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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Movie Review: Casper (1995)

Hello, world!

Happy Halloween to all of you who participate in it! I've been wanting to do a post for a few days now and couldn't decide what to do. Finally, I realized that today is Halloween so I thought that I'd review the first Halloween movie I ever saw. Happy haunting!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning.

Casper (1995):
Based on: Casper the Friendly Ghost - by Seymour Reit & Joe Oriolo.
Kat has moved a lot because of her dad's work. He talks to ghosts and helps them to find their unfinished business so they can pass on; he does this because he is always looking for his late wife. A lady named Carrigan hires him to get rid of ghosts and they move into Whipstaff Manor. Carrigan wants the ghosts gone because she has heard of a treasure is somewhere in the manor. Kat tries to make friends at school, but she finds one in a place she didn't expect, a ghost named Casper. Dr. Harvey has a lot more trouble with Casper's three ghost uncles who make all the mischief that they can. Will Dr. Harvey find what is bothering the ghosts, and will Carrigan find the treasure hidden inside?
Genre: Comedy, Halloween.
Length: approx. 101 minutes.
Costumes: 7, nothing exciting.
Script: 8, I think there are one or two times of a name in vain.
Directed by: Brad Silberling.
Written by: Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver, Seymour Reit, & Joe Oriolo.
Malachi Pearson as the voice of Casper McFadden.
Christina Ricci as Kathleen "Kat" Harvey.
Bill Pullman as Dr. James Harvey.
Joe Nipote as the voice of Stretch.
Joe Alaskey as the voice of Stinkie.
Brad Garrett as the voice of Fatso.
Cathy Moriarty as Catherine "Carrigan" Crittenden.
Eric Idle as Paul "Dibs" Plutzker.
Garette Ratliff Henson as Vic DePhillippi.
Jessica Wesson as Amber Whitmire.
Amy Brenneman as Amelia Harvey.
Ben Stein as Rugg.
Devon Sawa as Casper McFadden.
Cinematography: 7, I know that it must be hard to do ghosts, but the CGI looked a little fake, just a little bit. Otherwise I really like the expressions that they gave each of the ghosts.
Cinematography by: Dean Cundey.
Music: 8, not 100% memorable, but nice.
Music by: James Horner.
Quotes: 7, "All I want 's a friend."
Content: 7, there are a few suggestive things, gross things, drinking, smoking, death, and crude humor. Of course, it deals with ghosts, so if you aren't comfortable with them I wouldn't recommend this.
Originality: 8, I like the idea of a ghost looking for a friend and a lady looking for a treasure.
Good For: people who like Halloween movies, families, people who are looking for friends, someone who has moved a lot.
Age Range: This is definitely a family movie, so any age, but there are a few scary things with the ghosts and some crude humor.
Overall Score: 7.5.
Bonus thoughts:
This is a fun movie to watch each year with my sisters. We also have been reading the picture book from it as long as I can remember.

Happy Halloween everyone! Thanks for reading!!



  1. I love casper cartoons! I think I've seen this movie, but not for sure? I've for sure seen some old Casper movie and loved it ;D

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    1. Yes! I've read a few comic books from the '70's and it is fun to see him pop up every once in a while! This one is a nice mix of hilarious and sweet.

  2. It's been so long since I watched this!

    1. Time for a rewatch, then! I know that when I was little I had no clue about the storyline, so when I watched it a few years ago I was surprised!

  3. Sounds like a fun film. ;)



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