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MICKEY’S HOUSE OF VILLAINS (2002)

   

This is a fun little film to watch during the Halloween season with the family. The villains decide to take over at Mickey’s House of Mouse. If you don’t know the set up of the House of Mouse shows, Mickey Mouse owns a club where all his friends can come and watch various short cartoons. So basically it is a movie with various Halloween cartoons. In between the cartoons, there is a story about Mickey getting back his club from the Disney villains. Although the scenes at the club are cheap animation, the cartoons are good classic ones that kids and adults will enjoy.

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HALLOWEENTOWN HIGH (2004)

   

The third installment of the DCOM Halloweentown movies. Marnie has decided to take charge in kids from Halloweentown going to school in the mortal world as part of an exchange student type program. Of course magical trouble of sorts follows and Marnie must battle to save the world as well as her family’s magic. Not as good as the second movie, which wasn’t as good as the first, this movie still has some charm. A couple of pre-High School Musical cast members are in the film, and it was another filmed in Utah, which is fun for us. I do believe that if you liked the previous two, though, you will enjoy this one.

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UNDER WRAPS (1997)

   

A mummy comes back to life and a group of kids must get him back into his coffin before midnight. This was the very first DCOM, the one that started it all. The movie may be a fun little film for kids to watch on Halloween, but other than that, it can be passed over. i don’t understand why the mummy had to pee when he first woke up…he’s dead and a mummy. His organs and insides have been dried up. There should be no need to pee. Oh well.

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GIRL VS. MONSTER (2012)

   

While this was definitely not one of our favorite DCOMs, it would be a fun little Halloween movie for the kiddos to watch. It has a good mix of monsters and fun for little kids to think they may be watching a scary movie. As for the rest of you, feel free to skip over this one. The premise is a bit ridiculous, however, the Canadian landscape is visually pleasing.. so there is that.

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DON’T LOOK UNDER THE BED (1999)

   

This movie was seriously weird but could be seriously scary for young kids. A boogeyman under the bed is a real fear for some kids and after they see this, it could only intensify that fear. The boogeyman actually looks really creepy. As an adult, the movie is just so so and silly, but I would advise checking it out before letting the little ones watch it.

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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)

What do I say about the one of the GREATEST films of all time?!? I can not even begin to say how much of a fan I am of this movie. I was Sally for Halloween this year, I have figurines of characters, sweaters, t-shirts, shoes, bags and more. I can’t get enough of the wonderful world this movie has introduced us to. It is unbelievably creative, a completely captivating story filled with interesting and unique characters. Thank you Tim Burton for your bizarrely beautiful mind. I mean, a holiday movie that I can watch for Halloween AND Christmas?? Who would say no to that. Crazy people, that’s who. That being said, why didn’t we rate this movie a 5? Well, I would have but a rating of 5 is saved only for those movies we both agree are a hardcore 5. So you know that when you see a 5, it is very well deserved as it would be extremely loved by both of us.

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WATCHER IN THE WOODS (1980)

 

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Since our friend Tricia had this movie on DVD, we decided we needed to make it a night with “Swamp Water” drinks in skull mugs and sit back to enjoy and old scary Disney movie. You may want to hold off on showing this one to the young kids.  While it isn’t scary for adults, we are pretty sure that it will be for the young kids. There’s a strange disappearance, a seance, possession of a little girl and, of course, something watching from the woods…whew that is a lot.  The fun thing when watching the movie is that you have no idea what will happen. We were just as lost with what happened to Karen and had no idea how it was going to end. What happened that fateful night? How are they going to help Karen? Is Karen’s ghost haunting the woods? If not, then what?? It was great. And another Disney movie with Bette Davis? Yes, please.

And that’s not all…on the DVD there is also two alternate endings you can check out. Now normally, we won’t review alternate scenes or endings, but these were just too good that we have to talk about them.

SPOILER ALERT – Don’t keep reading if you don’t want to know about how the movie ends..3 different ways.

The first alternate ending was the original ending where some winged monster comes out of nowhere and wraps it wings around the leading character and takes her away. Now let me tell you, that monster thing is super creepy and yet at the same time super lame. What the? This has been what was in the woods? That is terrifying and also stupid. And where are they taking Jan? Oh wait, suddenly Jan is back with Karen…that was weird. Whatever. Well, apparently this ending did not do well with audiences. They were left confused as it really didn’t explain much. Additional scenes were then filmed and added to that ending to create the second alternate ending to better explain what had happened to Karen.  We see that the winged creature took Jan to some other dimension where Karen has been trapped. What? Now it is some sci-fi crazy 80’s-Tron-looking special effects weirdness that does not fit at all with the rest of the movie. This ending did even worse with the audience and the critics. So a completely different ending was filmed where the little sister gets possessed by the being from another dimension to tell them how they can get Karen back and send itself back where it belongs.  The winged monster is no more. Thank goodness. The new ending fit much better with the tone of the movie and was much creepier than the others. But one thing that was missing in the final ending that they had in the alternate endings was the panicked mother running from the home to the chapel to find her missing daughter. Since the characters were recreating what happened the night Karen disappeared in order to save her, we liked how the mother running also mirrored what Karen’s mother did that fateful night. So if you have the DVD of this movie, we do recommend watching the alternate endings. They were pretty fun.