Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge

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The Cromwell clan live in the real world, except for their grandmother who lives in Halloweentown, a place where monsters go to escape reality. But now the son of the Cromwells' old enemy Kalabar has a plan to use the grandmother's book to turn Halloweentown into a grey dreary version of the real world, while transform the denizens of the real world into monsters.

Title:Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge
Release Date:October 12, 2001
Runtime:
MPAA Rating:G
Genres:Adventure, Family, Fantasy, TV Movie
Production Co.:Just Singer Entertainment
Director:Mary Lambert
Writers:,
Casts:, , , , , , , , ,
Plot Keywords:witch, magic, sequel, warlock, disney channel, woman director, children's adventure
Alternative Titles:
  • Halloweentown II - [CA]
  • Halloweentown 2 - [CA]
  • Halloweentown II - Kalabar's Revenge - [US]
  • Halloweentown 2 - [DE]
  • Halloweentown 2: A Vingança de Kalabar - [BR]

Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Reviews

  • Good movies!
    by robinepowell on 12 September 2005

    9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

    I really enjoy all three Halloweentown movies though the only thing missing from Halloween High was Marnie's friend Luke. Maybe he's too old to be in High School anymore but that doesn't mean he couldn't have come over to give some moral support. ;-) These movies maybe intended for kids but I really enjoyed them! When the first two came to TV, I taped them and had a neighbour copy them onto a few more VCR tapes for other kids I knew. A Halloween movie that's not at all scary is something I enjoy. I can't wait to buy all three movies on DVD! :o)

    I am having someone I know who lives in the U.S. pick up a copy of each movie for me and mail it to me. Though I'm the only with a VCR copy of Halloween High and one day hope to pass the third installment onto all of my neighbourhood kids since I know they enjoyed both Halloweentown one and two.

  • One of those rare TV movies with a plot
    by A Cheng on 9 November 2002

    5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

    The thing that distinguishes Halloween II from other TV movies is the fact that it has an actual plot. Most of the TV movies I've seen have the plot of a fourth-grade picture book.

    This film's storyline actually works for the most part. The only flaw is the time travelling. If they could travel through time, why not stop Kalabar before all of this every happened?

    I thought Kimberly J. Brown's performance was brilliant. She has the charm and the ability to be the next major child actress. All she needs to do is to put a bit more emotion to her acting.

    Also, the special effects were impressive for a TV movie. It's hard to find TV movies with special effects comparable to a full-length film. The special effects here surpasses many theatrical productions.

    Obviously, this is not an Oscar-worthy film, but it's very impressive for a small-budget film.

    Final rating: 3 out of 4.

  • Not a bad film, but not great
    by Mouldyman on 12 February 2007

    2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

    I've not seen the first film so I can't comment on what other people have said regarding the plot line's similarity to the first.

    I found this film interesting though. It's clearly aimed at kids and I think that kids would find it entertaining. I have to admit the plot didn't completely make sense, and there were some parts that just made no sense at all. But I suppose that the target audience probably wouldn't be too worried about the inconsistencies.

    The plot centres around the granny witch's spellbook which is stolen and used to place a 'grey spell' on halloweentown, turning the town listless and uninteresting (although I found the 'boring' characters more entertaining than the lively ones, I never thought seeing someone sort socks would amuse me so much). The young witch then has to attempt to regain the book despite not seeming to know her arse from her elbow.

    At no point in the film was I bored but I was slightly annoyed by the ending given that it was something she could easily have done at the start of the film.

    In total I'd give this film 6/10 allowing for the fact it's not aimed at me, and young kids would probably enjoy it.

  • Symbolic to "Return to Oz" movie
    by SwedeAce on 30 October 2001

    4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

    I've seen the first movie and this one. They are both enlightening and entertaining. The actors portrayed a great job with their character roles.

    As soon as I saw when Marnie and her grandmother travelled back to Halloweentown and found it all gray, boring and in ruins, it really reminded me of another movie sequel I've seen somewhere else. It really had a symbolic meaning to "The Wizard of Oz's" 1985 sequel, "The Return to Oz", where pretty much the same thing happens. The heroine returns and finds her "hometown" and must fight the evil lead character to bring it back to normality and give it its zest of life. It was was symbolic and interesting. If you haven't seen "Return to Oz" (a Disney movie that's labeled as being 'dark'), I would recommend you watch it and lightly compare it with "Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge." I liked that!

    Great job, Disney!

  • Not as good as "Halloweentown" but still AWESOME
    by the_moody_youngest on 25 October 2006

    5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

    This movie was very good. It was funny, mysterious, cool, and interesting, it wasn't as good as number 1, but it was still great! Disney should keep it going with good movies like these. I liked all of them(except number 4) because of the originality they put into the characters and the plots. The acting was excellent and the character Sophie was still as cute as can be! Dylan grew, certainly grew. He grew all ugly looking and what not. Even more dorky but that doesn't matter. The writing was excellent and it still had all the excitement from the original film. You will enjoy Kimberly J. Brown's performance because she is a great actress and very pretty. Enjoy all of these movies, i suggest buying them ALL!! 9/10

  • Good Movie!
    by yellowmellow197 on 2 October 2005

    2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

    I really liked the movie. The only thing I didn't like was the actual town, Halloweentown, because it was smaller. It was just the pumpkin in the middle and some buildings around it. That was really boring and not as special as the first one. That could have been better.I didn't like that at all. It should have been like the 1st one a big town and with more depth that really sucked. But other than that I really liked the acting and the script. I really love the costumes and the cool special effects. They might not be as good as some other movies but is really interesting and fun. Kids will love this movie. Especially kids that were born in October or even November. The whole series is great and fun for the whole family.

  • Great movie.
    by Esther Chung (mrlands@earthlink.com) on 12 October 2001

    4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

    I can say that I really enjoyed watching this movie. The actors in the movie were great. It was funny and the plotline was just as good as the first. It's a great childrens film and I recommend it to everyone. You'll get some great laughs.

  • Still Cute...
    by fearfulofspiders on 12 September 2008

    1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

    Just like the first, this little movie is still just as cute, and remains as a great piece of entertainment for children, even if it is straight-to-TV material. From the acting to the story, all is adequate for the kind of end result those behind the scenes were imagining.

    There's a lot less "scary images" than the first, and a lot more mystery to intrigue your 11-year-old child. From the slapstick to the one-liners, the comedy will work nicely as well.

    All in all, I highly recommend a family to watch this in October. It's completely harmless and innocent, and its targeted audience is sure to find entertainment in it.

  • The Best!
    by nyc_bound4 on 19 October 2005

    1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

    This is not a "bad movie" at all. I never watched the movies at all until like a week ago and i thought the movie was VERY good!!! It was one of the best movies I've seen. I thought it was also a very good plot. Marnie Cromwell had to save her family before it was too late and she did. It's not a remake it's a sequel. It was a very good continuation of what I can understand, even though I've never seen the first one and this was my first time watching the second one. i thought it was weird how when marnie met Luke and didn't know he was really evil so he stole aggie's spell book and used it against them. So the movie was excellent and i would recommend it to anyone and everyone!

  • Better than the original
    by Kevin (mrduckbear@yahoo.com) on 27 October 2001

    1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

    I thought this movie was really good. especially during this time of the year, it's waay better than the original. finally there's more magic using, and the effects seemed to have gotten better this year. judging from the ending of this film, their might and i'm hoping there will be a 3 installment. if you're from Canada, you'll wanna see it on the Family Channel, cause they don't show it on any other major stations.

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