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Tower of Terror



A tame, cliched spooker for tweens and up.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Tame for a ghost story, but a headless ghost does threaten the main characters with a knife and ghosts frighten the living throughout. One of the ghosts is a little girl.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A ghost sips champagne.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are mild scary moments in this film and that the ghosts turn out to be more than just the characters' run-away imaginations. A headless ghost threatens the main characters with a knife. A scary nanny ghost pokes her head through a mirror. Five people are "trapped between this world and the next" after being struck by lightning, and a woman speaks of them being banished to hell "for an eternity of pain." Eerie green rain falls down on the ghost of a little tap-dancing girl.

What's the story?

On Halloween night in 1939, five people at the Hollywood Tower Hotel, including child actor Sally Shine, disappear after a mysterious green light strikes the hotel. Spooked by the incident, the hotel owner closes and locks the hotel. And so it stays for 60 years, until an old woman named Abigail (Amzie Strickland) tells tabloid writer Buzzy Crocker (Steve Guttenberg) that she alone knows what really happened to the five people who mysteriously disappeared at the Hollywood Tower Hotel. She lived at the hotel in 1939 (as did Sally Shine) and witnessed Sally's nanny casting a spell meant to kill the young actress. According to Abigail, the spell was too strong -- instead of taking just Sally's life, it took the souls of all five people and left them in limbo. Buzzy, who wants to be taken seriously as a journalist, heads to the hotel to check things out. After running into some real ghosts, he believes he's found the big break he's been looking for and begs Jill Perry (Nia Peeples), his ex and a newspaper exec for the L.A. Banner, to let him write the story for her paper. Though she initially refuses, she eventually gets caught up in the unfolding mystery.

Is it any good?


Based on Disney-MGM Studios' Tower of Terror attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort, TOWER OF TERROR is clearly a made-for-TV movie -- and sticks to a very predictable horror movie formula. Even young kids will probably figure out who the real villain is, but just the same, they may enjoy watching the truth come to light. Most of the acting is flat, with the main exception of Dunst, who does a commendable job with her cheesy lines.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Halloween stories and memories. What are your favorite scary stories? Do you like to be scared? What are your favorite Halloween costumes? Are they scary or fun or both?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 26, 1997
DVD/Streaming release date:August 5, 2003
Cast:Kirsten Dunst, Nia Peeples, Steve Guttenberg
Director:D.J. MacHale
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:NR
MPAA explanation:Scary moments

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Kid, 12 years old February 19, 2012

This movie is more of a mystery rather than horror, but this movie might frighten very young kids

This movieis very mild scare, and little to medium violence. A ghost drinks some wine, but other then that, no drug use. One h word and no other language. This movie is good for anyone 8 and older. 7 year olds can see this movie as long as they have adult supervision. However due to the mild scarieness, no one 6 and under should watch this movie. Also watch this movie before you go on the ride.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent Written bymoviereviewmom June 17, 2013


i think this is a great movie for my little girl at the age of ten and she loves the ride she did her report on this at school and it told her some great things about the story and the movie i think if your child is over 8 or 9 and even 10 they will be fine
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 8 years old May 15, 2013

Excellent for 8 and up

I think it is good for the children to see how to deal with a haunted House