GOOSE­BUMPS 2: HAUNTED HAL­LOWEEN (PG) Puts up an av­er­age fright, US, 87 min

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - FLICKS -

The first Goose­bumps movie was bet­ter than it had to be. Largely be­cause of Jack Black’s ster­ling ef­forts in the lead role. As for Goose­bumps 2, Black is barely in it aside from a movie-sav­ing cameo in the fi­nal act. As a re­sult, you can’t help but feel you are watch­ing a fran­chise go­ing com­fort­ably through the mo­tions. An all-new cast of char­ac­ters led by teenage junk col­lec­tors Sonny (Jeremy Ray Tay­lor) and Sam (Caleel Har­ris) are al­ter­nately helped and hin­dered by the an­tics of de­mented ven­tril­o­quist’s dummy Slappy. He’s hell-bent on hit­ting their home town with a Hal­loween on spooky steroids, which brings on a hail of gar­ish, scary(ish) spe­cial ef­fects. Av­er­age.

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