As pumpkins grace doorsteps and candy takes over every grocery store shelf, the ultimate Halloween experience is binging seasonal movies. Netflix’s top-rated movie — “The Curse of Bridge Hollow” — presents a family-friendly horror-comedy option.
When the Gordon family move from Brooklyn to Bridge Hollow, the “safest small town in the U.S.,” they are met with an array of Halloween-loving townies and over-the-top decorations.
Sydney, played by Priah Ferguson, befriends the Bridge Hollow High Paranormal Society and becomes fascinated with the spooky happenings around town. In doing so, she unknowingly releases the spirit “Stingy Jack” through a Ouija board. As Stingy Jack makes his way through town, his vessel of choice is the endless decorations placed throughout Bridge Hollow.
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Sydney and her skeptic dad, Howard, played by Marlon Wayans, must work together to defeat evil creatures, successfully saving the town and repairing their broken bond.
While the cast impresses and the storyline is entertaining, the execution of the script is nothing short of cringeworthy. The subtle implementation of horror concepts is perfect for younger audiences, but the unnatural choppy script leaves the actors sounding awkward. With such incredible actors in the cast’s belt, this can only be attributed to the directors.
If looking for a movie that truly brings an eerie element to your screen, skip past “The Curse of Bridge Hollow.” The directors seemingly created the perfect movie for Netlflix’s top charts, but the film has no depth. As you curl up with a bowl of popcorn, stick to the classics. While other Halloween movies will stand the test of time, this flick will fall down the charts quickly.