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Tower Of Terror

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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!|This movie is perhaps the first to be based on a theme park attraction, rather than vice versa. Since it wasn't possible to film in the Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida (in the film, the lobby had to be shown in its 1939 splendor and then aged to 1997), an accurate replica was built in a warehouse.

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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008L3SY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,826 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tower Of Terror" on IMDb

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By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on July 12, 2002
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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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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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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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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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You can certainly tell this was a made for television movie, complete with brief blackouts where the commercials would have gone. It also has the low-low budget feel of something made on the quick to capitalize on a showing at Halloween. Not that any of that invalidates the work that went into this modest effort, the filmmakers did remarkably well with very little. It also helped that they hired someone as likeable as Steve Guttenberg to play the lead. Adding Kirsten Dunst bumped things up a notch or two, plus an amusing Michael McShane as the comic relief; they could have done worse (okay, Nia Peeples notwithstanding). The story was passable with one exception, how did one of the characters get their hands on a book of spells and have the wherewithal to cast doom upon an elevator loaded with five unsuspecting souls? What it takes in hatred to manage something like that, then hold the grudge for decades to finish the task, can't be absolved in seconds with a mere trinket; explained away as a simple misunderstanding. That part of the story relies too heavily on human nature which wouldn't allow it to be dismissed so easily, dissolved in a happy ending for Disney sake. But, in spite of that lapse in logic, it wasn't a terrible movie. I found it entertaining enough to make it a Halloween tradition (I have to have something to watch at this time of year besides Hocus Pocus!).
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