GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN
Starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman,
Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Chris Parnell and Ken Joeong
- Screenplay by Rob Lieber
- Directed by Ari Sandel
Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs
Out of Four
In the small town of Wardenclyffe, New York, on Halloween Night, two boys named Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor, best known as Ben Hansomb in It) and Sam (Caleel Harris) find a manuscript in an abandoned house that was previously owned by R.L. Stine, entitled "Haunted Halloween." When they open it, they release Slappy, the living ventriloquist dummy, who plans to create the Halloween Apocalypse with the help of his monster allies. Now, Sonny and Sam, alongside Sonny's sister, Sarah (Madsion Iseman), must work to thwart Slappy's plot before all is lost.
|First a demonic clown, now this.|
|Young Madison Iseman once again |
stands in for Jack Black.
Director Ari Sandel (The DUFF) is actually an Academy Award Winner, having helmed the short film West Bank Story in 2005, and he does a very capable job within the limits he is given for his work. The screenplay by Rob Lieber can best be described an innocuous (you won't be cringing, but even the kids won't be quoting any of the dialogue.).But it does movie at a brisk pace, and the effects are up good, esepecially the much hyped gummi bears and a group of Halloween costumes brought to life.
|Insert bear pun here.|
(Image courtesy Sony Pictures)
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is a solid (and safe) bet for the kids during the fight season, and you should be able to enjoy it as a family (especially if you go on bargain night.). As someone who really only enjoys this time of year as it relates to the kiddies, I found it a welcome distraction from the grown up (if far more immature) horrors that were going on in America last Saturday when I saw it.
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