Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Ari Sandel (2018)

89min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The second film inspired by RL Stine's children's books features a trio of teens fighting to save their town from a possessed ventriloquist's dummy, who is able to bring Halloween decorations to life. The first film was a surprise package, creating amusing and family-friendly horror spectacle. This follow-up attempts to repeat the feat through imitation, and produces diminishing results. Our heroes are less developed, and the 2015 original's focus on the love of reading is lost. What we get instead is more monsters, more quips, but little substance to make you care about any of it. Younger viewers will be happy, no doubt, provided they are able to handle the scarier moments and a creepy antagonist in Slappy the Dummy. Jack Black makes a brief return as RL Stine, an appearance that underlines the film's half-baked tone. Listless and unimaginative, Haunted Halloween is a classic "same again" sequel that does nothing to build on its enjoyable predecessor.

Cast & Crew

Kathy Quinn Wendi McLendon-Covey
Mr Chu Ken Jeong
Sarah Quinn Madison Iseman
Sonny Quinn Jeremy Ray Taylor
Sam Caleel Harris
RL Stine Jack Black
Science award presenter / Principal Harrison R L Stine
Walter Chris Parnell
Director Ari Sandel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyReleased on: 19 Oct 2018