A Magic Puppy (A Halloween Puppy)

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
A Magic Puppy (A Halloween Puppy) Movie Poster Image
Ridiculous, dreadful film doesn't feature cute puppies.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The importance of following directions, making things right after mistakes, not playing around with things you don't understand, standing up for yourself, sensitivity to animals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mom is engaged and concerned about her son's well-being and future; she wants to make her relationship with her boyfriend better. Problems are worked on and resolved. Aside from a few bullies, teenagers are conscientious and want to do the right thing.


Teenage boys intimidate a boy and girl and steal from them. Mildly scary haunted house.


A man and woman kiss. A teenage boy and girl kiss.


"Suckfest"; crass description of a horror-movie idea involving a woman deep-frying her own face and eating it.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Magic Puppy (A Halloween Puppy) is from director David DeCoteau, a former B-movie director who makes purposely misleading films that feature cute animals on the cover that don't actually appear in the films. Most of the movie focuses on a woman who wants to rekindle her relationship with her boyfriend with a weekend away at a cabin but can't when he's turned into a pit bull (not the cute animal on the cover) by a magic spell. There's some light bullying involving a teenage son, an emphasis on fixing the mistake, and taking care of others but overall only a little footage of a dog who's really a man and nothing much in the way of cuteness. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymagicpuppyfan6474 December 12, 2016

A Magical Experience

This movie is a cinematic masterpiece. No other movie has brought me to such an emotional and philosophical high. The overall motif of this film is inspiring be... Continue reading
Adult Written byTiasmom December 31, 2016

Bad role models

DON'T BOTHER WATCHING IT!!!!!!!! The movie has no meaning. I almost fell asleep while watching it. I would rather go to the movies!!! The mom pays no atte... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byYourmothersdog July 15, 2020

It’s an okay movie

This movie is obviously low budget but it would be a great movie for families and kids.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySquishyTushy07 July 13, 2020

Stinky poop

Hello, this movie is the absolute best 6/5. This is the utmost of great movies, the reason it should be 18 and u... Continue reading

What's the story?

Linda (Kristine DeBell) thinks her relationship with Ted (Eric Roberts) is in a rut, so she plans a weekend getaway to a cabin. But when her son, Adam (Evan Crooks), and his friend Molly (Stephanie Shemanski) accidentally turn him into a dog when they misread a magic spell, the weekend is ruined. Or is it? The teenagers buy some time and take the dog along while they hastily try to figure out how to correct their mistake.

Is it any good?

A MAGIC PUPPY (A HALLOWEEN PUPPY) may be the least awkward of the David DeCoteau experiments in misleading filmmaking. It probably uses the least recycled footage, the least awkward dialogue, and the least awkward transitions, and it does actually have a major plot point about a dog. That said, it's not the dog on the cover, and it's still bad. Whether it's so bad it's good is up to the viewer, who will have to watch scenes that are entirely too long, with every possible plot point spelled out painfully in advance. Bonus points for figuring out why Eric Roberts appears in all these films or why every bit of dialogue sounds like it was recorded in a garage. Plus, the magic is never really explained. That said, aside from a few bullies who get their comeuppance, everyone is incredibly well-intentioned here. Perhaps you too would do the same thing if your son turned your boyfriend into a pit bull for the weekend.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the film's bait and switch. Why do you think this director has a different image on the cover from what's in the film? Do most movies seem to be similar to what the covers suggest? What do you think the message is, and why?

  • Why is it so important to follow the directions? Have you ever messed something up by not following directions? What happened?

  • How does this film compare to other films you've seen about magic spells? 

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