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The Night Before Halloween (2016)

On the night before Halloween, seventeen year-old Megan and her group of friends are conned into taking part in a prank that accidentally lands their friend Beth in a coma. What Megan and ... See full summary »

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Sheldon Wilson

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Sheldon Wilson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bailee Madison ... Megan
Justin Kelly ... Adam
Jahmil French Jahmil French ... Kyle
Kiana Madeira ... Lindsay
Natalie Ganzhorn Natalie Ganzhorn ... Beth
Alex Harrouch ... Wyatt
Anthony Lemke ... Detective Burke
Dani Kind ... Detective Reese
Jonah Wineberg ... Josh
Elisa Moolecherry ... Nurse
Izaak Smith Izaak Smith ... Officer Moore
Martha Girvin ... Adam's Mother
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On the night before Halloween, seventeen year-old Megan and her group of friends are conned into taking part in a prank that accidentally lands their friend Beth in a coma. What Megan and the others don't realize is that their new friend Kyle was intentionally trying to rid himself of the Curse of the Carver: a curse that kills you on the night before Halloween unless you can trick someone into killing another person. One year later, Megan and her friends are brought back together and must fight for their lives against the Curse of the Carver.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldição de Halloween See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Curse of the killer flies?
9 October 2017 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

Some kids play a prank on a friend who ends up electrocuted in the process. So they do the logical thing--drop her off in front of the hospital and escape. Back at home they come up with a story. One of them borrows another's car and tries to escape from something chasing him. He crashes but manages to make a video before he dies.

A year later all the kids start getting texts from the injured girl who is actually in a coma. They go the hospital. There we learn of a stain on the ceiling and flies. One of the kids who's gone missing reappears and shows them the video of the dead guy where things are explained. So it turns out that guy was cursed and the only way to pass on the curse is buy getting someone else killed. Because they were all part of the prank now they are cursed and have this night, the night before Halloween to make someone else die or they will die.

The police are sort of after them and so is the curse--a bunch of flies that can take on the shape of a creature or of weapons. Of course the kids will have different ways of dealing with this, some will be fine with trying to get someone else killed others reject the idea and will try to figure out some other way out.

The Night Before Halloween is a surprisingly good production for a Syfy movie. Unfortunately only the production is good. Everything else isn't. In particular the story, which would be more suited for a short. The problem is that all we focus on is these unremarkable kids we can't even care about. It's actually a relief to see some adults, in the form of the cops. It's also Anthony Lemke who in the role of the main detective gives the most convincing performance. Surprisingly, this movie is all business. There's not much of an attempt at romance, or comedy or anything else for that matter. The problem is that the business of this movie just doesn't convince. It would have helped if the curse didn't come in the utterly unscary form of flies. The idea itself of a curse that has to be resolved in 24 hours isn't a bad idea nor is it new. More should have been done with the idea if an additional writer would have been hired. Granted, this is a pretty bland movie for teens and about teens, I'm not sure though even teens would enjoy this.


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