In the village of Blithe Hollow, Massachusetts, Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is an 11-year-old boy who talks to the dead, including his late grandmother (Elaine Stritch) and also numerous ghosts in the area. Almost no one believes him as well as he is separated emotionally from his family while being ridiculed by his peers. His best friend, Neil Downe (Tucker Albrizzi), is an obese boy that is bullied himself as well as finds in Norman a kindred spirit. Throughout wedding rehearsal of a college play honoring the community's implementation of a witch 3 centuries earlier, Norman dreams of the community's past where he is pursued via the timbers by townsfolk on a witch hunt. Later, the boys are confronted by Norman's separated and also apparently deranged uncle Mr. Prenderghast (John Goodman) that tells his nephew that he soon should take up his regular habit to safeguard the town. Right after this encounter, Prenderghast dies from a sudden stroke. During the main efficiency of the college play Norman has another vision, producing a public phenomenon of himself which results in his daddy (Jeff Garlin) basing him. His mom (Leslie Mann) tells him that his papa's demanding fashion is since he is afraid for him. The following day, Norman sees Prenderghast's spirit that tells him that the ritual must be carried out with a certain publication prior to sundown that day; then making him testify complete the job, Prenderghast's spirit is set free and crosses over. Norman is at initial hesitant to go because he is terrified yet his granny informs him it is all right to be terrified as long as he does not allow it alter that he is. Norman sets off to get guide from Prenderghast's residence (needing to take it from his remains).
He after that goes to the graves of the 5 males as well as two females that were cursed by the witch, yet locates that guide is merely a collection of fairy tales. Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), an institution bully, gets there and also prevents Norman from checking out the tale prior to sundown. Norman attempts to proceed reading from the book, to no impact. A supernatural storm looking like the witch shows up in the air, summoning the cursed dead to arise as zombies, that chase after the children together with Norman's 17-year-old sibling, Courtney (Anna Kendrick) and also Neil's older sibling, Mitch (Casey Affleck) down capital and also right into town. Having actually recognized that the witch was not buried in the graveyard, Norman contacts classmate Salma (who tells them to access the City center's archives for the area of the witch's unmarked grave) for help. As the kids make their method to the Town Hall, the zombies are struck by the citizenry. During the riot, Norman as well as his buddies burglarize the archives but can not find the info they need. As the crowd moves to strike Town Hall, the witch storm appears over the group. Norman climbs the Hall's tower to check out the book, in a last-ditch initiative to complete the ritual, but the witch strikes guide with lightning, tossing Norman from the tower as well as deep into the archives.
Unconscious, Norman has a desire where he finds out more that the witch was Agatha Prenderghast (Jodelle Ferland), a little woman of his age who was additionally a medium. Norman recognizes that Agatha was wrongfully convicted by the community council when they misinterpreted her powers for witchcraft. After awakening, Norman runs into the zombies and acknowledges them as the town council that convicted Agatha. The zombies admit that they only wanted to consult with him to make certain that he would take up the ritual, to minimize the damages of the error they made so long ago. Norman attempts in order to help the zombies slip away so they can direct him to Agatha's tomb, yet is caught by the mob. Courtney as well as the children faces the group and encourages them to withdraw, suggesting that their rage, fear, and misunderstanding make them no various than the cursed townsfolk from lengthy ago. Judge Hopkins (Bernard Hillside) quick guides Norman's family members to the grave in a woodland. Prior to the tomb is reached, Agatha's wonderful powers separate Norman from the others. Norman finds the tomb and connects with Agatha that has actually ended up being a malevolent spirit/poltergeist in the spirit dimension, determined to quit the disastrous tantrum she has actually been having over the years. She asks him to leave her be, but Norman holds his ground, telling her he recognizes how she feels as a castaway. Norman endures her assault and also at some point convinces her that her revenge is achieving absolutely nothing and convinces her to quit. Norman informs her that there need to have been a person that was kind to her.
Agatha recalls pleased memories with her mom. At last, having finally come across someone who recognizes her plight, she has the ability to find an action of peace as well as cross over to the immortality. The storm dissipates, and she and also the zombies all fade away. The community tidies up and pertains to Norman as a hero. In the long run, Norman watches a horror film with the ghost of his granny as well as his household, who have expanded to approve Norman for that he is.
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