A 2001 Halloween Made-for-TV Movie
author, R.L. Stine and notable for starring Christopher Lloyd
Danny Walker has moved into a small town known as Walker Falls with his father, James, who hopes to start a business on chocolate. The town however doesn't seem to like Halloween as they haven't celebrated it in quite some time. With the exception of James's grandfather, Uncle Fred, an eccentric sort who likes doing things that most adults would consider childish (Playing with toys, dressing up in silly outfits, etc). Danny soon learns why the people shun Halloween due to a "curse" by someone named Curtis Danko, an artist outcast who liked to paint monsters. Curtis mysteriously died when he went into the kiln while making a sculpture for a contest and it turned on with him inside. Mike Kankel, one of the people who really
opposes Halloween, apparently saw the sculpture himself and was blinded by it. The town's been in fear of Halloween since.
However this particular year brings a slight change, starting when a pile of pumpkins mysteriously appear in the Town Square. However Uncle Fred, while investigating the pumpkins, accidentally sends the whole pile falling on him, killing him in the process. But the next day he reappears in his house still alive...somewhat. He's somehow come back as a zombie, and he isn't the only one resurrected as well.
It soon falls on Danny, his love interest, Dyna, James and Uncle Fred to figure out what's going on before the whole town is overrun by zombies.
When Good Ghouls Go Bad
has the following tropes:
- An Arm and a Leg: Happens to Uncle Fred a few times after he turns into a zombie
- Bittersweet Ending: The town, upon knowing the truth behind the kiln incident and that the Curtis Danko curse is bunk, resume celebrating Halloween. However Uncle Fred, being a zombie, has to pass on with the others.
- The Dead Can Dance: The finale sees the zombies doing this, ballroom-style before they wither to dust.
- Deadly Prank: The real truth behind the kiln incident was that Curtis had ran into the kiln to hide from Mike and his fellow bullies. They locked him inside, intending to release him later. But the janitor happened to come back and accidently turned the kiln on, burning Curtis alive.
- Evil Is Petty: Mike Kankel admits that he scared the townspeople into not celebrating Halloween when he saw Curtis's statue which was of Uncle Fred, who had gave donations to the school's art and music programs and was loved by the town children, largely out of spite and jealously when he wouldn't do the same for the sports programs.
- Eye Scream: What Mike claimed happened when he saw the "cursed" statue of Curtis. He's lying, the statue was normal and he covered his eyes in soot to make it seem like his eyes were scorched.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Curtis's especially when it revealed how he truly died.
- Freak Out: Danny several times, most notably when he finds that his deceased grandmother is supervising the zombie uprising.
- Mike upon seeing Uncle Fred "alive" not shortly after his funeral.
- Jerk Jock: Mike Kankel as well as his son, Ryan
- Our Zombies Are Different: And pretty lively too.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Well green eyes in this case as they're made from fireflies, but Curtis Danko gives a good allusion to them
- Spiritual Successor: ParaNorman can be consider one to this film as they have roughly the same plot.
- Town with a Dark Secret
- Zombie Apocalypse: Subverted, all the zombies are friendly and are helping Curtis expose Mike Kankel's lies so the town will resume celebrating Halloween.