Role in the film
He and his brother, Mike, are Mayor Murdock's sons. They do not enjoy Elizabeth's classroom report about Briarville's legend of Trantor and Phineas Worrell. They later destroy Kenny's cardboard haunted house. They are eventually mistaken for trolls by Ernest, but nobody believes him (especially Sheriff Binder). Matt ends up becoming Trantor's wooden doll at Briarville Elementary School's Halloween bash. Mike teams up with Kenny to defeat the trolls by using a squirt gun to squirt milk at some of the trolls in order for them to disappear forever. After Ernest defeats Trantor, Matt becomes a normal person once again and reunites with his father and Mike.
- The name Matt Murdock is widely known as the secret identity of the superhero Daredevil.
- Like Jay and Ernie in Hocus Pocus, Mike and Matt bully Kenny before they encounter Trantor as well as other trolls, but Matt becomes one of Trantor's victims in the form of a wooden doll until Ernest defeats Trantor. Jay and Ernie bully Max Dennison before they encounter The Sanderson Sisters while stealing candy from trick-or-treaters. The sisters imprison them in two cages at their cottage on Halloween. Unlike Mike and Matt, Jay and Ernie do not reunite with Salem's citizens after the Sanderson Sisters disappear off the face of the Earth. They are neglected prisoners at the cottage.