The Dog Who Saved Halloween

2011

Comedy

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 36%
IMDb Rating 3.9 10 414

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Lance Henriksen as Eli Cole
Mayim Bialik as Medusa

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Reviewed by PACman66 5 / 10

Cute, If Average Family Movie

There's not much to this film. It's simply a saccharine sweet animal ABC Family Channel type movie.

Being that I love both dogs, AND Halloween, I figured this would be right up my alley. It's pretty much what I expected to see; Dad's crazy, misinterpreted motives and misunderstandings, cute dog is the smartest living being in the whole movie… Pretty much any standard cliché laid down by Walt Disney is brought to the fore here… But the results aren't all that unpleasant.

I felt Elisa Donovan made the movie… For me, anyhow. The two bumbling burglars also brought chuckles.

Apparently this is third in a "Dog Who Saved (insert holiday here)____________ Movies.

While I did like this film, I won't go out of my way to find the others in this series.

I guess I should note that I don't have any children. I might have given this film a much higher rating had I watched it with the eyes of a parent. But it is what it is.

Happy Halloween!

Reviewed by eileen_brownell 8 / 10

Two paws up!!

Having seen both "The Dog Who Saved Christmas" and "The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation" on ABC Family, I was very surprised to see this sequel on the shelf in the store. I didn't know they were making another one! Since we'd enjoyed the previous ones, and my kids love Halloween, I brought it home to show the family to watch, with no idea what to expect.

Needless to say, we enjoyed it. In fact, my kids said it was their favorite one in the series. I'd have to agree.

In this one, George Bannister breaks his leg while exploring his creepy neighbor's yard and then spends the rest of the movie with his dog Zeus trying to figure out what's really going on. He finally hires the two robbers from the first two films to break in and prove to his family that he's not crazy.

My kids loved this movie!! It's creepy without being scary and a whole lot of fun. Unlike the previous two films, this one actually has real special effects. There's bats and ghosts, and… while I could have done without the poop and fart jokes and the dog's mouth still doesn't move… the kids really got a kick out of the action. Joey Lawrence replaces Mario Lopez this time and does an okay job. I really liked Mayim Bialik as the evil dog next door. I kept waiting for some "Blossom" references, but I didn't notice any.

Unlike some family films, my husband and I could sit through it. We enjoyed the "Rear Window" references and got a kick out of seeing Lance Henriksen in a kids movie.

If your kids love dogs and Halloween, definitely check this one out.

Reviewed by inkblot11 8 / 10

Darling dog saves Halloween and provides chills and giggles

George (Gary Valentine) and Belinda (Elisa Donovan) have moved with their two children into a new house in the suburbs. Right next door, near Halloween, is a spooky mansion with lots of orange decorations. Soon, George gets tangled up in the stuff, makes loud noises, and wakes the neighbors. None of them is happy at the disturbance and this thwarts Belinda's plans for the family to be welcomed into the new environs. Nevertheless, they go ahead with plans to host a Halloween party. Meanwhile, George has hurt his leg and stays home with Zeus the loyal dog (voiced by Joey Lawrence) all week. He suspects even more unusual experiments and happenings are going on in the spook house. Therefore, he contacts old enemies, two burglars (Dean Cain and Joey Diaz) to sneak into the horror mansion and find out exactly what is going on, before it is too late. What they find is the stuff that will curl your hair and your toes! This fun film has plenty of scary elements that may be too much for the youngest dog lovers. Included are things like paintings with moving eyes, secret passages, empty armor that raises limbs and more. Spooky funky fun! Also delightful is the cast, especially Valentine and the two burglars. Having been probably told this two thousand times, Valentine still remains Kevin James first cousin of comedy and he's wonderful. Cain and Diaz are likewise an adorable couple of mischief, although Cain's handsome face has been marred by stubble, etc. All of the other actors are fine, too. Zeus is an adorable dog, with so much talent! Watch him fetch cokes and chips for George and much, much more. All of the elements of sets, costumes, script and direction are top-notch, too, for a family flick. In short, give three woofs for dogs, Halloween fun, and laughs in abundance.

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