Entertainment: How Spirit Halloween: The Movie's Trailer Perfectly Targets Genre Fans

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Halloween fans got a taste of the upcoming Spirit Halloween: The Movie via the official teaser. Loaded with spooky creatures, the film follows four kids who end up in one of the namesake stores after it is closed on Halloween and are terrorized by a ghost who can possess objects and people. The Spirit Halloween movie is set to receive a theatrical release this fall and will be available on-demand soon after.

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Although Spirit Halloween is geared toward kids, the movie also looks like it has been tailor-made for adults -- particularly those who grew up with genre films in the 1980s and 1990s like The Monster Squad or even the adventure film The Goonies. The trailer has plenty of little nods to films of those eras, from its casting to other little Easter eggs that ought to keep adults feeling like this was the kind of film they would have watched when they were young, too.

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One of the biggest nods to past genre films is the casting of Christopher Lloyd. The veteran character actor -- who recently appeared on The Conners -- previously cemented a cinematic legacy with his work as the lovable, eccentric Doc Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy. However, as Spirit Halloween's evil land developer who comes back from the dead, he might be evoking a different role that became immediate nightmare fuel for kids in 1988: Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. All in all, Lloyd's involvement is a key bit of casting that will make adults smile.

Another important cast member is Rachael Leigh Cook, who was the lead in the late 1990s and early 2000s teen film favorites She's All That and Josie and the Pussycats. Here, she appears to be taking on a different role than she is usually remembered for: the mother of one or some of the film's main characters. People who grew up with her as Laney Boggs or Josie McCoy will be delighted to see her now in a more adult role.

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The trailer for Spirit Halloween is loaded with other visual references to other movies. These include 1980s films where the young protagonists used bicycles as their primary means of travel, including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, where the heroes even used them to evade the police. Spirit Halloween's trailer also features a movie theater that appears to be showing the 1985 vampire classic Fright Night. However, the references do not end there.

Spirit Halloween also pays homage to the 1988 fantasy comedy Big, in which a young boy became an adult thanks to an antique fortune-teller machine. The new film has its own fortune-teller machine in the store, which appears to let the heroes know if the ghost of Lloyd's character is present and ready to terrorize them for the rest of the film. Spirit Halloween even seems to evoke the Ivan Reitman classic Ghostbusters by having one of its protagonists' love interests get possessed and levitate, which is done to similar creepy and comedic effect. Audiences will ultimately decide if this new film is a trick or a treat, but thankfully, the Spirit Halloween movie looks like it's bringing more to the table than just a commercial for the pop-up stores.

To see all of these references in action, Spirit Halloween opens in theaters this fall and will be available on demand on Oct. 11.

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