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The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979)

Upset by rumors that Halloween may end, Dracula calls his mild-mannered monsters together and delivers an ultimatum - either regain their frightening image, or leave his Transylvania castle forever.

Director:

Bruce Bilson

Writer:

Coleman Jacoby
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Judd Hirsch ... Count Dracula
Mariette Hartley ... The Witch
Henry Gibson ... Igor
Jack Riley ... The Werewolf
John Schuck ... The Frankenstein Monster
Robert Fitch Robert Fitch ... The Mummy
Josip Elic ... Zabaar the Zombie
Andrew Duncan ... Newscaster
Jamie Ross Jamie Ross ... Father
Maggie Peters Ross Maggie Peters Ross ... Mother
Charles Fields ... Boy (as Charlie Fields)
Kristin Williams Kristin Williams ... Girl
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Storyline

On Halloween night, Count Dracula summons all the classic horror monsters to demand that they either revamp themselves into the horrible, scary creatures they are supposed to be, or get out of his castle. Definite disco-culture influence here. Judd Hirsch looks like a Saturday Night Fever throwback. Fun for children! Written by Michael Jehn

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Taglines:

No More Tricks? No More Treats? No More Halloween?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night Dracula Saved the World See more »

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Concepts Unlimited See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This television film aired on The Disney Channel every October from 1983 to 1996. See more »

Quotes

Igor: From Bulgaria. The incredible man who Doctor Frankenstein created in his spare time... from a lot of spare parts- The Frankenstein creature.
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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 New Halloween Classics (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccota and Fugue in D Minor
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Inept
20 August 2010 | by mattogreSee all my reviews

I saw this special back in 1979, but at age 17 I was at least 10 years too old for it. Not that Halloween specials are known for their sophisticated humor, but this one manages to be inept even by that standard.

THAT thing won an Emmy? It must have been a very weak year. This is for you if you're so young that you think showing four actors running fast-forward is clever. Showing people repeatedly swinging on a rope unsuccessfully definitely has its limits, even for slapstick. The appearance of the little kids at the climax was especially shameless. (I know they're supposed to seem "cute" and all, but call me WC Fields.)

I know that Judd Hirsch and Mariette Hartley were talented comedians, but here those talents are definitely wasted. I must have seen a different show from what these other reviewers saw.

Urrgh.


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