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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 the Troll and Phineas Worrell. They later destroy Kenny's cardboard haunted house. Both of the mayor's sons 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. His brother, Mike teams up with Kenny to defeat the trolls by using a water 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 "Ice" 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 witches imprison them in two cages at their cottage on Halloween. Unlike the Murdock Brothers, Jay and Ernie "Ice" 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.