Friday, December 13, 2013

Year Two. Day Thirteen: "Roseanne: Halloween IV" (1992)

Just in case things appeared to be looking a little too much like Christmas, here comes Roseanne with one of her famous Halloween specials. Why does a Halloween episode make it into my list of Christmas Carol adaptations? Because believe it or not, this is an adaptation of the classic story.

It's Halloween night and Roseanne isn't feeling in the spirit. Despite it being her favourite annual celebration she hasn't even managed a single prank throughout the day.

After falling asleep on the sofa, Roseanne wakens to discover that it is not trick or treaters at the door, but the Ghost of Halloween past, who takes her back to her childhood in hopes of reminding her of the true spirit of the holiday.

This is a fun, frothy treat of an episode, gleefully dismembering and cherishing its source in equal measures. Roseanne herself is as noisy and obnoxious as ever, but that was always the charm of the series in the first place.

The ghosts of past, present and future are joyfully shambolic in their amateur costumes as they guide our heroine to her inevitable conclusion: Christmas may be for sharing, but Halloween is all about revenge!

As Christmassy as a jack-o-lantern.

"Roseanne: Halloween IV." (1992)  4/5

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