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In 1992 R.L. Stine created the 1st book, Welcome To Dead House, which would be the start of the most amazing kids’ horror book series of my time. In 2015, Goosebumps made a big-screen debit which left many older fans excited. Fast forward to 2018 and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween came out and though it wasn’t like the first it was still a great film for the youngest of fans!
A Quick Synopsis of the film: Be careful what you wish for. With their after school junk business, best friends Sonny and Sam hope to find treasure in other people’s trash. But when cleaning out the old Stine house, they open a locked book that frees a supernatural nightmare- Slappy! Now, with the help of Sonny’s sister Sarah, they’re in a race against time to get the sinister dummy and all the creatures he’s brought to life back into the pages before he unleashes total pandemonium! Based on the beloved Scholastic book series by R.L Stine, GOOSEBUMPS 2 was directed by Academy Award®-winner Ari Sandel (2005, Best Short Film-Live Action, West Bank Story) from a story by Rob Lieber and Darren Lemke and screenplay by Lieber. The film is produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz and is executive produced by Timothy M. Bourne and Tania Landau. GOOSEBUMPS 2 is a Columbia Pictures, Scholastic Entertainment Inc./Silvertongue Films, Inc and Original Film production.
The film was created to be frightening to a certain extent as to not scare the living daylights out of the young minds, but still spook them for a bit with an added mix of giggles. From the moment I pressed play, my daughter was intrigued. She found the Character Slappy’s laugh to be extremely creepy and according to her “He sounds too real”. Slappy is devious ventriloquist dummy who returns to run amuck, in this second installment of the family-friendly franchise based on R.L. Stine’s beloved book series. Many amazing cast members stand in Slappy’s way of creating a perfect ending to his own story. Despite the craziness, I still found myself loving this creepy adorable villain of the movie.
I do wish the spooky monsters made a more upfront appearance in the film rather than what seemed like a background casting. Maybe more battle scenes with each of the original R.L.Stine Monsters.
The recently released Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Bonus Materials Include:
- “Thrills & Chills – The Making of Goosebumps 2”
- “Meet The Monsters”
- “Science With Slappy”
- “Junk Brothers – Call Now”
- “Slappy’s Audition”
* Three Slappy-Oke Sing-Alongs
Overall, the film is truly entertaining and really cool to just play on a lazy day or family movie night. Have you seen the film already? If so, Who was your favorite character?