Haunted Movie Review:
Casper (1995)

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Brad Silberling


Joseph Oriolo … (characters)

Sherri Stoner … (written by) &
Deanna Oliver … (written by)


Chauncey Leopardi … Nicky
Spencer Vrooman … Andreas
Malachi Pearson … Casper (voice)
Cathy Moriarty … Carrigan
Eric Idle … Dibs
Ben Stein … Rugg
Don Novello … Father Guido Sarducci
Fred Rogers … Mr. Rogers (archive footage)
Terry Murphy … Terry Murphy (‘Hard Copy’)
Bill Pullman … Dr. Harvey
Christina Ricci … Kat


Based on the popular cartoon character, “Casper” is a family-friendly ghost story about a not-so-scary spirit who befriends a little girl (Christina Ricci).

Meanwhile, the insufferable Ms. Carrigan (Cathy Moriarty) has learned that the only thing she’s been left in her deceased father’s will is a rickety old house in New England. Naturally she’s furious about it, until her “close personal friend” and assistant, Dibbs (Eric Idle), discovers a secret message that a treasure may be hidden somewhere in the house.

Upon their arrival there, they learn that the house is haunted by Casper “the friendly ghost” and his three ghostly sidekick uncles: Stinky, Stretch, and Fatso.

After ineffectually recruiting an exorcist (Don Novello, basically reviving his Father Guido Sarducci persona from Saturday Night Live) and a professional ghost exterminator (Dan Aykroyd), Ms. Carrigan hires a ghost psychiatrist (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat (Ricci). But then Casper befriends Kat and together they embark on an effort to save the ghosts’ home from the evil Carrigan.

Eye-popping special effects highlight this magical story that touches (admittedly lightly) on the theme of what lies at the heart of human desires.

Iconic Scenes

    • Carrigan and Dibbs attempts to outdo one another in their attempts to kill each other.
  • The adventure Kat and Casper embark on to discover ‘The Lazarus’.

Thoughts from the team

Done tastefully as an entertaining family film, “Casper” has just enough wit to the dialogue and action to the plot to render it entertaining for the elder members of the audience. Moreover, the special effects are in sync with the film, nothing is overdone. Of course, the core entertainment of the film focuses on the comedic relief of the three uncles; an overly gross, ghostly mimic of the late Three Stooges.

The movie isn’t going to win any awards, but it will get a family together for an evening of laughter, surprise, and a few lessons on the bonds of familial love and friendship that run as the moral undertone to the film.

Main Characters

Bill Pullman is Dr. James Harvey… the newly hired ghost shrink, intent on helping spirits cross over, with an ulterior motive to help him find his deceased wife.

Christina Ricci is Kathleen ‘Kat’ Harvey… the pragmatic teenager who befriends Casper during her stay in the Crittenden mansion.

Cathy Moriarty is Carrigan Crittenden… the spoiled unthankful daughter Mr. Carrigan and heiress to the Crittenden mansion.

Eric Idle is Paul ‘Dibbs’ Plutzker… Carrigan’s wily sidekick whose role as the ‘clown’, if you will, provides much comic relief.

Casper (McFadden, voice Malachi Pearson) (screen, Devon Sawa), is the friendly ghost with a newfound attachment to his mortal friend Kat.

Stretch (voiced by Joe Nipote), Stinkie (voiced by Joe Alaskey), and Fatso (voiced by Brad Garrett) are the wacky haunts of Crittenden mansion and Casper’s three tempestuously adorable uncles.


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