13. Oliver’s Ghost
Original Air Date: October 22, 2011
Director: David S. Cass Sr.
Stars: Martin Mull, Cameron Daddo, Bridget White, Daniela Bobadilla, Rhea Perlman
What could be better than a heartwarming ghost story that shows how meaningful family love is? Just about everything, honestly. If there is one thing this world doesn’t need it's Hallmark trying to barge its way into Halloween. It already has Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Leif Erikson Day; we don’t need them clogging the airwaves with sappy faux horror movies. But unfortunately that’s just what the network did with Oliver’s Ghost.
Don’t get it twisted: We didn’t expect decapitations and disembowelments to be front and center on the Hallmark Channel, but Oliver’s Ghost could have at least given us a scarier looking ghost than Martin Mull in a bow tie. Even worse, the little boy who befriends him winds up reuniting him with his estranged daughter in one of the sappiest endings you’ll ever see. This is yet another in a long line of Hallmark movies that attempts to ignore the beautiful cynicism of society, and, honestly, we take offense to that.