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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween offers a handful of treats for very young viewers, but compared to the entertaining original, this sequel is a ding dong to ditch.
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This lacklustre sequel to the 2015 hit Goosebumps hardly has enough jokes to qualify as a comedy, which leaves it stranded in the netherworld of near-horror, aimed at children supposedly not yet ready for the real thing.
Yielding fewer jolts and giggles than its predecessor, the results play more like functionally programmed babysitting software than any work of the imagination.
This is a kid-friendly monster mash, but it's truly no graveyard smash.
The cinematic equivalent of a fun-size candy bar.
The safely scary and often amusing formula holds.
"Goosebumps 2" is a slapdash sequel to the 2015 hit, picking up with a new group of kids but carrying over the same sense of Halloween fun and mischief as the original.
An unnecessary sequel that has nothing to do with the fantastic spirit the first Goosebumps adaptation had. [Full review in Spanish].
The film loses its charm and gets closer to a bad direct-to-video sequel from the 90s. [Full Review in Spanish]
It just wasn't very creative or fun scary.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween follows a lot of the same story beats as the first film but still displays some clever writing and provides audiences with an entertaining, family-friendly 90-minute horror romp.
As the monsters proliferate, the film grows increasingly disinterested in character. Instead, like too many kid-oriented Halloween movies, it becomes infatuated with a sort of candy-colored, barely controlled chaos.
There are some neat, inventive scares in this cheeky, far-superior sequel.
The original Jack Black Goosebumps movie did not really impress me, and Haunted Halloween is actually fractionally worse. But I still stand by the idea of taking your kids to see monster movies.
Fairly weak, thin story which is basically a rehash of the first movie except with Halloween as the backdrop. Brief, unnecessary "cameo" by Jack Black. Kids may like it, but adults can feel the lack of respect for the adult audience this movie brings. Some standard CGI, which is no longer enough to justify the cost of admission. You need an actual story, characters, acting and then some good CGI is useful. But CGI alone, with a half-hearted story and a cameo by a "name" actor isn't enough to leave most people feeling bummed.
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