This movie had an interesting story about what happens to people after they die and why they might stick around the living instead of crossing over to the afterlife. Overall it was OK, but it did have Kat Dennings in it. We like her.
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.
Much like the first one, the humor of Tia and Tamara are what make the movie fun. The twin witches are back and this time they need to learn to use and control their powers. While not as good as the first it is still not a bad watch.
Halloweentown movies are my guilty pleasure. I remember seeing them as a kid and loving it. For me, not having the Disney Channel growing up, I felt when I was able to watch it that the shows were just much more magical than regular TV. When I was older and had the Disney Channel at my disposal, you can imagine how excited I was when I saw that Halloweentown was played every October for the season. So while the movies are actually very cheesy, I love them.
The first movie of the series is about Marnie, a 13 year old girl who discovers she is a Witch whose family is from Halloweentown. Marnie follows her grandmother to the magical world and then the adventure begins. Marnie must save the town using her powers she just discovered she had. I think kids will love this movie. They will like seeing the town and all the mythical creatures that live there. Plus, you got Debbie Reynolds in these movies so that’s fun.
Tia and Tamara play twins who didn’t know the other existed until they run into each other one day and…wait haven’t they done this before? Oh they are witches in this? Ah, totally different. Well, the girls discover that as well as having a twin sister, they are also witches and must save their dimension from the Darkness. In our opinion, we find Tia and Tamara humorous and think this movie is pretty fun. Another movie that won’t scare the kids too much and will be great for Halloween.
Not a bad watch. We were entertained the whole time. My only issue was that…really? Really?? No one noticed that it wasn’t the older sister under the mask? All her friends just believed it was her? They had no doubts it wasn’t actually their friend but the younger sister posing as her? And the younger sister’s friends didn’t question it either? But then Melissa had to remind me that is always the way when a character wears masks in a movie. No one ever questions it. They all just always have no idea. So if you can get passed that detail..the movie is actually fun.