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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Casey Affleck
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Leslie Mann
John Goodman
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Jodelle Ferland
Directors
Sam Fell
Chris Butler
Screenwriters
Chris Butler
Running Time
92 minutes

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Plot
Blithe Hollow, New England. Young Norman Babcock (Smit-McPhee) is shunned and bullied because he can see ghosts. However, it seems he’s the only person who can save the town when the spirit of a witch hanged 300 years ago raises her Puritan accusers as rampaging zombies.


Verdict
Ingenious and wonderfully detailed, though better in its imaginative horror than its slightly too-broad comic knockabout. It’s not quite on the level of Coraline, but it’s proper summer fun with some dark delights.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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