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Spooky House
Kingsley, Ben.
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Spooky House Entertainment ; Manufactured and distributed by StudioWorks Entertainment, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Max, a young orphan, tries to befriend a reclusive magician, the Great Zamboni, who lives in the Spooky House, an old mansion rigged with magic tricks and hidden chambers. As Max and his friends try to uncover the secret of Zamboni's past, they are harassed by a trio of teenage bullies who work for the town's eccentric crime queen. When the bullies chase the kids into the Spooky House on Halloween, a night of hilarious magic and spectacular illusions ensues. Zamboni and Max become friends and ultimately discover the power of real magic.
General Note:
[DVD version]

Videodisc release of the 1999 motion picture.

Special features: full screen and wide screen options; unique "Making of--" documentary, directed and filmed by a teenage filmmaker.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: PG.
Format :


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DVD 6459 Adult DVD Open Shelf
DVD 6459 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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An old man and a young boy teach one another some lessons about magic and friendship in this adventure-comedy for all ages. Max (Matt Weinberg) is a fourth grader who has been having a tough time lately; his parents have died, and he's become the target of bullies at school. One night, not long before Halloween, Max and some friend at school are passing by a big house in the neighborhood that's said to be haunted, and they dare one another to find out who or what is inside. It turns out the spooky mansion is home to The Great Zamboni (Ben Kingsley), a once-famous magician who retired from the stage after he made his wife disappear during his act...and couldn't make her come back again. While Zamboni at first announces he'd rather be left alone, in time he and Max become friends, and with Zamboni's magical skills, Max learns how to stand up for himself, and together they foil a group of criminals. Spooky House also features Mercedes Ruehl; the film won the "Best of the Fest" and Children's Jury Award prizes at the 1999 Chicago International Children's Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi