SMURFS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Arrow Films / Fabulous Films
is coming, and is you don’t want to treat the kids to the
more extreme horror films just yet, then this might be a suitably
entertaining treat – and the very idea of 100 minutes of
smurfing is enough to strike terror into the heart of any adult.
This is the second Smurfs DVD I've reviewed (see what I thought
of the Springtime Special
here). Never let it be said that I don’t make sacrifices
for you, dear reader…
As with the previously reviewed Smurfs collection, this is a collection
of episodes from the 1980s cartoon series, all based loosely around
scary stories. The stories are pretty basic and yet needlessly
confused, but involve various unthreatening adventures.
In All Hallowseve, Lazy Smurf is turned red,
while regular arch fiend Gargamel and wicked witch Hogatha argue
over who will get to keep him for use in nefarious spells. Gargamel
goes on a sleepwalking rampage through the Smurf village in Things
That Go Smurf in the Night before being defeated by Snappy’s
giant teddy bear Huggy. Monster Smurf sees our
tiny blue heroes transforming themselves into real monsters for
a Halloween fancy dress party, and Poltersmurf sees the village
beset by ghosts.
Things get a bit heavier in Lure of the Orb,
with hapless Smurfs seduced into addiction by evil enchantress
Allura (it’s as realistic and hard-hitting as any 1980s
TV show about drug addiction), and Scary Smurf
has the smurfs visiting the land of the monsters.
The animation is basic, the storylines feeble and the cloying
sentimentality and moralising are enough to cause diabetes, but
I imagine younger viewers will find it all utterly entrancing,
and just scary enough to be fun without being traumatic (it’s
hardly a spoiler to say that good triumphs over evil very time).
You might want to cleanse your mind with a viewing of Cannibal
Holocaust afterwards though.
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