Dreamworks was in full swing back in 2006, cranking out hit after computer animated hit, and this seasonal treat can still give you a good old fashioned kind of scare, and cannot be beat when it comes to great family horror films. This modern classic sits right up there with the Scary Godmother series for great Halloween holiday fun, and even has a retro setting most parents will enjoy and will identify with.
So, here it is, circa early 1980s, in a town that could be anywhere from Maine to Washington state, with crisp red, orange, and golden trees dotting the landscape. The focus of this story is one young teen, DJ (Mitchel Musso), and his obsession with the mysterious house across the street. This old place belongs to what appears to be a crotchety old man named Mr. Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi). This man goes crazy whenever anyone messes with his lawn or comes near his home. From the most innocent little kid on a tricycle to drunken teenagers, no one is immune to his wrath. DJ has been investigating the pattern, and wants to know more about what is happening with that old house across the street. His parents are leaving town for the weekend of Halloween, and now he has his chance to find out more. Read more...(736 words, 173 images, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
“The Prince isn’t charming. The Princess isn’t sleeping. The sidekick isn’t helping. The ogre is the hero. Fairy tales will never be the same again.” This is one of the taglines used to promote the first in a franchise of great family movies by Dreamworks. When you get a great computer animated movie that opens with one of the biggest hits from Smash Mouth you know it’s going to be good! This movie never fails to deliver, and features a cast of fairytale and Mother Goose characters that we have all grown to love and hate over the centuries. Read more...(569 words, 84 images, estimated 2:17 mins reading time)
Monsters have been underrated in the media lately, but Dreamworks sure know how to make sure we don’t forget about them. Monsters Vs. Aliens takes our favourite classic sci-fi cheese monsters from the 50s and 60s and brings them together to fight an equally cheesy alien and his army of clones before they can invade Earth. It all starts at a wedding in the town of Modesto, California back in what seems to be the early 80s. Susan Murphy’s (Reese Witherspoon) dream are about to come true as she is soon to be married to local TV weatherman, Derek Deitl (Paul Rudd) when a freak meteor storm hit the grounds of the church where they are about to take the vows. Susan is outside, fighting with a fit of cold feet, when she is hit by a mutagen-laced meteorite. She gets a bit scuffed up and dirty, but still looks okay, and her mother, Wendy Murphy (Julie White) comes out to get her. They go back into the church, and Susan is now ready to walk down the aisle, but as she does, she grows, and grows, rapidly, and soon, her head is hitting the ceiling of the chapel, and her guests are running in hysterics. Susan is frantic, not knowing what has happened, and she vows to Derek that she will find a way to fix things back to way they were. Fed forces come to the church, and tranq Susan, and she goes blank. Read more...(644 words, 75 images, estimated 2:35 mins reading time)