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When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001)

When 12 year old Danny Walker moves to his father's hometown in Minnesota, he finds that the town doesn't celebrate Halloween and things aren't quite what they appear to be.

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R.L. Stine (story), Patrick Read Johnson (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lloyd ... Uncle Fred Walker
Tom Amandes ... James Walker
Roy Billing ... Mayor Churney
Brittany Byrnes ... Dayna
Jose Element Jose Element ... Mike Kankel (as Joe Clements)
Imelda Corcoran ... Taylor
Alan Flower ... Ed
Craig Marriott ... Ryan Kankel
Joe Pichler Joe Pichler ... Danny Walker
Louise Fox Louise Fox ... Miss Vanderspool
Daniel Karr Daniel Karr ... Leo
Rhonda Doyle ... Mrs. Churney
Nathy Gaffney Nathy Gaffney ... Mrs. Kankel
Brendan McCarthy ... Curtis Danko
James Casella James Casella ... Young Mike Kankel
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Storyline

In October of 1981, Curtis Danko, the creepy kid from the small town of Walker Falls, was killed in a mysterious accident. He left behind a warning to the town: "If you ever have another Halloween again, I will return and destroy you all!" Curtis was buried in a locked crypt, along with a sculpture so evil, that unearthly fates were said to await anyone who looked at it. Now, twenty years later, the Walker men have returned to Walker Falls. They start a chain of events that unleashes an army of zombies on the town. Has Curtis Danko risen from the grave to exact his revenge? And will the people of Walker Falls make it through the night? Written by jwhale9382

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After 20 years, the people of Walker Falls are celebrating Halloween again. The ghouls can't wait.

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild horror action | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween d'enfer See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Goofs

James at his grandfather's (Uncle Fred) funeral, when talking to his dad he refers to Cape Canaveral as Cape Kennedy, but it had not been called that in decades. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral and The Kennedy Space Center is located there. See more »

Quotes

Danny Walker: Aren't you guys afraid of the curse of Curtis Danko?
Dayna: Yes... and no. It all happened before we were born... and with Curtis Danko all locked up and, Halloween all put away and forgotten... they all feel pretty safe... but they don't want to feel safe. They actually want to feel just a little bit scared. Even if it's just for one night.
Danny Walker: Why?
Dayna: Because... If you don't get to survive being scared as a kid, how are you ever going to survive being scared as an adult? When there's so much more to be ...
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Has a good message to give.
6 November 2002 | by Cipher-JSee all my reviews

As Halloween themed films aimed at the adolescent audience go, this one is a bit quirky, but fairly good. It is told from the grandfather's point of view (who steels every scene), but of course the main character is his adolescent grandson. That one is of the opinion that "he who runs away, lives to fight another day," but eventually that "other" day comes, and he has to learn a lesson. In that regard, the most appealing character turns out to be the young girl that comes into his life. She has a heart, but is also puckish and feisty. Although introduced as a cheerleader, she has both a dark side and a sharpness of wit uncharacteristic of the stereotype, and is anything but an air-head. Otherwise, the story is forgivably absurd, mixing up "Beetlejuice" elements with "Night of the Living Dead" hokum, and sending up the football player mentality against the underdog world of arts and ideas. It also has a rather "remarkable" ending, involving ideas straight out of Zen Buddhism!!!


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