By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter
Palisadian Adam Sandler is helping keep the traditional spirit of Halloween alive during these times of social distancing with his latest Netflix feature “Hubie Halloween.” The much-anticipated film is set to start streaming on October 7.
The spooky comedy brings in an all-star cast, complete with classic Halloween costumes and antics. Steven Brill (“Little Nicky,” “Mr. Deeds”) directs, and the story is co-written by Sandler and longtime cohort Tim Herlihy.
Sandler, who has lived in the Palisades since 2004, stars as Hubie Dubois, a quirky unappreciated community volunteer who spends every Halloween making sure the residents of Salem, Massachusetts, are being safe and playing by the rules during the town’s legendary Halloween extravaganza.
“It is pretty impressive how long he’s been a loser,” Maya Rudolph’s character—one of Hubie’s old classmates—remarks in the trailer.
This year, a mysterious new neighbor may be putting the town in danger, and Hubie is on extra duty. When people start disappearing, he finds himself wrapped up in a real murder case and it’s up to him to save Halloween—Hubie just has to convince the police and the townsfolk that he is not crying wolf.
A few of Sandler’s co-stars are Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Kevin James (“Kevin Can Wait”), Steve Buscemi (“Fargo”) and Rudolph (“Wine Country”).
Bowen and Sandler will play love interests for the second time. They previously co-starred together back in 1996 in the sports comedy hit “Happy Gilmore.”
Other cast members include former Palisadian Ray Liotta (“Marriage Story”), Rob Schneider (“Deuce Bigalow”), Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) and Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”).
The Netflix project is being produced through Sandler’s production company Happy Madison Productions, with Sandler and Allen Covert listed as producers. Founded in 1999, the production company derived its name from two box office successes, “Happy Gilmore” and “Billy Madison.” Both of those pictures were written by the same writing team as the upcoming film: Sandler and Herlihy.
The Halloween flick, which garnered a rating of PG-13, will be the sixth film in Sandler’s deal with Netflix.
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