Casper: A Spirited Beginning/Meets Wendy

Starring: George Hamilton, Shelley Duvall & Teri Garr
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment


Certificate: U
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Recently dead Casper falls off the train to the processing station [the gateway to the after life] and winds up in Deedstown, scaring everyone in sight until he discovers he's a ghost. He soon makes friends with Chris, a 10-year-old boy whose architect father wants to redevelop an old haunted house into a mini-mall. But its ghosts inhabitants - Stretch, Stinky and Fatso - quickly scare off the building workers before teaching Casper to haunt...

It's at this point Casper: A Spirited Beginning goes badly wrong. We're talking evil ghost trainers and bombs and kidnappings and other stuff just too gross to describe.

This film is really scary, but not in the way its makers intended. So beware, Casper: A Spirited Beginning contains illegal amounts of cheese, rather too much ham and a year's supply of sickening schmaltz. Nauseating.


It's love at first fright when Casper Meets Wendy in this all-new, live-action adventure featuring an all-star cast, amazing special effects and spook-tacular fun for the whole family...

... so claims the blurb for Casper Meets Wendy. Oh, how it lies. When evil warlock Desmond Spellman (George Hamilton) vows to destroy Wendy the Good Little Witch (Hilary Duff), she and her witless witch aunts (Cathy Moriarty, Shelley Duvall and Teri Garr) hide out at Sunny Brite Resort, where the vacationing trio scare up mischief and make Casper's afterlife miserable.

Half way through Casper Meets Wendy I remembered that I needed to worm the cat. Is this film really that bad? Yes, it ways hard to describe. Best avoided.

Anthony Clark

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