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GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (21⁄ 2)
There’s a new group of kids in a new town who are taken in by the evil machinations of ventriloquist dummy Slappy. Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and his friend Sam (Caleel Harris) pick up Slappy at an old creepy house while doing a junk run. Of course, they promptly recite the incantation found in his pocket, as one does when one happens upon a terrifying puppet, and bring him home. Slappy, who apparently longs for a family, is happy to ingratiate himself with Sonny’s sister, Sarah (Madison Iseman), a senior struggling with a scummy boyfriend and college applications, and their harried, snarky mum, Kathy (Wendi McLendon-Covey). The plot is of little consequence. All that matters is once Slappy’s out of the box, he wants to make some mischief, and mischief he makes, with the assistance of all the creatures he brings into existence. It’s a shame Goosebumps 2 misses the mark so badly, when the first film was such a surprising and a delightful hoot. Rated PG. TNS
Hunter Killer is a tense thriller directed by Donovan Marsh and written by Arne Schmidt and Jamie Moss after the 2012 novel Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace. Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Capt. Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) is on the hunt for a US sub in distress when he discovers a secret Russian coup in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Capt. Glass must assemble an elite group of Navy SEALS to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop World War III. Also stars Gary Oldman, Linda Cardellini and Toby Stephens. Rated MA15+. Not previewed
Four decades after John Carpenter introduced Jamie Lee Curtis to the world, she returns as Laurie Strode.
The student of 1978 is now a grandmother, carrying the trauma of that All Hallows’ Eve. She has dedicated her life to the day mass murderer Michael Myers returns and as a consequence estranged herself from her daughter. Of course, her nemesis does escape and the body count builds. Director David Gordon Green (Stronger) has done a great job recreating the horror that made the original film so memorable. The scene where the audience are first reacquainted with Myers is sure to haunt many viewers. Hopefully, it’s not another 40-year wait to see another sequel worthy of carrying on Carpenter’s legacy. CTC. Annelies Gartner
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween