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.

Goosebumps 2 (PG)

1h 30m

Director: Ari Sandel
Starring: Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris

UK Release: Friday 19th October 2018

Goosebumps 2 - "Holiday Sale" Clip

Goosebumps 2 - "Mr Chu" Clip