Noob Reviews: Hubie Halloween
Updated: Oct 20
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Hubie Halloween?
Released earlier this month, Hubie Halloween is a PG 13 comedy-horror that sees the fearless volunteer Halloween Helper Hubie Dubois take to the streets of Salem every year to ensure everyone enjoys Halloween safely.
Mocked, ridiculed and bullied throughout the year and especially during the Halloween season by the rest of the townsfolk, with very few exceptions. Hubie has become a running joke where his eagerness and an overactive imagination, coupled with his reports of even the most minor infringements against the law - mean his pleas for help fall on deaf ears when this year people begin to go missing.
With no one to turn to and his one true love believed to be behind the disappearances. It is up to Hubie to stop anyone else from vanishing. And to find out the fate of those that have already been taken.
What type of genre is the film?
Hubie Halloween is a PG 13 rated comedy-horror.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can find the film’s listing on Netflix here.
When was Hubie Halloween released?
Hubie Halloween was released on Netflix on the 7th October 2020.
How long is the film?
The film is one hour and forty-three minutes long.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Adam Sandler (Hubie Dubois)
Julie Bowen (Violet Valentine)
Kenan Thompson (Sergeant Blake)
Kevin James (Sergeant Steve Downey)
Rob Schneider (Richie Hartman)
Shaquille O’Neal (DJ Aurora)
Steve Buscemi (Walter Lambert)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Hubie Halloween?
Hubie Halloween encompasses a star-studded cast with some real legends from across multiple movie franchises and genres. Packed with action, adventure and giggles aplenty it is a great new addition to the comedy-horror genre that ultimately is only let down by a poor script and weak story.
The film touches on many topics and takes influence from many different other movies, most noticeable of which are Halloween, The Wolfman, Trick ’r Treat and Scream. Now admittedly, there may be many many more in there, but you can definitely tell the head nods and Easter Eggs throughout the film when you see them. Although this ramps up the entertainment factor, it strips away any unique identity that the film itself might have had and instead in a way just becomes a mockery. The delivery too can often be somewhat overplayed or underplayed depending on the scene.
Don’t get me wrong though there are many enjoyable moments in the film too, some of my favourites were:
Finding out that the DJ for the most popular radio show in town, DJ Aurora, was actually Shaq. With a fantastic piece of voice acting carried out by Vivian Nixon.
Meeting DJ Aurora’s wife, who has to be seen to be believed.
The budding relationship between Tommy Valentine and Megan.
Michael Chiklis appearing as the priest Father Dave.
These are but a few of the odd and beautiful turns of events that you will encounter.
Although the film is a PG 13 and a comedy. Therefore not going to take itself too seriously. I felt at times it really loosened the reins too much and often had bits and pieces thrown in such as bad jokes or cameos that could have been skipped as they added little content value-wise. It did balance the so-called ‘horror’ aspects quite well where it gave enough hints at just the right time to keep it spoopy enough for younger viewers. And interesting enough for older viewers.
Overall, an above-average film that could have been better but is definitely not one of the worst Netflix exclusives or comedy-horrors out there. Whether you are a fan of comedies, Adam Sandler or looking for something fun for the kids this Halloween - you should definitely give this a look. In all honesty, it is a bit of a switch off and watch sort of film that won’t have too many memorable moments, but for what it is I would say it’s worth checking out.
What rating would you give Hubie Halloween?
I would rate Hubie Halloween as a 3.6 out of 5 bananas.
With a star-studded cast bringing both new and old legends to the screen, Hubie Halloween is a mockery, and some may even say piss-take of many beloved horror films. However, for a PG 13 primarily rooted in the comedy aspect of comedy-horror, it could have been better but could also have been a hell of a lot worse. Definitely worth checking out if you are looking for a new comedy, comedy-horror or chilled evenings viewing this frightful October.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Hubie Halloween and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.