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Goosebumps 2 Blu-ray Review


“Goosebumps 2” is a strange sequel.

“Goosebumps 2” primarily revolves around Sarah, her younger brother Sonny and Sonny’s pal Sam. One day while out on the job with their cleanup business, Sonny and Sam stumble across an R.L. Stine manuscript called “Haunted Halloween” which ends up releasing Slappy The Dummy into the real world. As you can probably guess, Slappy stirs up trouble around and uses his magic to bring inanimate objects to life to create Halloween chaos. Can Sarah, Sonny, Sam and their allies stop Slappy’s diabolical plan?

I should start off by saying the “Goosebumps” books were a major part of my childhood in the 90’s. Naturally, I was thrilled to see the franchise make a jump to the big screen with the first film. While it would have been nice to see stories lifted from the novels in that film, I appreciated the clever concept that managed to incorporate numerous monsters from the series. With “Goosebumps 2,” I’d imagine most people (like myself) were expecting a direct follow-up to the first, but it didn’t turn out that way. Aside from Jack Black reprising R.L. Stine (I’ll get to that shortly), none of the main cast of human characters from the first film appear here nor is the cliffhanger from the first film addressed. Instead, this sequel weirdly brings forth a new cast of characters. In fact, this movie presents a lot of odd creative choices. Why does Nikola Tesla’s tower play a major role plot wise? Why is there a lack of monsters from the “Goosebumps” series and more of an emphasis on random things brought to life? Why does Slappy have so many powers all of a sudden? Why is Chris Parnell playing a hunchback ogre? It’s all very puzzling.

I have no knowledge of what happened behind-the-scenes of this movie, but writer Rob Lieber’s script feels rushed and slapped together (pun intended). Watching the movie, it just feels like a bunch of elements were thrown together with some familiar moments from the first film appearing again. To me, it seems like it would have made more sense to straight up adapt the “Night of the Living Dummy” stories given that this is such a Slappy centric film. It certainly would have helped the plot.

The script may not always work, but the movie still has its moments. As I mentioned earlier, Jack Black does indeed reprise the role of author R.L. Stine. He does not, however, voice Slappy this time around although the actor that does (Mick Wingert) does a fine job sounding just like him. Unfortunately, he’s only in this movie a short amount of time. The time he is in it though is far and away the best parts of the entire film. In terms of comedy, Wendi McLendon-Covey of “The Goldbergs” fame shines as Sonny and Sarah’s mother while Ken Jeong provides some chuckles as a Halloween and Goosebumps obsessed neighbor. Above all else though, I’m just glad this sequel exists as it’s nice to see more horror for kids. There’s not nearly enough horror content out there for younger audiences in this day and age (although it seems like more is on the horizon).


Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect to see a pristine transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A lively track that really impresses during monster heavy sequences.

* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* Sony trailers
* 3 deleted scenes
* An amusing 2 1/2 minute gag reel.
* “Thrills And Chills- The Making Of Goosebumps 2”- A fun making of featuring new Slappy and Madison Iseman segments, set footage, interviews, discussions about the story and cast, etc.
* “Meet The Monsters”- A glimpse at the numerous monsters featured in the sequel.
* “Science With Slappy”- The iconic dummy hosts extras about gummy bears, a tesla coil, static electricity ghosts, actual goosebumps, and chemical reactions and slime,
* “Slappy-Oke Sing Alongs”- 3 musical numbers with Slappy.
* “Junk Brothers- Call Now”- A faux ad.
* “Slappy’s Audition”- A comical extra that is exactly as the title suggests.

January 15, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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