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->'''Buzzy: ''' Comin'?.\\
'''Q:''' What, are you kidding, man? No way, this place is haunted.\\
'''Buzzy:''' Yeah, right. (''doors slam by themselves behind him'')

Before ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean,'' this 1997 MadeForTVMovie was the first film to be based on a ride from the Ride/DisneyThemeParks, in this case ''Ride/TheTwilightZoneTowerOfTerror''.

Steve Guttenberg plays a disgraced reporter named Buzzy Crocker, who is stuck doing tabloid stories, after submitting a story, that turned out to be false. He meets an old woman named Abigail, who tells him the story of The Hollywood Tower Hotel, which was closed down, back in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood after lightning struck the elevator, and killed its five passengers.

She claims that Emeline Partridge, the nanny of child actress Sally Shine, was responsible for the horrible event, which put a curse on the hotel, trapping their spirits there. She begs him to go into the hotel, and collect some items she needs, to break the curse. Along with his niece Anna, and the inheritor of the hotel, Chris "Q" Todd, Buzzy ventures into the hotel, and is surprised at what he finds.

If such tropes were to exist, this movie would be the TropeMaker for "The Film of the Ride" or "Theme Park-to-Screen Adaptation"; a unique twist on something that's usually the other way around.

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! This film contains examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: In the ride, the 5 passengers were just nameless characters that appeared at various points. The movie gives them names and some background along with some history of the hotel.
* AllHallowsEve: Not only the night of the accident, but also Abigail's birthday.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Weird, albeit justified, example. Most of the scenes involving the hotel were filmed at the actual attraction in Disney World, which was the only version of the ride in existence at the time. Thus, although the movie is set and mostly filmed in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, it switches to UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} whenever anyone gets close to the tower. Fortunately, Florida and southern California have a similar climate and the area around the attraction was made up to look like Hollywood anyway. The Florida scenes were filmed first, in case you were wondering.
* TheCassandra: No one believed Abigail about what happened [[spoiler: which is good, because she was lying]].
* CatchPhrase: Q's "Cha-Ching".
** Also, Dewey's "GO-ing up".
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Abigail]] making everyone collect items on a scavenger hunt in order to complete the spell.
* ChildMage: [[spoiler:Abigail, back in 1939 with the Book of Souls]]
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Sally repeatedly shows this quality time and time again. By the end of the movie it becomes something of a plot point, and in the end [[spoiler: breaks the curse]].
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: Claire Poulet.]]
* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: Suvberted, as Emeline Partridge, nanny to child star Sally Shine, ended up as such, but as it turns out, [[spoiler:she wasn't as malevolent as she seems, when she and the other ghosts proved her innocence, and it was Sally's sister Abigail who put the child star to her demise]].
* DefangedHorrors: Though don't think for a second there isn't any NightmareFuel.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Jill's trust in Buzzy has been shaken ever since he got fired and constantly rejects any story he pitches whenever he pops up in her office. However, he gradually wins her back with his investigation on the hotel.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Buzzy gets his job and Jill back, Q inherits and reopens the hotel and the ghosts are free, but only after going through hell and barely escaping death, solving the mystery.]]
* EurekaMoment: [[spoiler:"The woman is completely nuts. She probably thinks that she's a witch."]]
* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs: Sally wears a big pink hair bow throughout the film.
* EveryoneIsRelated: When it is revealed that [[spoiler:Abigail is actually Sally's sister]].
* EvilLaugh: Emeline gives one in Abigail's [[spoiler:inaccurate]] flashback.
** Littered all over the hotel when Buzzy is getting the book. [[spoiler: When the creepy owl laughs, before Buzzy nearly gets stabbed with a pen dropped from the ceiling, when he's looking around after that...]]
** And of course [[spoiler: there's Abigail's after Steve and Anna find out Emeline wasn't behind the curse]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Abigail, once she learns the truth.]]
* FamousAncestor: Downplayed with Q's grandpa being one of the ghosts who disappeared and his great-grandpa building the heirloom hotel.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "I think I just let a ghost into your apartment".
* ForgottenBirthday: [[spoiler:Played straight, aside from the birthday girl having the biggest overreaction ''ever'' in the history of this trope. She finds out sixty years later that a surprise party had been planned. Oops.]]
* FriendOrIdolDecision: [[spoiler: Buzzy has to decide between helping the ghosts and getting his career back. He gets both.]]
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: [[spoiler:Abigail's whole motivation.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* HappilyEverAfter: Hey, even at its scariest, Disney is Disney.
%%* HeelFaceTurn
* HellHotel: [[CaptainObvious Duh]], though ultimately subverted.
* HotScoop: Jill Perry. No suprise as she's played by Nia Peeples.
* IronicNurseryTune: Sally Shine eerily sings "It's Raining, It's Pouring" as a ghost (just like in the ride) to Buzzy and Anna.
* JacobMarleyApparel: Subverted in that Claire was able to appear in different 1930s outfits [[spoiler:when she was pretending to be a present-day actress]]. Otherwise played straight.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Buzzy and Gilbert.
* LighterAndSofter: Only by a very slim margin from it's source material. See Defanged Horrors above.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Though it is magic lightning, so...
* LikeASonToMe: [[spoiler:[[GenderFlip Genderflipped]] with Sally and Emeline. After being accused of being the one who wanted to kill Sally, Emeline is horrified at the mere ''notion,'' and says that she loves Sally. "I couldn't love her more if she were me ''own'' daughter!"]]
* MotiveRant: [[spoiler: Abigail]] gives one at the end, about [[spoiler: how everyone loved her sister but didn't care about her, and how her perceived ForgottenBirthday was the last straw. Her rant gets derailed when the ghost of her sister, the person who loved her the most, shows up in person]].
* MrFixIt: Played with Chris "Q" Todd, who doubles as the PluckyComicRelief.
* NextSundayAD: The movie was released in 1997, but took place in 1999. Either that or the characters are rounding up when they refer to 1939 as "sixty years ago".
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Sally Shine is quite obviously Creator/ShirleyTemple.
* NonSequiturThud
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: [[spoiler:Buzzy gets Sally to do this to Abigail at the end.]]
* OldFlame: Jill to Buzzy.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:What ultimately breaks the spell.]]
* PimpedOutDress: Sally's {{Pink|MeansFeminine}}, frilly, puffy-sleeved dress.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: Emeline was thought to be the culprit behind the whole curse. But when called out on it, she reveals she would ''never'' do anything like that to Sally. The other ghosts likewise vouch for her.]]
* [[RoomFullOfCrazy Trunk Full Of Crazy]]: [[spoiler:Abigail has a trunk filled with photos of Sally with her face slashed out, decapitated/mangled Sally dolls, and "I HATE SALLY" written all over the place in red.]]
* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler: Abigail to Sally, or so she thought]].
* UnfinishedBusiness: The ghosts can't leave until [[spoiler: they reach the party on the top floor]].
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