Contrary to popular belief, and despite almost no one raving about its spookiness, Hubie Halloween will scare the crap out of you. Am I a scaredy-cat like the way they describe Hubie Dubois in the film? Well, yes and no. When speaking about hardcore horror movies, I am inclined to be an Invisible Man than a scaredy-cat. You won’t see me hanging around those films. But rest assured, I am there. But in regards to horror comedies like Vampires vs. The Bronx and Hubie Halloween, I am usually a Hulk.
Seeing that it is now October and hoping to get more people into the Halloween mood, Netflix unleashed Hubie Halloween, a horror comedy with Adam Sandler as the leading face, Steven Brill calling the shots as the director, and Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions as the production company. Sandler himself plays Hubie Dubois, a resident-not-evil of Salem, Massachusetts, whose naive thinking, mumbling speech and timid persona perpetually/ constantly land him into trouble with his not-so-friendly neighbors.
Among many residents of Salem who are dedicated enough to wait with rotten eggs in their hands, sniffing them for hours just to throw them at Hubie who cycles by, a couple of them stands out — Hubie’s fellow colleague, Mike Mundi (Karan Brar), silver fox snob Mr Landolfa (Ray Liotta), and Hubie’s ex-classmate, Lester Hennessey (Tim Meadows). Steve Buscemi plays Walter Lambert, Hubie’s just-in-time-for-Halloween neighbor, and everything else in Salem is kept under the watchful eyes of sergeant Steve Downey (Kevin James). Including Hubie’s love interest, Violet Valentine (Julie Bowen).
Hubie Halloween kickstarts itself by introducing to you a scene of Hubie Dubois cycling through Salem and evading all the nonsense thrown at him like a pro. After a very predictable crash with a parked car, Hubie lands himself into a pile of malfunctioning life-size Halloween figures, which move like robots, and Hubie himself dances away in a similar fashion to disguise himself. Right away, the robotic dance is quintessentially Sandler, the crash shows a predictable comedic routine, and Hubie’s cool evasion tricks mark the start of a monstrous endurance training that your brain is about to go through — millions of that will be coming your way.