A Look at Disney’s TV Movie Halloween: The Scream Team
In a film which involves a lot of character deaths, it seems like the Token Minority will inevitably be the first person to go and kick the bucket.
It was actually a little annoying to see this happen to a ghost considering ghosts are already dead. It’s just what does it accomplish to take him out so early considering this movie is called The Scream Team but that’s a straight-up lie. Look at the poster for the movie and you’d be convinced that these three would share equal screentime.
They discover Zachariah was…. a misunderstood inventor experimenting with natural gas, and one of his inventions accidentally burned his wife to death. When he was killed, Zachariah told his wife to wait for him, knowing he wouldn’t be able to cross over due to desiring revenge against his injustice.
The town had been using the evil image of this man being a monster to bring in tourists and even set up a fair not so much to celebrate him but rather his false legacy. This ties into something that the movie brings up with the true villain of the film, Warner, fear sells. This article about scams and cons puts it best.
They do this because it works, and because fear is an endlessly adaptable tool.
This is exactly what Warner is doing by inflaming the false legacy that this town has believed for so long. So, how is he finally able to cross over by remembering the man that his wife fell in love with. And by stopping his attack on the town for how his name had been tarnished for over a century, he is finally able to cross over and be with his beloved.
I’m tired of trying to iron out my creases
I’m a bunch of broken pieces
It was you who made me whole
Every day dad’s staring at me
Like all, “Hurry up, get happy
Forget about your mom”
Something small to think about for sure but considering this is a movie about loss and helping a loved one cross over, I think the mom could’ve played some sort of role.
Zachariah Kull played by Kim Coates
The story of Zachariah is quite tragic, however, that does not excuse the actions that he partook in. All that does is make his situation understandable as he had been hurt by the town he had hoped to live with his wife because of a mistake that he regretted. And the town labeled him a monster because of that one mistake. He was blinded by revenge, which hurt his chances for so long.
My Final Thoughts
In all, this isn’t a bad movie but there are things that could have been tweaked a little to make it better. However, I still think it’s a fun time all around. Join me next time as we look at…
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For some reason this movie sounds to me like a kid-friendly version of The Frighteners. There’s potential, but based on your description, it was all wasted. Though I guess Eric Idle was just happy to get a paycheck for his work.
It’s not bad and there are good moments and Eric Idle is the biggest delight in the movie. It’s pretty fun and one of the better movies that I watched but I will be looking at another that I think is truly good this coming week.