Somewhere I read that this was Steven’s first project after wrapping ‘Schindler’s List’. He and his pals were in the mood for some levity. I just viewed it again after many years and found it far more delightful than the first time. Maybe this time I was just in the mood for levity. The ending was a train-wreck though. Why oh why didn’t they cast Malachi Pearson for Kat’s big date instead of the mannequin boy model stand-in? Huge mistake!
- The first scene features boys on bikes. Big bike chase after Amber to Marshwood Junior High. Bikes in attic. All Steven’s way of staking a claim. See See E.T. , Munich, Adventures of Tintin, Amistad, 1941, Always, Super 8, War of the Worlds, Empire of the Sun,The Goonies, Sugarland Express, Jaws, Inner Space, Used Cars, Poltergeist, Memoirs of a Geisha
- Note the haunting of Carrigan Crittendon and Dibbs is rife with cyclonic activity. See Super 8, Twister, Raiders of the Lost Arc, War of the Worlds
- The design in the haunted house’s floor is a dead ringer for the yellow brick road except yellow is brown.
- The curtain blows inward toward the dwarf-beds. Breeze is always a defining moment of plot change. See Empire of the Sun, Catch Me if You Can, Hook, Twilight Zone the Movie Kick the can Episode, Joe Vs. the Volcano, Poltergeist.
- “I’m melting Auntie Phlegm. What a world!” cry the ghostly brothers when sun shines on them.