Didn’t expect to have such a good time watching this. Marlon Wayans is no doubt an amazing comedian, but his Netflix projects tend to be a toss-up. The Curse of Bridge Hollow is funny, family friendly, and has a good dose of action. Starring Marlon Wayans, Priah Ferguson, and Kelly Rowland. The film is a call back to Disney original movies released during Halloween in the 90s and early 2000s.
The Curse of Bridge Hollow is about a family, the Gordons, who move to a new town during the Halloween season. Howard (Wayans) is a scientist and skeptical of all things supernatural. His wife, Emily (Rowland) is an aspiring dessert chef. Sydney (Ferguson) of Stranger Things fame, breaks the mold of the traditional protagonist, in her performance as a kid who embraces her weird interests and unconventional beliefs. She mistakenly releases an evil spirit that terrorizes the town.
The lawn displays and costumes in this movie are top-notch! Some of them are a nod to Killer Klowns from Outer Space. In addition, the CG is kept to a minimum, which allows the practical effects to shine. There are a few scares and a bunch of comedic moments as the characters evade possessed lawn statues and decorations. Sydney and her friends combat life-size standees in the fashion of cartoon violence.
The Curse of Bridge Hollow explores the familiar trope of an overbearing father but flips it. Instead of protecting the limitless imagination of his daughter, Howard tries to dispel them with logical explanations and science. Sydney is witty and full of charm in her pursuit of the magical and unknown. All the characters experience growth by the end of the story. The Curse of Bridge Hollow is wonderfully corny and earns a 7.5 out of 10.
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