A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Family is always with you. People bring different talents and skills to the table. Being smart is cool. Teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Elizabeth is smart and witty. She's a leader and willing to help free Ghoster even if it means putting herself in danger. Mateo is welcoming to Elizabeth and her father. Both of their dads are present, kind, and supportive of their kids.
Cast consists of a mix of male and female characters of different ethnic backgrounds. Elizabeth is smart and into history. There is discussion of Día de los Muertos, and Elizabeth and her friend make an ofrenda.
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Violence & Scariness
Brief moments of suspense and peril when a ghost dragon chases Ghoster and when Mateo and Elizabeth work to solve puzzles before they're impaled by a falling ceiling. Team Ghoster has a sequence where they scare away visiting repo people by pretending to be zombies, vampires, and ghosts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Elizabeth's single dad flirts with a neighbor by asking if she's single. Minor flirting between teens. Brief discussion about not holding hands.
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Includes insults such as "jerk" and not-quite-swearing phrases such as "Monsters my ..." (implying "ass").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ghoster is a not-so-scary movie about a ghost trying to free himself from a curse trapping him within mirrors in a mansion. When a young girl named Elizabeth inherits the home with her father, Ghoster and Elizabeth meet and plan to free him on the next full moon. The movie has brief moments of suspense as a ghost dragon chases Ghoster. There's also a scene where Elizabeth and her friend Mateo try to solve a puzzle correctly before they're impaled by a falling ceiling. Language includes minimal insults such as "jerk," and the word "ass" is implied but not stated. The movie includes a diverse cast with positive role models and gently covers topics such as grief after losing a loved one and remembering them. It's a not-too-spooky Halloween tale with family bonds and positive messages of teamwork and friendship. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Ghoster is a not-too-spooky family movie with plot twists, riddles, and a little bit of comedy that make for an exciting Halloween movie night for families with younger kids. Moviegoers familiar with Casper will definitely notice some parallels, but that's where the two stories part. Ghoster was trapped there by Yuto, an evil ghost dragon who wants to steal souls and gain eternal life. The spooky scenes featuring the dragon aren't too dark or scary and are laced with some humor to lighten the mood.
The film doesn't take itself too seriously, and though it's a simple story that's not going to be winning any awards, it's packed with good clean fun and some surprising twists, making it a fine choice for a family movie night.
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