I was really disappointed in the movie. I'm used to the many other versions of this tale that really balance the dramatic hauntings with the fun of scrooge's past and the very happy ending. The movie is 96 minutes long and mostly scary and sad. The opening of the movie is Marley's death...Marley is in a casket in what looks like a garage...Scrooge takes the gold coins off his eyes to pay for the burial. The entrance of Marley as a ghost really got scary...there's a part where Marley's fabric around his head loosens and his jaw almost falls off while trying to talk and his tongue hangs out-really REALLY scary...then he talks using his hands to move his jaw. The Ghost of Christmas Past is a flaming candle with a face and he talks really scary and breathy as a ghost is usually portrayed in adult media. The flashbacks were predominately showing sad stories of scrooge's past ex: young school flashback: he was sad & alone in the school because his friend's ditched him...older school flashback: his younger sister runs in to say that Dad has invited him home again and she makes a point to imply how their Dad is changed and not abusive anymore...shortly after the ghost makes a point to say that his sweet sister died after giving birth to his nephew. Short happy flashback to Fezziwig's ball, but soon is the longer argument between he and the young woman he was romantic with that ends in their break-up. Ghost of Christmas Present seems pleasant but at the end of the sequence he has 2 demon-looking kids under his robe come out and age into adults instantly...one (Ignorance) a guy with a knife and jail bars fall on him and the other (Want) a female prostitute who nastily dances behind scrooge...the ghost then has a dramatic painful death as you watch his entire body age and decompose all the way to dust. The last ghost is really creepy and there's a long chase scene where black horses with red-glowing eyes chase scrooge. There's a scene where scrooge is hanging on as not to fall further into his grave as the casket opens and flames below. The ending/happy sequence is short and doesn't show scrooge going to the home of Cratchet, only his nephew's dinner party. The scene with cratchet doesn't include cratchet's family, only he and scrooge at the office the day after Christmas. Anyhow, a very scary adaption to me. My husband and I were scared and the kids in the theatre were crying. Too scary. The whole message of goodwill, peace, and hope is lost with the majority of depressing/sad/scary overtones the movie portrays for character building. I say, two thumbs way, way down.