Halloweentown / Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (Double Feature)
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The basic premise is that there is an alternate world from our own where it is always Halloween called, of course, Halloweentown. Aggie Cromwell (the radiant Debbie Reynolds) is a powerful witch as is her daughter Gwen (Judith Hoag). Aggie wants to train Gwen's daughter Marnie (Kimberly Brown) to use her powers before she loses them when she turns 13. This results in a big argument between Aggy and Gwen. Aggy returns to Halloweentown but Marnie and her two siblings Dylan and Sophie secretly follow her. Once there they learn about a dark force threatening Halloween town and only the combined power of all the Cromwell women, including Mom Gwen can stop it.
In the sequel, virtually the entire Main cast returns as Marnie has now become more proficient with her powers and as we learned at the end of the first film it turns out that the younger siblings also have developing powers of their own. This time their old foe Kalabar is back to wreak havoc and try to turn the people of our normal world into monsters.
The special effects and makeup in these films are above average, especially for made-for-tv films. All of the denizens of Halloween town are monsters of some sort and could be a tad scary for little ones but probably not too much. Kimberly Brown really develops as an actress and holds her own with the veteran Debbie Reynolds. Judith Hoag gets to do a bit more in this sequel as well.
All in all these are pretty good films, good family fun.
By the way, if your worried that they might be too scary, don't. My son watched these at 5 and was not afraid at all. There are villians, but they are done in a fun way.
The set only contains one disc which contains both movies and bonus features titled "The Magic of the Halloweentown Movies" (a behind the scenes peek at Halloweentown, Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge, and Halloweentown High), and "Twitches" (where twins Tia and Tamera Mowry from "Sister, Sister" chat about their Disney Channel Original Movie, "Twitches".
The story centers around a young girl, Marnie (Kimberley J. Brown) who on her 13th birthday, discovers she is descended from a line of witches including her eccentric grandmother Aggie (Debbie Reynolds). Grrandma brings her through a secret portal to Halloweentown, a place where ghosts, ghouls, witches, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures live in a world set apart from the world of the humans. Before long, Marnie and her grandmother as well as a group of friends find themselves battling the powers of darkness, led by an evil warlock named Kalabar. In the second installment, Kalabar's son returns to seek vengeance and his target is Marnie, her family, and the rest of the citizens of Halloweentown.
Halloweentown's running time is approx. 84 minutes (color) and Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge runs approx. 81 minutes (in color). There is no subtitle option on both movies. This is family friendly viewing but due to some scary images of supernatural creatures, I would recommend the viewing age be at least 7 and up.
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This has become a Halloween tradition. They are great movies for the whole family. Just wish Disney would make another new one.Published 9 days ago by heather gleason
I loved watching all of the Halloween town movies so I just decided to buy all of them. Now I don't have to look for them during that season any more as I have them in my library.Published 11 days ago by Robert Powell
My kids just love this movie so I had to by it. They watch it all the time now.Published 29 days ago by Robert