Goosebumbs 2: Haunted Halloween
Release year: 2018
Director: Ari Sandel
Screenwriters: Rob Lieber, Darren Lemke, R.L. Stine (Based on the books written by)
Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray taylor, Caleel Harris, Ken Jeong, Chris Parnell
When Sonny (Taylor) and Sam (Harris) are cleaning out an old house for cash, they come across a mysterious book and a creepy ventriloquist’s dummy. It is the night of Halloween and soon the two boys discover they have unleashed something that will make this year’s Halloween especially lively.
The sequel to 2015 Goosebumps follows the style of the famous books of author R.L. Stine. Instead of continuing the story of last film’s characters, it is a stand-alone movie where new characters come across the creatures from the mysterious book. The special effect is amazing. The creatures look great in that children friendly fashion and there are some genuine awe-moments (like the giant balloon spider) and the cast does a good job. But the story is less gripping as the first time around and Black (The House With Clocks in Its Walls, 2018) is poorly underused. Still hauntingly entertaining though.
In the first Goosebump (2015) movie Jack Black voiced Slappy, here he is voiced by Mick Wingert who has a long string of voice acting under his belt. The puppeteering was done by Avery Lee Jones who also had that job the first time around.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures