Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Three

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

The story follows James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) as James is called to Maine by Carrigan Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) to do a work assignment. James is an "Afterlife Therapist" which means he helps ghosts come to terms with their unfinished business and helps them to move on to the next world. Carrigan can't move into her recently inherited mansion and find the eagerly awaited hidden treasure until all the spirits have been removed. The spirits in question, being Casper "The friendly ghost" and his playful uncles...who are less than friendly. Casper quickly falls in love with Kat but their relationship has many complications, for starters he's transparent and her Dad is trying to exorcise him.

Released in 1995 and directed by Brad Silberling (who also directed A Series of Unfortunate Events), this has been one of my go-to Halloween films for as long as I can remember. Although it may not be the best film and there are tons of people online pointing out all of its flaws, I think it's such a beautiful film. It's funny (albeit very silly humour), it doesn't have the worst special effects considering it was made in the 90s and it has the most touching story, that even now as an adult has me sobbing. Like, when Kat asks Casper if her deceased Mom is a ghost, did that mean she had forgotten her? And Casper says no, she would never forget you. Honestly, I am not okay whenever I watch that part. T e a r s.

But my favourite thing about this film is by far the score, which was composed by James Horner, whom sadly died in 2015. It's just so magical and enchanting, it makes me sad at just how underrated it is. The whole time I've been writing this blog post I've been listening to the score but mainly to Casper's Lullaby because it's my absolute favourite and I'm in such a happy mood now. 

"Can I keep you?" 

Where to watch: 
YouTube (For free)
Google Play

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