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Goosebumps 2 (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Year: 2018
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Directed By: Ari Sandel
Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor
About: Two young friends find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQeOzfm-lps

My Review:
Having been a fan of Goosebumps since I was a child and still being a fan I couldn't wait to see the second movie and to see if they did it as well as the first movie. Although this was more different than I expected it to be I was glad that this stayed to the Goosebumps feel and made me enjoy it more than I expected.

This film had good humour within it and still kept it really creepy with having Slappy as the main villain in the movie as well as showing just how powerful he really is. I thought by also making Slappy really want to be part of the family until you make him mad stayed true to the books in which he is the same. Having this made me feel like I already knew the character and made me feel scared for the children who managed to get hold of him and bring him to life without meaning to. Another thing that I liked about Goosebumps 2 was that there was a character who was a fan of the books and was excited about being a part of one of them and mentioned books by R.L. Stine, I liked this as it brought a fan into the movie and someone who was able to understand the danger in which they were in as well as being relateable for people who have been a fan of the books as well. Finally, having the ending which showed how Slappy wrote his own ending to the book and making Stine get sucked into one of his books left it on a great cliffhanger which makes me excited for a third movie as well as scared of the power in which Slappy possesses and how much trouble he is able to create.

The only real problem I had with this movie was that it didn't have much of R.L. Stine in it which I thought was rather odd and I found myself rather sad that the movie didn't have the cast from the first film. Not only this but I feel that they didn't add as many of the Goosebumps villains as I was expecting either when Slappy was bringing them to life. Some of the laughs within this did also feel a bit forced but this didn't really take away from the film too much for me.

Overall, this was a good sequel to the Goosebumps movie and one that I feel is a good bridge between a second and third movie. It also had a great spooky atmosphere to it and made me enjoy this more than I expected. I would recommend this film to those who are fans of the Goosebumps books and the first film, as well as this I would recommend this to people who are looking for a horror movie which you can watch with the whole family. I am definitely going to be watching this again.

My Rating: 4/5 

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