Reviewed by: Blake Wilson
What’s wrong with Halloween? Answer
HALLOWEEN—Should Christians participate in the this holiday? Answer
Good overcoming evil
Occult evil / What is the Occult? Answer
Possible negative effects of fantasy magic in Hollywood films
Exposing kids to scary images and situations
Jack Black … R.L Stine and the voice of Slappy the Dummy
Wendi McLendon-Covey … Kathy Quinn
Madison Iseman … Sarah Quinn
Ken Jeong … Mr. Chu
Chris Parnell … Walter
Jeremy Ray Taylor … Sonny Quinn
Shari Headley … Mrs. Carter
Darin De Paul … Terry / Angry Pumpkin (voice)
Jessi Goei … Maya
Caleel Harris … Sam Carter
Peyton Wich … Tommy Madigan
Courtney Lauren Cummings … Jess
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|Director:||Ari Sandel—“The DUFF” (2015), “The X Show” TV series|
|Producer:||Columbia Pictures Corporation
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Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures
Halloween comes to life in a this movie based on R.L. Stine’s series of books. A ventroloquist’s dummy comes to life in the small town of Wardenclyffe on Halloween Night when it is released by two boys in an abandoned house. The evil puppet sets out to create a Halloween Apocalypse with help from his many monster allies. The boys and a sister must try to stop the plot before all is lost.
Prequel: “Goosebumps” (2015)
I was skeptical about “Goosebumps 2,” as they decided not to continue the characters and story from the original at all. Instead, this is a new story with new characters. The first film was a true surprise. It was like an amusement park ride with a few strong surprises (along with some surprising emotional depth in a few places).
This, on the other hand, is only a bit more well-plotted and developed than a television movie (the only real sense of character development involves Sarah’s hesitation to write a good college essay). If this was a Nickelodeon movie, I probably would have been a bit more impressed. There’s really nothing here that’s as compelling and memorable as the original. Even Slappy and the monsters don’t seem as fun as last time. Jack Black’s presence in the movie is limited, though I am glad they didn’t completely cut him out.
The movie’s antics are entertaining, and the idea of the kids finishing an “unfinished Goosebumps book” is an appealing idea. However, as I watched this movie, I kept thinking that it could have been much better.
As for content problems, the main concern is the magic. Unlike last time, which was clearly just monsters jumping off the pages of a book, there are incantations said to make Slappy and the monsters come to life. Now, is it rooted in witchcraft or anything truly demonic? Honestly, the film never explains how any of it is possible. But, if any of this doesn’t give you peace about the film, then by all means don’t see it. On the other hand, it avoids the explicit use of demons and rituals like in the recent “House with a Clock in Its Walls.”
Besides that, there’s a few of mild profanity (“h***,” “d***” and “oh my g**”), a few bathroom jokes, and a few mild “jump scares.” The overall action violence, in the meantime, stays well within PG boundaries.
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.