The surprises just keep on coming in this topsy-turvy year of 2020. Here’s the latest: The Adam Sandler horror/comedy Hubie Halloween has become Netflix’s biggest hit of the year. Really.
Hubie Halloween–starring Sandler, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Tim Herlihy–is the streamer’s highest-ranking original movie of the last year, topping all other feature films and TV shows, according to Variety.
The film–directed by Steven Brill–debuted on Netflix Oct. 7, in plenty of time for the Halloween crowd, and has been a huge hit with viewers…despite getting mixed reviews from critics.
Hubie Halloween–with a stellar ensemble cast that includes Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Rob Schneider, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Buscemi and Michael Chiklis–follows deli owner Hubie Dubois (Sandler), who loves Halloween and volunteers to keep his hometown of Salem, Mass. safe during his favorite holiday by patrolling as a Halloween Monitor. When he finds out that several of the local citizens have mysteriously disappeared, he springs into madcap action.
Sandler had a unique explanation for sensing a hit film. “You get a feeling,” the comedian said. “When I have a hit coming, I walk differently. The bones feel better. Hubie Halloween’s a hit.” Maybe not scientific, but apparently it works for him.
In fact, the success of Hubie Halloween led Netflix to extend its movie contract with Sandler to include four new films after his previous six-movie deal with the streamer expired earlier this year.
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