The feel-good fervour of this genre is the only thing The Curse of Bridge Hollow lives up to. It maintains the Halloween spirit.
Entire idea of the movie falls flat
The Curse of Bridge Hollow, a new Halloween movie on Netflix, follows a well-worn formula. This 90-minute movie, which was intended to be a horror film, is anything but. The entire idea of the movie falls flat, and neither the twists nor the surprises are particularly surprising.
The main characters Howard (Marlon Wayans), Emily (Kelly Rowland), and Sydney (Priah Ferguson) learn that their home is haunted soon after settling in Bridge Hollow, but predictably, the information does not scare them away. They can’t help but be intrigued.
The Goosebumps series made the idea of the ghost of Halloween past famous
By relying on tired shocks and tropes, this movie slogs through the finish line. The former owner, a medium herself who could communicate with spirits, is summoned by Howard and his family using the Ouija board. They hear creaking floors and doors opening, and when an old, cobwebby box appears that looks suspicious, they obviously open it. But these movies wouldn’t exist if common reason had the upper hand in them.
The father-daughter bonding subplot is also unimaginative. Sydney has a strained relationship with her father, who imposes his beliefs on her, and isn’t quite thrilled about leaving Brooklyn to live in Bridge Hollow. Due to the fact that he is a scientific teacher, her ballet classes are substituted with karate lessons, and she is coerced into joining the school’s science club. Can these two work together toward a greater goal?
Even if the movie has a fantastic supporting cast with actors like Rob Riggle, Lauren Lapkus, and John Michael Higgins, Wayans and Ferguson’s performances may not be enough to save it.
The feel-good fervour of this genre is the only thing The Curse of Bridge Hollow lives up to. The makers may have intended for it to be a simple afternoon movie for families to sit around their televisions while planning what horrifying costumes to wear and what practical jokes to pull on the neighbourhood kids. It stays true to the spirit of Halloween, a holiday about having fun with your family.