Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (or simply Goosebumps 2 as marketed on home release) is a 2018 American horror comedy film directed by Ari Sandel and written by Rob Lieber from a story by Lieber and Darren Lemke. A stand-alone sequel to 2015's Goosebumps, it is based on the children's horror book series of the same name by R. L. Stine. With the exception of Jack Black, none of the cast from the previous film returns here. The new cast consists of Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Chris Parnell, and Ken Jeong.
|Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ari Sandel|
|Screenplay by||Rob Lieber|
by R. L. Stine
|Music by||Dominic Lewis|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Box office||$93.3 million|
The plot follows two young boys who accidentally release monsters and car other creatures from the Goosebumps franchise in their town after opening an unpublished Goosebumps manuscript titled Haunted Halloween, causing a wave of destruction on Halloween night. Unlike the previous installment, Village Roadshow Pictures was not involved with the film.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween was released in the United States on October 12, 2018 by Sony Pictures Releasing under its Columbia Pictures label. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $93 million worldwide against its $35 million budget.
Teenager Sarah Quinn (Madison Iseman) lives with her mother Kathy (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and younger brother Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) in Wardenclyffe, New York. Sarah is attempting to get into Columbia University by writing an essay about fear. Kathy agrees to watch Sonny’s friend Sam Carter (Caleel Harris) while his father (Kendrick Cross) goes out of town.
Sonny and Sam are attempting to start a garbage cleanup business, and are called after school to clean up an abandoned house. Inside, they find a locked manuscript and open it, causing Slappy the Dummy to appear. They unknowingly bring Slappy (Mick Wingert) to life by speaking magic words found in his pocket. The manuscript is later stolen by a bully named Tommy Madigan (Payton Wich).
At home, Sonny is working on his science project, a miniature version of Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower. Slappy then reveals he's alive to Sonny and Sam, and gets their trust by using his magic to do the boy's chores and homework. Meanwhile, Sarah goes to a party to meet her boyfriend Tyler Mitchell (Bryce Cass), but sees him kissing a girl named Jess (Courtney Lauren Cummings). Slappy later overhears Sarah talking about Tyler and then sabotages Sonny's science project. The following day on Halloween, Slappy uses his powers to attack Tyler, and Sonny accidentally damages the school science lab with his sabotaged project.
Sarah questions Sonny and Sam about Slappy. The group realizes that Slappy is at fault for everything. The kids capture Slappy and try to dispose of him in a lake, but he escapes. That night, they find an article online about the events that happened in Madison, Delaware and try to contact R. L. Stine (Jack Black) after realizing the book they found was an unpublished Goosebumps manuscript called Haunted Halloween. Stine, now living in a cabin in the woods, hears their message and departs for Wardenclyffe.
Slappy goes to a local drug store and uses his magic to bring Goosebumps costumes and Halloween decorations to life. He also uses a mask to transform an employee named Walter (Chris Parnell), whom Kathy has a crush on, into a hunchbacked ogre. Slappy travels to the Tesla tower, and uses it to amplify his magic. Sarah, Sonny and Sam retrieve the book from Tommy’s house while all the town’s Halloween decorations come to life, and discover that the book can trap the monsters inside. However, the book is stolen and Kathy is kidnapped by the monsters.
The kids’ neighbor Mr. Chu (Ken Jeong), a Goosebumps fan who is thrilled to be trapped in a living Goosebumps story, helps them craft monster disguises to safely navigate the town. The kids head for the Wardenclyffe Tower while Stine arrives in town.
At the tower, the kids encounter Slappy and Walter and discover that Slappy has turned Kathy into a living dummy, so that she can be his "mommy." Sonny and Sam overload the reactor while Sarah fights Slappy. She defeats Slappy by kicking him into the electrified coil atop the tower, which blasts him into the sky. Sarah opens the book and combines it with the reactor's energy to suck all the other monsters into the Haunted Halloween manuscript, while also causing Kathy and Walter to return to normal. Stine arrives, congratulates the kids for defeating the monsters, and gives Sarah advice for writing her essay.
Sometime later, Kathy and Walter start dating, Sonny wins the science fair and Sarah gets an email saying she got into Columbia University.
Back in Stine's cabin, Slappy appears. He reveals that he has survived and has written a book of his own where Stine is the main character. He then opens his manuscript, sucking Stine inside.
- Jeremy Ray Taylor as Sonny Quinn
- Madison Iseman as Sarah Quinn, Sonny's sister.
- Caleel Harris as Sam Carter, Sonny's best friend.
- Wendi McLendon-Covey as Kathy Quinn, Sonny and Sarah's mother.
- Chris Parnell as Walter, the manager of the local pharmacy, who has a crush on Kathy and is turned into a hunchbacked ogre by a Haunted Mask.
- Ken Jeong as Mr. Chu, the Quinns' neighbor.
- Jack Black as R.L. Stine, the writer of the Goosebumps books.
- R .L. Stine appears as Principal Harrison, the principal of the school that Sonny and Sam attend.
- Mick Wingert as the voice of Slappy the Dummy, a living ventriloquist dummy from the Night of the Living Dummy books. Jack Black previously voiced Slappy in the first film.
- Avery Lee Jones provides the puppeteer work for Slappy.
- Bryce Cass as Tyler Mitchell, Sarah's ex-boyfriend.
- Peyton Wich as Tommy Madigan, a bully who picks on Sonny and Sam.
- Kendrick Cross as Mr. Carter, Sam's father.
- Shari Headley as Mrs. Carter, Sam's mother.
- Courtney Lauren Cummings as Jess, a girl with whom Tyler cheats on Sarah.
- Jessi Goei as Maya, Jess' friend.
- Katharine C. Lumpkin as Monster Bride
- Kent Wagner as Undead Pirate
- Marsha Shackelford as Female Cyborg
- Barry W. Jerald Jr. as Gray alien
- Sherri Millican as Banshee
- Scott Millican as Red-Haired Ghoul
- Joseph N. Hardin as Vampire
- Alex T. Hill as Scarecrow
- Benjamin Bladon as Royal Mummy
Calaca ladies portrayed by Iyani Gwendolyn, Cheniqua Litchmore, and Hali J. Ross. Goblins portrayed by Cody Jenkins and Joe Marri. Mummies portrayed by Mary Tricia Froedge, Robert Hunt, Martin Skyler, Grace Toso, Calvin Wickham, and Taylor Williams.
On September 2, 2015, it was reported that a sequel to the film Goosebumps was already in the planning stages, with Sony looking for a screenwriter. On January 17, 2017, a January 26, 2018 release date was set, and Rob Letterman confirmed that he was to return as director for the sequel. On February 6, 2017, it was announced that the film's release date had been delayed to September 21, 2018, taking the date previously held by Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
In November 2017, Rob Lieber was tapped to pen the script. In December 2017, Ari Sandel was announced as a director instead of Letterman, due to the latter being busy directing Pokémon: Detective Pikachu for Legendary Entertainment. Variety reported that two scripts had been written: one script in which Black would reprise his role, while the other would work Black out entirely. In December 2017, the sequel's release date was pushed to October 12, 2018.
The film was later renamed Goosebumps: Slappy’s Revenge, and its new leading cast members were set as Madison Iseman, Ben O'Brien, Caleel Harris and Jeremy Ray Taylor (O'Brien did not appear in the finished film). Ken Jeong, Chris Parnell and Wendi McLendon-Covey joined the following month. Filming began on March 7, and in April 2018 the title was renamed again, to Haunted Halloween.
It was initially stated by Sony representatives that Avery Lee Jones, who puppeteered Slappy in the film, would also voice the character. Jack Black returned for the film as Stine, and it was later reported that Mick Wingert would actually voice Slappy.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween was released on October 12, 2018. The film's first trailer premiered on July 11, 2018, the international trailer on August 16, 2018, and a third trailer on September 20, 2018. A television spot was released on September 24, 2018, which also confirmed that Jack Black would return for the film.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 15, 2019.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween grossed $46.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $46.6 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $93.3 million, against a production budget of $35 million.
In the United States and Canada, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween was released alongside First Man and Bad Times at the El Royale, and was projected to gross $15–21 million from 3,521 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $4.9 million on its first day, including $750,000 from Thursday night previews, up from $600,000 by the first film. It went on to debut to $15.8 million (down 33% from the first film's opening of $23.6 million), finishing fourth at the box office, behind Venom, A Star Is Born and First Man. The film dropped 38% in its second weekend, to $9.7 million, remaining in fourth.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 48% based on 93 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "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." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 53 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, down from the "A" earned by the first film.
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