Salem, in truth, is just a small town in America. However, the city which is located in the state of Massachusetts is quite famous in the world. For one thing, because of his past which, it is said, was related to witches. Which, in turn, earned Salem the nickname The Witch City. Aka City of Magic. Also known as the Halloween Capital of America.
This terrifying popularity, in the end, also made Salem a source of inspiration for horror stories in various novels and films. One of them, most recently, is the Hubie Halloween film. Which has been broadcast on Netflik since last Wednesday (7/10).
In this horror comedy film released to welcome Halloween, the main character is a geeky single uncle. The one named Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler). The only one living alone with their mother in their house. In Salem, Massachusetts.
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Because he was always considered stupid and weird since he was a child, Hubie was often bullied by people in his city. Perhaps, his mother is the only one who appreciates and loves him sincerely.
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Yes, at first glance, Hubie's background is indeed similar to the character Arthur Fleck. Joaquin Phoenix played beautifully. In the Joker film (2019). The one last year made a scene.
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However, the difference is, Hubie is not a clown like Arthur Fleck. His daily job is to be a waiter at a food shop. Then, once a year, specifically on Halloween night, he becomes a supervisory officer. The so-called Halloween Helper.
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Salem is indeed the center of Halloween celebrations in America. Therefore, the atmosphere there every October 31st must be very busy. However, this year, there was terror on the night of the Halloween celebrations. Many people suddenly disappeared. They are, one by one, being kidnapped by something terrible and mysterious.
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Hubie, the poor uncle, became curious about it. He then tried to investigate for himself what really happened. And, in his investigation, Hubie found many irregularities. Starting from his mysterious new neighbor to a psychopath who escaped from a mental hospital.
However, no one in Salem believed in Hubie. Including, the sheriff who is the local police chief. That should keep the city safe. They still keep bullying Hubie. That is considered stupid.
At first glance, the story of Hubie Halloween is similar to the stories in the Scooby-Doo franchise. Hubie's character, who is innocent and timid, also resembles Shaggy. So, in a way, Hubie is Shaggy, but no pet dog beside him.
By the way, apart from carrying out the horror comedy genre, this Hubie Halloween film also includes romantic spices. Hubie, an old virgin, is said to have fallen in love with a beautiful widow with three children. The one he had secretly had a crush on since the school days.
For those who have been afraid to watch horror films, Hubie Halloween can also be an interesting choice. Because the romantic comedy element is quite thick earlier. The audience will not be afraid, but instead made to laugh by Hubie's behavior. The funny thing is that absurd.
However, on the other hand, those who expect a scary horror film, it seems, will be disappointed after watching this 103 minutes-long Hubie Halloween. Because the comedy element is thicker than the horror.
However, unfortunately, the strong comedy element was not supported by Adam Sandler's maximum appearance. Because not all of the comedy scenes that he shows in this film are able to make laughs. In fact, there are some scenes that seem too crazy. Which, in the end, is not funny. Alias crunchy. * cricket *
However, fortunately, alongside Adam Sandler, the performances of the other players were, arguably, quite entertaining. This Netflix original film does indeed carry a number of well-known stars as its supporting actors. You name it: Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Rob Schneider, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Buscemi, Michael Chiklis, etc.
Apart from that, there is also Noah Schnapp. Abable actor who is famous since starring in the super popular series Stranger Things (2016-2019). As well as the legendary comedy actor Ben Stiller. Which only appears briefly at the beginning of this film. He acts as a guard at a mental hospital. One of the patients is said to have fled to Salem on Halloween night.
Another positive thing, the twist ending presented by this film is quite unpredictable. Unexpected alias. Even though it's wrapped in thick comedy, Hubie Halloween is able to present mystery cases that make the audience curious. Which, it turns out, the twist is unexpected.
In the end, even though it is classified as an ordinary comedy horror film, Hubie Halloween is still worth enjoying. At least, this film by Steven Brill tries to convey a good and meaningful message. Which is suitable for watching by the whole family.
Through the character Hubie, we are taught to be patient even though the whole city is always teased. In fact, we should not even return the bullying with evil, but with the good we have.
Unlike the Joker, Hubie Halloween is trying to convey a different message: That not always good people who are hurt will be bad. Some are getting better. Which, in fact, in the end, was loved by those around him.
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