Monday, October 30, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Thirty

Welcome back to day thirty of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Halloween Film List 2017 / Halloweentown 2 / Belle Chaton Blog

In the second edition of Halloweentown, we follow the Cromwell clan once again. It's been two years since we last saw them and now Grandmother Aggie (Debbie Reynolds) lives with them in the normal realm, as she has been training Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown) to be a witch. Because she's unable to travel to Halloweentown unless it's Halloween, it feels like an extremely long time since she was last there and saw all of her friends. She gets a weird feeling that something isn't right so herself and Marnie decide to travel to Halloweentown and back before the gate seals at midnight...but when they arrive they realise that the whole town has been turned into a world where everything is black and white...literally. Aggie soon realises that this is the 'Grey Spell' and knows there must be a spell in her magic book to fix this but will they fix it in time before the gate closes for another year? 

Halloween Film List 2017 / Halloweentown 2 / Belle Chaton Blog

As I've mentioned before I absolutely adore the original Halloweentown film and the second edition feels just as magical as the first. I feel like a lot of Disney Channel films kind of lack in plot and get lost along the way but I feel like the Halloweentown films actually have a story and they stick to it. The dialogue is probably still very Disney but the film itself definitely has much more mature themes to it than the first. I'm also glad they stuck with the original casting and still had the pretty fun special effects like the first one.

There are also two more films after this one: Halloweentown High (2004) and Return to Halloweentown (2006) but I'm not a huge fan of them. Halloween High isn't awful and I will watch it now and then but it doesn't have that magical feeling of what made Halloweentown so great in the first place. It just feels very High School Musical, which I do love but not for a Halloween film. And as for Return to Halloweentown...this film should never have been made. It doesn't even have the original cast, most of them are just not in it anymore and they changed the actress for Marnie??? Nope. This film doesn't even exist, I've decided. 

Halloween Film List 2017 / Halloweentown 2 / Belle Chaton Blog

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