Goosebumps 2 feels like one of those straight to DVD sequels that Disney
churns out by the bucket load. Its budget is obviously less than its
predecessor and its cast made up of relatively unknown actors, Jack Black
does turn up - and gets the best joke in the movie – but his contribution
must add up to no more than 5 minutes of the movies 90 minute running time.
The story sees best friends Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and Sam (Sam Caleel
Harrris) setting up a company called Junk Brothers so that they can earn
some extra pocket money.
When the boys agree to clear out an old house, which used to belong to
author R L Stine (Black) they discover, in a secret hiding place, a lost
manuscript called Haunted Halloween.
The boys open the book releasing the evil ventriloquist doll called Slappy
(voiced by Black) who intends to create a family of his own by bringing all
of Halloweens monsters to life.
Goosebumps 2 certainly isn’t on a par with its predecessor, this one is
aimed more at younger children and plays more like an episode of Scooby Doo
than a scary Halloween movie.
Goosebumps 2 isn’t bad it’s just that, given the standard set by the first
movie, it could have been so much better.