Adam and his best friend Duffy have gotten their hands on some tickets for the Headless Horseman concert, and his sister Chelsea has a date with her dreamy boyfriend Peter. Chelsea and Adam will do whatever it takes to get their mom Lynette out of the house, even if it includes a chance meeting with a very mysterious man.
Everything seems to go according to plan until their little brother Taylor realizes that this stranger might be a vampire. They were fun, funny, entertaining, and also managed to weave life lessons into their fairly simplistic plots.
My sister and I would often make it a point to watch these new films on “opening night,” and I still have fond memories of watching movies like actress Laura Vandervoort), 13-year-old monster expert Adam Hansen (Matt O’Leary), and younger brother Taylor (Myles Jeffrey).
The homestead is kept functioning by overworked single mom Lynette (Caroline Rhea from ), who has put a stake in her love life to focus on her career and family following a separation with her husband.
This is the kind of movie where the kids try to pull a fast one on the babysitter, the type of story where it’s the children who know better than the adults (minus Carradine in a great performance as a surprisingly solemn vampire hunter), and it always makes me feel like a kid again, especially when viewed through a nostalgic autumnal lens.
Another movie that makes me want to hop on my bike and ride off into the night is , the second film in this family-centric double feature. Go up to any horror fan and say, “The Sanderson Sisters, a talking cat, and a candle lit by a virgin,” and many will know exactly what you’re talking about.
In addition to the back and forth bickering between the siblings, these early scenes establish the genuine emotional connection between Max and Dani, as well as the sadness that permeates their family even before the Sanderson Sisters show up.
At one point Dani can’t take the negativity anymore and starts sobbing on a pile of hay, telling Max that this is their home now and they just need to accept it.
And so begins a race against time to save one family’s future, and what a family it is.I decided to rewatch some of my favorites from when I was a kid and see if they held up to the memories I had of them back when I was young. My assumption of the movie’s simplicity as a result of the channel it was produced for was exactly that: assumptious.So I began with one I remember enjoying thoroughly: would be filled with exactly what the title seems to indicate: wacky, nonsensical situations with the occasional horror element that ultimately ended up with the young characters learning a lesson of sorts. There were plenty of wacky situations and there definitely was a horror element–a blatant The movie begins with typical Disney Channel Original Movie antics.Looking to avoid a grounded evening at home, Adam and Chelsea concoct a plan to set their mom up for a date so they can sneak out for the night.After finding an add in the “personals” section of the newspaper (this is AOL days we’re talking about here, so it’s not as simple as going online and swiping right), they find someone named Dimitri (Charles Shaughnessy) who they think looks trustworthy enough to not kill their mom while they go out and have a nice time (great kids, right? They set up a meet and greet at the local supermarket, Dimitri makes a nice impression, their mom is whisked off for an evening on the town, and the scheming siblings get their own nights of fun with friends.Feeling out of place in his historic new town (wearing a tie-dye T-shirt probably doesn’t help matters) and losing his shoes to local bullies Jay and Ernie…sorry, I meant to say, “Ice,” Max is having one bummer of a Halloween when he’s forced to take his sister trick-or-treating.While the parental figures are less present in , the strong bonds of brother and sister are at the core of both films, as respective sets of siblings attempt to save their families from a charming yet deadly force.Although these are two different treats in the collection of fall-flavored flicks, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire and Hocus Pocus each share the same spooky spirit that you can embrace with your family—particularly your brothers or sisters—this Halloween season.Adam (age 13) and his brother Taylor (age 8) are watching a vampire movie.Through this and subsequent scenes, we learn that Adam is downright obsessed with vampires.