By Charlene Badasie | published
The haunted season is upon us, and with it comes the trailer Ghost Halloween: The Movie. The film stars Christopher Lloyd as a deceased man named Alec Windsor who owns everything in the abandoned outlet in order to terrorize a group of children. Rachael Leigh Cook also appears as Sue, one of the child’s mothers who remarried after her husband recently passed away. Based on the ubiquitous pop-up costume shop, several Spirit Halloween characters are featured, including Buzzsaw, Nightcrawler, and Mr. dark. Watch the trailer:
The clip gives viewers a glimpse of the boys, played by Donovan Colan, Dylan Martin Frankel and Jaiden J. Smith, who decide to spend the best holiday of the year at a Spirit Halloween store on a creepy lot. Fascinated by the legend of Alec Windsor (Christopher Lloyd), they discover the reason for his restless mind. But as night falls, the group realize they’re not alone when the store’s animatronics come to life.
The boys soon discover that the props are controlled by ghosts, who can possess things or people for an hour on the anniversary of their death. Together with their friend Kate, played by Marissa Reyes, the boys must defeat the ghost trapped in the store before midnight. If they don’t, it will own one of them forever. The story feels like a mix of Goosebumps and The Monster Squad with some major nostalgic vibes, with Christopher Lloyd adding a much-needed dose of star power to the film.
The trailer for the Christopher Lloyd movie premiered during the opening of Spirit Halloween’s Flagship Store in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey on July 30. Colan, Frankel and Smith made a surprise appearance at the event. The clip was shown a day later at Long Beach, California’s Halloween and horror-themed convention called Midsummer Scream. It debuted online a few days later. David Poag directs the unique project written by Billie Bates. Hideout Pictures, Strike Back Studios, Particular Crowd and Film Mode Entertainment produced the film, Variety reports.
Christopher Lloyd’s lead actor was primarily filmed on the grounds of an abandoned Toys R Us in Georgia. Production took place from late 2019 to November 2021. Talk about it Ghost Halloween: the movie, President of Strike Back Studios Noor Ahmed told Variety that the biggest reason he immediately felt connected to the script is that it was inspired by some of his favorite children’s adventure films, such as The Goonies, Gremlinsand Monster Squad. Ahmed will also produce the project with Shannon Houchins. Tomás’ Yanelevich, Peter Bevan, Mariana Sanjurjo and Clay Epstein are executive producers.
The first version of the Spirit Halloween store appeared in California in 1983. Founded by Joe Marver, who later sold the company to Spencer Gifts, the stores don’t stay open all year. Instead, the costume popups take over abandoned retail spaces once used by shuttered stores. Sometimes things go so fast that the process has become a meme, according to US Magazine. So it’s not surprising that it became the perfect setting for a family-friendly spooky movie. Christopher Lloyd’s protagonist will be released in theaters on October 7, 2022.