RL Stine’s Goosebumps books are a gateway drug. It’s foolish to throw shade at them – the kids reading them today (or, indeed, back in the day) are the horror heads of tomorrow; Stine’s PG chillers gently guided the young and morbidly curious towards Stephen King, Clive Barker, George Romero and John Carpenter. The 2015 film adaptation, which starred Jack Black as a fictionalised version of Stine, encapsulated that aim perfectly, being a supernatural romp juuuuust scary enough for the kids, and juuuuust engaging enough for the adults. It was also hugely successful, earning back around three times its budget, so we’re getting a sequel.
“In the small town of Wardenclyffe on Halloween Night, two boys named Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and Sam (Caleel Harris) find a manuscript in an abandoned house who was previously owned by R. L. Stine called “Haunted Halloween.” When they opened it, they unknowingly release Slappy (Jack Black) who plans to cause a Halloween Apocalypse with the help of his monster allies. Now Sonny and Sam alongside Sonny’s sister Sarah (Madison Iseman) must work to thwart Slappy’s plot before all is lost.
So, things to note:
- We seem to be getting Jack Black back in voice form only, which is a shame – his RL Stine was great.
- That is Jeremy Ray Taylor, aka IT‘s Ben Hanscom, which is a nice bit of casting.
- We are here for that Gummi Bears gag.
Comedy weapons Ken Jeong and Chris Parnell are also in this thing, which should pique your interest. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is in Australian cinemas from October 25, just in time for… well, you know.