Set in the present-day community of Salem, one man takes Halloween very seriously. He is an adult who is determinate to keep his community safe from any evil, foul play or nasty tricks that may occur to others. His name is Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler). Hubie is mocked daily by many people within his community, including many teenagers and even adults. Hubie is trying to do the right thing by others, but no matter what, no one seem to take him seriously.
But on the night of Halloween, a number of unusual activities occur within the community of Salem. A violent mental patient escapes from being locked up and Hubie begins to suspect there is something funny about his new next-door neighbour. To top it off, the people within Salem start to go missing and are possibly being murdered. Perhaps these issues might seem like a coincidence or not a big enough deal to raise concerns. But according to Hubie, there is foul play occurring, and only he can save them all.
If you have ever seen an Adam Sandler film, then you will know exactly what to expect. Adam Sandler once again goes into full character mode and even compliments his character with a unique style and voice. The film is loaded of plenty of random jokes, one-liners, crudeness, and cameo appearances from actors who have featured in previous Adam Sandler films. Some of these actors include Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, and Ben Stiller.
The concept of a comedic horror movie from Adam Sandler is undoubtedly refreshing and welcoming. The film takes a stab (yes, pun intended) at many popular horror films and other pop culture references which many have grown up with. The film is particularly mocking the horror film Halloween which originally featured in 1978. The leading character of Hubie is undoubtedly fun, but many elements around Hubie remain the same when comparing this film to other Adam Sandler films. As for humour, I generally enjoyed the comedy from actors Adam Sandler and Kevin James, who plays the town’s leading police officer with a proud mullet.
The ‘accent’ that Adam Sandler has chosen to use did annoy me slightly. Not because it is silly, but because at times I found it challenging to grasp what the character was saying. The film’s length is also noticeable. Throughout the film Hubie is sent on various missions to try and help others as well as hopefully reveal more truth surrounding the strange mysteries within the town. But some scenes are just Hubie’s time being wasted and only lead to disappointments.
Overall, if you have ever seen an Adam Sandler film, then you will know what to expect. Hubie Halloween is a brainless comedy with random jokes and familiar cameos. The film’s plot as a horror-comedy is welcoming but sadly the jokes do not always land a laugh this time round, particularly from some of the side characters. The runtime for this feature is also noticeable as some scenes feel pointless and unnecessary. Adam Sandler’s choice of voice for lead character was also challenging to understand during key moments. In the end, ignoring issues with this film, I cannot deny that I still enjoyed a few elements within this film.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden