GOOSE­BUMPS 2: HAUNTED HAL­LOWEEN (PG)

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The Goose­bumps young adult hor­ror books by R L Stine – of which 231 have been pub­lished to date – are the sec­ond high­est-sell­ing series of all time. ( Harry Pot­ter landed top spot with just the seven vol­umes, but it’s still an im­pres­sive stat.) Even though it was play­ing to a mas­sive cap­tive au­di­ence, the first Goose­bumps movie was bet­ter than it had to be. Largely be­cause of Jack Black’s ster­ling ef­forts in the lead role, play­ing a fic­tion­alised ver­sion of Stine him­self. 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 hell­bent on hit­ting their home town with a Hal­loween on spooky steroids, which brings on a hail of gar­ish, scary(ish) spe­cial ef­fects. Av­er­age.

MADI­SON ISEMAN, JEREMY RAY TAY­LOR AND CALEEL HAR­RIS IN A SCENE FROM YOUNG ADULT HOR­ROR AD­VEN­TURE GOOSE­BUMPS 2: HAUNTED HAL­LOWEEN.

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