My wife Nicole and my daughter Emma return as guest reviewers to take on the task of tackling a feature film that I have no desire to watch.
In 10 Words or Less
Student blogger Spectra Vondergeist is desperately looking for her next big story. Anything, something, that will surely cause a stir with her readers. While feverishly scouring the howlways of Monster High for friends with the latest scoop, Spectra discovers she isn't alone. Spooked by the thought that she's being haunted, the rumor-seeking, gossip-searching ghost finds herself in need of her best "ghoul"-friends.
As her friends begin to worry about Spectra, they discover that she's found a lead after all, at her old school, Haunted High. Led by the fierce and fashionably stylish Clawdeen Wolf, friends Draculaura, Rochelle Goyle, Twyla, and Sirena Von Boo travel to a dimension they only believed existed in stories. A realm where only ghosts exist and all other monsters are considered "solids," and are feared rather than welcomed.
As luck would have it, Spectra and the rest of the ghouls stumble upon each other and come face to face with the friendliest, wackiest and most fearless ghost a "ghoul" could ask for, River Styxx, daughter of the Ghost Reaper. Wanting to help Spectra, River, along with her pal, Vandala Dubloons, tell the tale of "The Red Lady," a famous ghost from the other world who was punished and locked away in chains for her notorious hauntings. Sure that her friends at school can help, Spectra invites them to come visit Haunted High but the laws of physics are not on their side as they soon find out.
Leave it to Twyla, daughter of the Boogie Man, to come up with a plan to get the girls into the school under disguise. A little of this and a little of that and it's only a matter of time before the girls and what they're up to becomes transparent and Spectra discovers she's more problems than a lack of a story.
As with most high schools, the Principal is the "head" of the school. At Haunted High, Principal Revenant does more than just lead the students, she rules over them with the help of her Hall Moaniters Past, Present and Future. With students spirits so low due to the over abundant distribution of detention chains, its up to the girls to work some magic.
It was fun watching this movie. I liked all the characters, but I also like Twyla and Vandela Doubloons and River Styxx and Kiomi. I liked when Twyla became a ghost, because she looked pretty. I also liked the really funny parts, like when Twyla's dad's boogie sand turned Rochelle into a blob. The movie wasn't scary at all. The beginning music is good, but I don't like the Red Lady and I don't like that the students have chains. I recommend it for 7- to 10-year-olds. I would watch it more than once.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track was very active, with sound-effect activity in the side and rear speakers, while the voices were clear up front. There was good directionality in the surrounds, and some minor presence from the bass, making for a good-sounding presentation.
Finally, there was also a handful of previews, with the new "Minion" movie as the outright star. Emma and I found ourselves watching this particular preview several times over, it was that good. BANANA!
Also in the package is a promotional insert and a code for a Ultraviolet download of the film.
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