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The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979)

Upset by rumors that Halloween may end, Dracula calls his mild-mannered monsters together and delivers an ultimatum - either regain their frightening image, or leave his Transylvania castle forever.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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On Halloween night, Count Dracula summons all the classic horror monsters to demand that they either revamp themselves into the horrible, scary creatures they are supposed to be, or get out of his castle. Definite disco-culture influence here. Judd Hirsch looks like a Saturday Night Fever throwback. Fun for children! Written by Michael Jehn

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No More Tricks? No More Treats? No More Halloween?


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28 October 1979 (USA)  »

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The Night Dracula Saved the World  »

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This film was released to VHS in limited release in 1992, re-titled as "The Night Dracula Saved the World". See more »

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Igor: [announcing the witch's arrival] The flying Queen of Hallowe'en!
Witch: Outta my way, shorty!
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Spoofs Dracula (1931) See more »

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Inept
20 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

I saw this special back in 1979, but at age 17 I was at least 10 years too old for it. Not that Halloween specials are known for their sophisticated humor, but this one manages to be inept even by that standard.

THAT thing won an Emmy? It must have been a very weak year. This is for you if you're so young that you think showing four actors running fast-forward is clever. Showing people repeatedly swinging on a rope unsuccessfully definitely has its limits, even for slapstick. The appearance of the little kids at the climax was especially shameless. (I know they're supposed to seem "cute" and all, but call me WC Fields.)

I know that Judd Hirsch and Mariette Hartley were talented comedians, but here those talents are definitely wasted. I must have seen a different show from what these other reviewers saw.

Urrgh.


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