Disney’s Monstober Review

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Madison Alvarado and Reilly Moran

It’s that time of year again, and Disney Channel has delivered yet another installment of it’s famous “Monstober.” So for those who squirm at the sight of blood or can’t sit through a horror film, here’s a guide to picking out the perfect old Disney Halloween movie to watch this October.

 

Ratings: 1-5 Ghosts

Little Vampire- 4 Ghosts

The Little Vampire is a Disney classic made in 2000 that remains one of the cutest Halloween movies today. Following the story of a young boy who befriends a vampire, we get to watch as the two boys work together to face supernatural issues as well as everyday problems such as bullying. The movie is a bit corny, but who doesn’t love watching two cute little boys as they embark on adventures and discover the importance of friendship? The special effects are not as fancy as we see on the big screen today, but are good compared to what is to be expected with any movie from the early 2000s. So if you’re looking for a movie with crazy vampire hunters, a lot of vampire puns, and some laughs along the way, the Little Vampire is the choice for you!

Twitches- 3.5 ghosts

This Disney Channel hit starring Tia and Tamera Mowry is a good throwback movie to the era of High School Musical, Hannah Montana and That’s So Raven. The film centers around two twin sisters who meet for the first time at the age of 21 when they both find out that they’re witches and any hope of saving their home realm, Coventry, depends on them. It addresses issues such as divisions between people due to wealth, as well as sticking together and believing in yourself when times get hard. It has a lot of female empowerment, considering the leads are two strong women who know what they want and how to get it.  Although the special effects are terrible and the ending is predictable, there is good character development and a great soundtrack featuring hits from our favorite Radio Disney stars such as Aly & AJ. Overall, if you decide to watch this film, prepare to be bewitched by the twin reality stars Tia and Tamera as they go on a journey to discover the importance of family and loyalty.

Twitches Too- 3 ghosts

Twitches Too is the magical sequel to Twitches, but it fell a little short. From a different actress for a pretty central part, to new, confusing magic and a not so fantastic ending, Twitches Too remains an interesting movie, with a relatable cast and great message. The plot is similar to the first movie but adds a new budding romance and makes you think about the importance of sticking with your family through thick and thin and making the hard, but right choices. The character development is really good from the first to the second movie but the special effects did not improve much from the first installment. This movie is worth a watch, after watching the first Twitches of course, so get ready to be charmed by these twin stars and reminded of your childhood movie memories.

Halloweentown- 3.5 Ghosts

Halloweentown is the first installment of the famed four movie Halloweentown series. It was made in 1998 with surprisingly good special effects for the time period, and centers around a young witch named Marnie who knows nothing of her untapped power. The magical world of Halloweentown holds all kind of supernatural creatures such as werewolves, witches, warlocks, demons, ghosts, ghouls and more. Besides the human characters, each other-worldly creature has creative makeup and an overall unique and interesting look. The film has a predictable ending with Marnie using her newfound powers for the good and defeating the evil Kalabar with the help of her mom and grandmother, but overall a sweet message about discovering yourself and accepting those around you despite their differences.

Halloweentown 2: Kalabar’s Revenge- 3 Ghosts
This sequel to the Disney Halloweentown movie series commences on Halloween, the only night of the year when Marnie and her family can freely travel within their world and the magical world of Halloweentown. The movie addresses classic teen issues, like the awkwardness of flirting, sneaking into parties, the struggles of choosing your future, and disobeying your parents. Marnie has to decide her own fate and make the decision to leave behind her family for the wonderful world of magic, or stay at home and forget all about her powers. Upon her return to Halloweentown, Marnie and Aggie realize that a spell placed on it’s inhabitants have turned the whole world grey and the creatures living in it human. It turns out that the villain of the movie is the cute new boy that Marnie meets–who is actually Kalabar’s son. Without a spellbook to reverse the grey curse, the world of Halloweentown seems doomed. As expected, Marnie saves the mortal world and her family and ruins Kalabar and his son’s evil plans. Overall, it was a good movie, with female empowerment and important messages about trying to look past the false images others portray to us, but was very similar to the first.

 

Halloween High- 3.5 Ghosts

In the third, and final Halloweentown movie that includes Kimberly J. Brown as Marnie Piper, Marnie proposes to send teenage-age Halloweentown creatures into the human world to attend a regular high school. The exchange students from Halloweentown are allowed to go to the mortal world, but face problems such as bullying and ostracization. They also face the far more serious issue of  death by the Knights of the Iron Dagger-a group of humans who want to rid the world of magic. Adding to the love conflicts in the previous two films, Marnie accuses her grandmother’s new bae, the school principal, of being a knight while and Aggie insists the Marnie’s crush Cody is a knight. When it is revealed that a member of the prestigious Halloween Town Council is against the integration of magical beings and humans and he was the one controlling the Knights, all hell breaks loose. However, as usual Marnie manages to save the day in a recurring theme that makes this film not quite as good as the first one. The movie ends when the magical world of Halloweentown is revealed to the humans for the first time ever, leading into the final film, Return to Halloweentown.

 

Return to Halloweentown- 3.5 Ghosts

In the more dramatic final installment of the Halloweentown series, there is a new actress named Sara Paxton playing the role of the recently graduated Marnie. With better special effects and the return of our old favorite Disney Channel actors, such as Lucas Gabreel from High School Musical, this movie was surprisingly good for being the fourth film in a seemingly endless series. It was made in 2006, and the better camera quality and more advanced special effects reflect the improvement of technology during this time period. The film focuses on a college-age Marnie, who decides to attend Witch University at Halloweentown. With classic cliques and mean girls, as well as locked secret magic boxes and evil triplets, Marnie faces both regular and supernatural problems through her first year of higher education. In the end, Marnie decides to give up her powers to her loyal brother, instead deciding to live as a mortal in the human world.