It’s time to accept a sad truth: the golden age of the Disney Channel Original Movie (or DCOM, for the loyal form fans) is over. And its demise has been accompanied by a steep drop in production of one particular genre: the late 90s/early 2000s teen horror-comedy, popularized by classics such as the original Hocus Pocus and the Halloween Town movies. Seriously, when was the last time you saw an unsuspecting dad accidentally give a Mars Bar to a real ghost or clumsy goblin? We don’t remember either!
But finally, this spooky season seems to serve up more treats than tricks, first with the long-awaited Hocus Pocus 2 and now with Netflix The Curse of Bridge Hollowâa film with more DCOM energy than any actual DCOM in years.
The film follows teenager Sydney (stranger things‘ Priah Ferguson) and her dad, a science teacher in the books (Marlon Wayans), who just moved from the big city to a small suburban town that’s obsessed with Halloween. (As, this scene of Wanda vision–obsessed level).
After learning that her new home is haunted (of course) by a spirit named Stingy Jack, Sydney accidentally awakens a curse that brings the town’s many Halloween decorations to life, complete with glowing red eyes and all. This sets off a sequence of chaos that feels like a cross between Night at the museum, Goose bumps, and every Doctor Who holiday special ever. Chainsaws and skeleton arm swords for everyone!
The idea of ââanything in Party City coming to life can be terrifying in theory, but since these clowns only bleed fluff when their limbs are removed, the whole thing just seems to be old fashioned. spooky fun. Hoping no one in Bridge Hollow has invested in one of these Home Depot 12ft Skeletons. Now that might be a little real damage.
The Curse of Bridge Hollow will be available to stream on netflix on October 14.