Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Two friends unlock another mysterious Goosebumps book

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

This sequel may not include loads of appearances by lead man Jack Black – which definitely contributed to the fun factor of the original Goosebumps film – but that doesn’t mean it won’t be just as entertaining (right?).

The story this time around follows the Quinn family into an entirely new set of spooky, exciting and funny events.

Sonny, a middle schooler, gets a side job collecting discarded stuff that other people don’t want along with his friend. The gig, unfortunately, leads them right into the path of Slappy, the creepy, mischievous ventriloquist dummy from an unpublished Goosebumps book.

The dummy unleashes all the monsters yet again so that Halloween can last forever. From gummy bears to garden gnomes, his army is more impressive than ever.

Okay, it’s more or less the exact same premise of the original, but worth a watch for the younger cast and crazy creatures terrorising a neighbourhood who think they’re all just people in costumes. Ah, just like Halloween in our neighbourhood.

Did we miss Jack Black? Well, yes and no. Spoiler alert, you do get a glimpse of the funny man in some scenes, but we wanted to see more of him.

Now, let’s be clear about something. You don’t need to be familiar with the books to understand the movies, but it certainly does help.

It also adds a magic touch to the whole cinema experience when you can judge a movie based on how well it measured up to your literary expectations – with a hint of nostalgia in the Goosebumps’ case.

The kids, however, don’t really see thing that way, especially if they’re younger. This is more of an opportunity to introduce them to the art of horror movies without just taking them to see The Nun and risking a lifetime of trauma.

Remember, you’re taking the kids to see a Halloween movie, so cheesiness is always called for. As long as you don’t judge the movie by real horror flick standards, you should be fine.

And gummy bear monsters? That’s just too hilarious to miss.

Two friends unlock another mysterious Goosebumps book.

It’s pure Halloween.

Ari Sandel (PG)

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