The Magic of the infamous Halloween retailer will be a 1980s family horror film feature.
Spirit Halloween stores have infamously infiltrated empty strip malls and abandoned storefronts every fall since the 1980s, providing an impressive selection of Halloween items for all ages from Jason Voorhees’ hockey mask and machete to life-size animatronic grim reapers and everything in between. After 40 years, Spirit Halloween has become known as the largest Halloween retailer in the country across the United States and Canada. It is about to receive its own feature film treatment this October. In collaboration with Strike Back Studios, Hideout Pictures (Old Henry), and Particular Crowd.
The film appropriately named, SPIRIT HALLOWEEN, will be a family-friendly feature. The film will be David Poag’s directorial debut and is confirmed to star Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Clue) and Rachel Leigh Cook (She’s All That, Vampire).
SPIRIT HALLOWEEN follows three middle school friends who dare each other to spend a night inside a newly opened Halloween store in a deserted strip mall. However, their adventure soon transforms into a game of survival after they realize that its animatronic decorations are possessed by an evil spirit. President of Strike Back Studios and the film's producer, Noor Ahmed, said of the film in an interview with Variety, “One of the reasons I immediately connected with the script is it is very much inspired by some of my favorite kid adventure films growing up from ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Gremlins,’ ‘Monster Squad’ and so many great films made by Amblin Entertainment.”
The announcement has sparked a polarizing discussion between film fanatics on Twitter:
I’m eager to see if SPIRIT HALLOWEEN will be an elaborate feature-length advertisement for its products (especially the exclusive animatronics line), or if it will lean into the camp and comedy, becoming a new Halloween classic for a younger audience. Filming has wrapped and the film is now in post-production, with an anticipated release in October 2022—just in time for stores to pop up in the spirit of Halloween.