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Tower of Terror (1997)

Steve Guttenberg , Kirsten Dunst , D.J. MacHale  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Guttenberg, Kirsten Dunst, Nia Peeples, Michael McShane, Amzie Strickland
  • Directors: D.J. MacHale
  • Writers: D.J. MacHale
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008L3SY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tower of Terror" on IMDb

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Big-screen stars Steve Guttenberg (THREE MEN AND A LITTLE LADY) and Kirsten Dunst (DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL) encounter a host of haunts in this delightfully spooky mystery! Buzzy Crocker (Guttenberg) is a hard-luck photojournalist whose unexpected encounter with an old woman leads him to investigate an unexplained, decades-old disappearance. It seems that one Halloween night, many years ago, five partygoers vanished in the elevator of the Hollywood Tower Hotel ... and ever since, their ghosts have remained trapped inside the dilapidated old building! In an action-filled story that delivers creepy fun for everyone, Buzzy ultimately teams with his niece (Dunst) to solve the mystery while managing to save their lives and capture the biggest story of the year!

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of the Hollywood Tower Hotel! July 12, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Steve Guttenberg is Buzzy Crocker, a Hollywood reporter whose latest stories tend to grace the covers of supermarket tabloids. Buzzy's been blacklisted from the "real" papers ever since one of his news-breaking stories proved to be false. Now Buzzy concocts most of his stories himself by dressing his lovely niece Anna (Kirsten Dunst) in ghost and Alien costumes, taking photos, and writing tales of shock and horror to go with them. But when an old spinster woman named Abigail Gregory from the local nut-house pays Buzzy a visit, he's off on the story of a lifetime, to solve the mystery of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, a story that's sure to get him back into the real newspaper business.
It seems that back in Hollywood's heyday, Shirley Temple-like child star Sally Shine, her nanny Emeline Partridge, the hotel owner's bumbling bellhop son Dewey, aspiring singer Claire Poulet, and Claire's boyfriend Gilbert, all disappeared one Halloween night in the Hotel elevator on their way to a party on the top floor. Ever since that fateful night, the Hollywood Tower Hotel has been shut down, and whatever happened to those five unfortunate souls has been a mystery. But Abigail claims to know the secret. She was there that night, and she believes that Sally Shine's nanny was a witch! Insanely jealous of the child, Emeline Partridge cast a horrible spell over the girl, but the spell backfired and left the inhabitants of the elevator trapped in limbo, left to haunt the Hollywood Tower Hotel until the spell is finished, or broken. Only then will they meet their doom, or else be able to rejoin the party they had originally been on their way to, a ghostly party that still goes on every Halloween night in the hopes that the missing guests will finally arrive.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise March 8, 2007
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I liked this movie. I wasn't expecting much so maybe that helped me suspend reality long enough to enjoy what I was watching. The plot is simple without being simplistic and the ghosts are not too terrifying for younger children (and me either ha ha).

The big thing for me is that the characters were well done and related to each other and that there actually were motivations for their actions. This is a 3 star plot with a 4 star result because of the acting and directing.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Made For T.V. Movie March 7, 2001
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Disney has made an exceptionally good movie for ABC's "The Wonderful World Of Disney." I'm so glad they've lowered the price so that everyone can own it. The movie was made back in 1997 to advertise the opening of "The Twilight Zone: Tower Of Terror" ride at Disney's MGM Studios in Walt Disney World. But this movie was so good, I thought they should have put it in theaters. It's the story of a group of people who were traped in an elevator and plumited to their death. Among them was an child movie star. The hotel was closed down. Now it is 1997 and Buzzy (Guttenberg) is a struggling journalist. His neice (Dunst) Goes with him to the abandoned hotel to write a foney story about it, but they discover that the ghosts are real, and that the elevators crash wasn't an accident. It turns into a big mystery with a good ending. You really start to root for the characters. Buy it today. You'll love it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Made for TV feel, but Kids LOVE it! October 12, 2010
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I have been eyeing this movie for sometime, but was turned off because it was a direct to video movie. I went ahead and took advantage from a discounted price here on Amazon and bought it for the Halloween season. My son (10) would give this movie 5 stars - EASY. He LOVED this movie. He had a friend come over and they watched and now his friends want the movie. It's a kid friendly movie as you would expect from Disney and there is NOTHING that is racy or profane. Younger viewers will like it as well.
For adults, the movie is "O-kay", but it kept my interest. There was an interesting plot twist that I was not expecting, so that bumped this movie up a couple of notches for me. Anyway, if you are looking for a good, fun family flick for the Halloween season, this is a good one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On My Top Ten List! April 29, 2001
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Disney always makes top quality made for t.v. movies, but this one has made my top ten list! Buzzy Crocker is a reporter for a fake tabloid wich produces headlines such as, "Frozen Ghost Found in Freezer." Anna, his neice, askes if he "Ever wanted to write something real" and her questions were soon answered when an old woman came to him with the secret of why 5 hotel guests at The Hollywood Tower Hotel suddenly vanished from an elevator on Halloween, 1939. Buzzy and Anna go to the run down hotel only to find that it's haunted by the ghosts of the 5 people. When they befriend the ghosts and plan to help them get to the "other world", They find out that someone they know has evil intentions for the 5 souls. Can Buzzy and Anna stop them? Starring Steve Guttenberg as Buzzy and Kirsten Dunst as Anna, although this storyline may sound a bit corny, the movie is great and the plot is drawn out perfectly! Buy it today! This price is very reasonable and It's destined to become A disney Classic! It comes in a hard cover collectors case and is 89 minuites long.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tower of Terror March 9, 2006
I thought it was a very entertaining movie. It had an interesting story and some very good special effects. Some of the action sequences at the end were done well as well. I would recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Disney Movie!!! Worth Adding to the collection
Published 8 days ago by Angela Miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 16 days ago by Lisa B
5.0 out of 5 stars Tower explained
I had just returned with my 10 year old son from a week long vacation to Disneyland/California Adventure. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was one of our favorite rides. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pjcabba
3.0 out of 5 stars ... Had The 30's In It The Story Itself Was Great The Hotel Story &...
It's An Alright Film The Fact That It Was Made In Orlando Flordia & The Graphics Were Terriable It Still Had The 30's In It The Story Itself Was Great The Hotel Story & Love Story... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reymund Alvarenga
5.0 out of 5 stars ... my daughter to Hollywood studios this summer and her favorite ride...
I took my daughter to Hollywood studios this summer and her favorite ride was the tower of terror. While searching through Amazon disney movies I came upon this and I had to buy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brooke
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality. Fast Shipment
Item was as described. Good Quality. Fast Shipment.
Published 3 months ago by Paul Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a fun movie!!
Published 3 months ago by Debbie R Riggen
4.0 out of 5 stars Another nice Disney addition to our library
Good show for the family. As a family we love the Disney movies and had forgotten how much fun it was to watch this movie.
Published 3 months ago by Rose Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
saved money on this after the ride at Disney Orlando. Ordered this one instead of the higher priced gift shop version. Excellent.
Published 3 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie.
This is an enjoyable family movie that connects the Disney attraction, Tower of Terror, to The Twilight Zone in a fun, child friendly way!
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