GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (PG)
PUTS UP AN AVERAGE FRIGHT, US, 87 MIN
The first Goosebumps movie was better than it had to be, largely because of Jack Black’s sterling efforts. As for Goosebumps 2, Black is barely in it aside from a movie-saving cameo in the final act. An all-new cast of characters is led by teen junk collectors Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and Sam (Caleel Harris) and demented ventriloquist’s dummy Slappy. He’s hellbent on hitting their town with a Halloween on steroids, which brings on a hail of scary (ish) special effects. Average.