Return to Halloweentown

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  • TV-PG
  • 2006
  • 5.3  (7,586)

Return to Halloweentown is a 2005 Disney Channel original movie and the fourth installment in the Halloweentown series. The movie follows Marnie Piper, played by Sara Paxton, as she returns to Halloweentown four years after the previous film, which left her as the new Witch University student body president. The movie takes place during Marnie's first full semester at Witch University, Halloweentown's equivalent of college. However, Marnie soon discovers that there is more to the university than meets the eye. Strange things are happening, and students are mysteriously disappearing. Marnie and new friends Dylan (J. Paul Zimmerman), and actress Sophie (Kellie Cockrell) start investigating, but their efforts are thwarted by the Headmistress, played by Judith Hoag, who is determined to keep her secrets hidden.

Meanwhile, Marnie's brother, Dylan, starts falling for a young witch named Scarlet, played by Jessica Lucas. However, Marnie doesn't trust Scarlet and thinks that she might be behind the strange events at the university.

As Marnie and her friends begin to unravel the mystery, they learn that the university has a dark past, and that the Headmistress is not what she seems. With the help of some familiar characters from the previous movies, including the lovable skeleton, Benny (voiced by Jeff Bennett), Marnie and her friends race against time to save the school and their fellow students.

The movie has all the classic Halloweentown elements, including magic, monsters, and plenty of Halloween-themed sets and costumes. Fans of the previous movies will be happy to see some familiar faces return, including Debbie Reynolds as Marnie's grandmother Aggie.

Return to Halloweentown also tackles some more mature themes than the previous movies, such as the pressure of fitting in and finding your place in the world. These themes are presented in a way that is still accessible to younger viewers, but also gives the movie a more substantial and relatable feel.

The acting in the movie is solid, with the returning cast providing a sense of continuity and comfort for fans of the series. Sara Paxton does an excellent job stepping into the lead role, bringing her own interpretation to Marnie while still remaining true to the character's previous portrayals.

One of the best parts of Return to Halloweentown is the humor. The movie is genuinely funny, with plenty of jokes that will make both kids and adults laugh. The comedy is never forced, and it comes naturally from the characters and situations, which makes it all the more enjoyable.

The film's visual effects are also significantly improved from the previous movies, particularly in the scenes set in Halloweentown itself. The sets, costumes, and makeup are all excellent, with a lot of attention to detail that helps to make the fantasy world of Halloweentown feel even more real.

Overall, Return to Halloweentown is a fun and enjoyable movie that will delight fans of the series. It strikes the perfect balance between humor, drama, and fantasy, and it provides a satisfying conclusion to Marnie's story arc. Whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer to the series, Return to Halloweentown is an excellent addition to the Halloweentown franchise.

Return to Halloweentown is a 2006 kids & family movie. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3.

Return to Halloweentown
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    5.3  (7,586)