I knew that place was worth something. There's treasure in that house. And finally, I'm gonna get what I deserve.
~ Carrigan plotting with Dibs to retrieve the treasure from Whipstaff Manor
Carrigan Crittenden is the main antagonist in the 1995 live-action movie adaptation of Casper. Her closest assiociate and the secondary antagonist in the movie is her lawyer Dibs.
She was both portrayed and voiced (ghost form) by Cathy Moriarty.
Carrigan is quite furious to learn from her late father's lawyer Mr. Rugg that she has only inherited Whipstaff Manor in her father's will, rather than anything of significant value. Infuriated, she tosses the will and deed into a fireplace but it is rescued by her attorney and close associate Paul "Dibs" Plutzker. Dibs discovers one of the will's pages has an inscription on it describing treasure hidden in the manor.
Carrigan and Dibs visit the old manor, but find it is haunted by 4 ghosts: Casper, a friendly but lonely young ghost and his 3 obnoxious uncles known as the Ghostly Trio: Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie.
The two make several attempts to remove the spirits including hiring both a amatuar exocist named Father Guido Sarducci, and one of Ghostbusters (cameo appearance of Dan Aykroid) but are unsuccessful.
Later in the flim while she was a resting at a nearby hotel, Casper uses his ghostly powers to play the news report to Carrigan about of an afterlife therapist named Dr James Harvey who explains that ghosts are simply spirits with unfinshed business. Looking at the news report Carrigan decides to contact Dr Harvey. After Dr Harvey arrived at the manor, Carrigan and Dibs meet with Dr Harvey and his daughter Kat at the manor, Carrigan orders Dr. Harvey to remove the ghosts as quickly as possible. However, things are complicated when Kat and her father meet the ghosts face-to-face; despite Casper's best efforts to befriend them, the two are terrified by both his appearance and the antics of the Ghostly Trio. They choose not to leave, however, and they stay for the night.
Carrigan and Dibs return back to the manor later on as they see Dr. Harvey in the library with the Ghostly Trio. They decide to have a "happy hour" with him and drag him out of the manor. This allows them to enter the house and they start looking around for the treasure. They follow Casper and Kat (who are now friends), to Casper's father's laboratory hidden under the floorboards of the library. There they learn that a special capsule is used to run a machine called the Lazurus. This has the power to bring ghosts back to life, but now there is only enough for one. They also see the vault at the end of the laboratory when Kat point's it in the direction while talking with Casper. While Casper and Kat explore the Lazarus, Carrigan and Dibs attempt to get the treasure from the vault. Dibs tries to open the vault, but cannot, so in a scoff, Carrigan tries her hand at it but has no better luck.
Realizing his one opportunity to come back to life, Casper with Kat's help turns on the Lazarus and steps inside. Unfortunately, the capsule is stolen by Carrigan and Dibs and Casper is left disappointed when he turns into an egg yolk. With the capsule in hand, Carrigan and Dibs realize that, as ghosts, they would be able to fly through thick solid walls like the vault to retrieve the treasure, and use the Lazarus to come back to life. However, Carrigan has no intention to die herself. She quickly grabs an axe and attempts to kill Dibs with it. After a few moments of satirival back and forth attempts to kill each other, Carrigan drives her car at Dibs attempting to run him over. Dibs dodges her vehicular assault and she goes zooming into the nearby woods. After a couple frantic seconds driving through the woods and being unable to see, Carrigan's car runs into a tree. Her airbag immediately inflates disorienting and frustrating her. As Carrigan fights to deflate the airbag and remove her seatbelt, she does not notice that her car is hanging over the edge of a large cliff. She opens the door and steps out of the vehicle not looking to see the cliff and falls screaming to her death. Moments later Dibs makes his way out to the car to see what happened to Carrigan. He screams her name out over the cliff trying to see if she ended up becoming a ghost or not. After a few seconds of no answer, he assumes she is just dead forever and did not become a ghost. He only seems to be sad that she had a favorite pair of sunglasses of his and turns and walks away.
She suddenly reappears as monsterous ghost to a shocked Dibs and then noted, "Not so fast little man; the b**ch is back"!
Back at the laboratory, Kat uses a dust bellow to reinflate Casper. Carrigan suddenly appears as a monstrous ghost, flies into the laboratory and grabs the treasure chest inside the vault. Casper is in shock claiming that it's his treasure but Carrigan bellows "you mean MY!! treasure" Kat is shocked to see Miss Crittenden as a ghost and she repiles "in the flesh...well in a couple of minutes", and does an evil laugh. Dibs soon reappears and shows Carrigan the capusle to help her remember. Kat realizes that Dibs stole the capsule and claims it's Casper's. Carrigan laughs and disagrees again as she orders Dibs to revive her. Just as he approaches Casper steals the capsule back from Dibs, knocks him into the moat of the laboratory, and takes Kat back upstairs where she greets the high school kids who have arrived for her Halloween party. Casper and Kat return back to the laboratory where Kat stops Casper from confronting Dibs for opening his treasure. They install the potion into the Lazarus only to find Carrigan inside the machine telling Casper that it's her turn in the oven. She orders Dibs to turn her human again, but he turns on her saying that they are through and that he will be using the treasure to by a great big expense house with lovely purple wallpaper and great big green carpets and adopt a little dog called Carrigan "a b**ch just like you". He proclaims that he's got the power and he's got the treasure which prompts her to angrily fling him out of a window. Casper and Kat point out that people only become ghosts because they have "unfinished business" and ask Carrigan what hers is. Carrigan declares that she has no unfinished business, saying that she has her treasure and her mansion "I have everything I'm just perfect" and does an evil laugh again but this suddenly causes her to crossover to the afterlife against her will. Realizing she's been tricked she berates Casper and Kat calling them "rotten little brats!" before she finally explodes.
Carrigan was a nasty, greedy, selfish and cruel woman.
To hell with the lifestock. What'd the old stiff leave me?
~ Carrigan Crittenden asking to her lawyer Dips what she inherited in her late father's will.
Are you trying to tell me that I've just spent the last 2 days holding his clammy hand, waiting for him to kick, and all I get in return is one lousy piece of property?
~ Carrigan demanding an answer about why her late father only left her the Whipstaff Manor.
Wait a minute! This is not fair! I'll contest it, then I'm gonna drag you and everyone of those damn dolphins into court!
~ Carrigan threatening the lawyer to sue the law office.
Listen! Cut the crap, okay? If you don't show yourself, I'm gonna have you arrested for trespassing!
~ Carrigan ordering a mysterious inhabitant (Casper) from the Whipstaff Manor to show himself.
What do I usually do when something stands in my way?
~ Carrigan to Dibs before she hires some builders to wreck the Whipstaff Manor.
Dr. Harvey, hello. I'm Carrigan Crittenden. And this is Dibs.
~ Carrigan introducing herself and Dibs as she greets Dr. Harvey.
Now, Dr. Harvey, exactly what time frame are you looking at? Tell me you go in the house and spray and that's it.
~ Carrigan Crittenden asking Dr. Harvey how long he will be taking to remove the ghosts from the Whipstaff Manor.
Damn it, Dibs. This won't hurt a bit. Stop being such a weenie! It's just business. Come on! If you would just...
~ Carrigan Crittenden attempting to kill Dibs with an axe in order to have his ghost to retrieve the treasure.
Not so fast, little man. The b***ch is back.
~ Carrigan Crittenden to Dibs after she falls off a cliff to her death and rises as a ghost.
Hey, "poppin' fresh", it's my turn in the oven.
~ Carrigan to Casper after he and Kat unknowingly open the Lazarus.
Dibs! Get this thing cooking, you blasted little worm you!
~ Carrigan ordering Dibs to turn her into human.
I am not gonna forget this, you ungrateful, lousy little worm you!
~ Carrigan Crittenden, after Dibs betrays her and decides to take the treasure for himself.
And you have a flight to catch.
~ Carrigan before throwing Dibs out of a window.
Unfinished business? I have no unfinished business. I have my treasure, my mansion, I have everything. I'm just perfect. Wait, I lied! I have unfinished business! Lots of unfinished business! I-I'm not ready to cross over yet! Wait, you tricked me, you rotten little brats!
~ Carrigan Crittenden's last words before her ghost crosses over after Casper and Kat Harvey tricked her into confessing that she has no unfinished business.
Carrigan demands an answer.
Carrigan threatens to sue the law office. "I'll contest it, then I'm gonna drag you and every one of those damn dolphins into court!"
Carrigan and Dibs enter the Whypstaff Manor.
Carrigan demands an answer from a mysterious inhabitant inside the mansion.
"What do I usually do when something stands in my way?"
Carrigan tries to kill Dibs in order to have his ghost to retrieve the mansion's treasure. "Damn it, Dibs! This won't hurt a bit! Stop bein' such a weenie! It's just business! COME ON!"
Carrigan's Evil Grin while she tries to run over Dibs...
...only to get a face full of airbag after ramming into a tree.
Carrigan rising to power
Dibs betrays Carrigan. "I am not gonna forget this, you ungrateful, lousy little worm you!"
Carrigan disappearing into nothingness while refusing to enter the other side.
Carrigan in her arrogance, is unknowingly crossing over.
"Any other takers?"
Carrigan zooms into the dungeon surprising everyone in her pale new ghostly form.
Carrigan seems to find it comical that Kat is surprised to see her dead and floating around. Although she replies"in the flesh" almost as to forget for a second that she is dead, but intends to come back and float around.
Carrigan is the only main villain in a Casper film who is a normal human being, rather than a ghost or a human with supernatural powers, although she does become a ghost at the end of the film. She is also the only villain in the series who is a female.
Cathy Moriarty would later play another character in a later Casper movie. She played Gerti one of Wendy's aunts in Casper Meets Wendy.