HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS 2

Starring

Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT)
Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle)
Caleel Harris (Skyward)
Wendi McLendon-Covey (Atmy of One)
Chris Parnell (Hotel Transylvania)
Ken Jeong (The Hangover)
Jack Black (Be Kind Rewind)
Mick Wingert (The Princess and The Fog)

Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Madison Iseman in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)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 goes out of town.Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Madison Iseman in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)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 him to life by speaking magic words found in his pocket. The manuscript is later stolen by a bully named Tommy Madigan (Payton Wich).Wendi McLendon-Covey in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)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 (Bryce Cass), but sees him kissing another girl. Slappy sabotages Sonny’s science project and overhears Sarah talking about Tyler. The following day on Halloween, Slappy uses his powers to attack Tyler, and Sonny accidentally damages the school science lab with his sabotaged science project. Later, Sarah arrives home and questions two boys about Slappy. The group realizes that Slappy is at fault and is evil. The kids capture Slappy and try to dispose of him, but he escapes.Ken Jeong in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)Later 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happened in Madison, Delaware and try to contact R. L. Stine (Jack Black) after realizing the book they found was an unpublished Goosebumps manuscript called Haunted Halloween.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 Halloween costumes and decorations to life. He also transforms an employee named Walter (Chris Parnell) into a hunchbacked ogre. He then travels to the Tesla tower, using it to channel his magic. Sarah, Sonny and Sam retrieve the book from Tommy’s house while all the town’s Halloween decorations come to life. They soon discover that the book can trap the monsters inside. However, the book is stolen and Kathy is kidnapped by the monsters.Mick Wingert and Madison Iseman in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)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. 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, combining it with the reactor’s energy to suck all the other monsters into the Haunted Halloween manuscript. Kathy and Walter return to normal. Stine arrives and congratulates the kids for defeating the monsters, as well as offering Sarah writing advice for 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, he finishes a new book. Slappy appears, revealed to have survived and wrote a book of his own where Stine is the main character. He then opens the manuscript, sucking Stine inside.Mick Wingert, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)An entertaining film for the whole family, and it has kid friendly scares just like the first Goosebumps film, and the book series. Effects are great, and the young actors are also good, Jack Black returns as R.L. Stine, my problem here he serves very little purpose being in the film. Madison Iseman who’s in the film, I can’t help but feel she looks familiar, and when She and Jack Black are on screen together, made me remember they both where in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle(2017), in which Jack Black played her character trapped in the body of a man.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS (2015)

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CAST

 Jack Black (School of Rock)
Dylan Minnette (Lost)
Odeya Rush (The Giver)
Ryan Lee (Super 8)
Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone)
Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street)
Steven Krueger (The originals)
Ken Marino (Agent Carter)

Halston Sage (The Orville)
Karan Soni (Deadpool)

Goosebumps (2015)
Zach Cooper and his mother Gale move to the town of Madison, Delaware. While settling in, Zach meets his new neighbor Hannah and her father, known as “Mr. Shivers”. Zach and Hannah become quick friends, but Mr. Shivers frequently warns Zach to avoid contact with them. At Madison High School where Gale works as the vice-principal, Zach befriends Champ, a socially awkward student. The next night, Zach hears Mr. Shivers and Hannah arguing, followed by Hannah screaming. He calls the police, but Mr. Shivers assures the officers that the noise came from his television. Fearing Hannah is in danger, Zach tricks Mr. Shivers into going to the police station for further questioning and breaks into his house with Champ’s help. The two find a shelf containing many Goosebumps manuscripts, all of which are locked. Zach unlocks one of the books, but when Hannah discovers them, Zach drops the book, releasing the titular character of The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena that breaks out of the house. They pursue the monster to an ice skating rink, where Mr. Shivers appears and imprisons it back into the book.
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On the way home, Mr. Shivers reveals that he is Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. He created the stories as a child to terrorize the people that made fun of him, but the monsters came to life and became uncontrollable, so he had to trap them inside their manuscripts. Returning to the house, they find Slappy from the Night of the Living Dummy, which was accidentally unlocked before, waiting for them. Angry at being imprisoned, Slappy burns his own manuscript and flees in The Haunted Car. They are attacked by the lawn gnomes from Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes, but when Stine and the kids try to smash them, each of the gnomes reform, making them realize that they can only run away.
Slappy releases several monsters, letting them rampage under his command. Zach suggests Stine to write a new book that will trap every monster, but he can only do it with his special typewriter which is at the high school. On the way there, Brent Green from My Best Friend Is Invisible and the giant praying mantis from A Shocker on Shock Street attack Stine’s car, so they are forced into hiding. The titular Werewolf of Fever Swamp pursues them into an abandoned supermarket, only to be run over by Zach’s aunt Lorraine.
As they cut through the cemetery, Zach notices that Hannah glows blue in the moonlight. After evading the Graveyard Ghouls from Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls, they manage to make it to the high school. There, Zach privately questions Stine about Hannah, and Stine reveals that she is a Goosebumps character (from The Ghost Next Door) he created to cope with his loneliness, of which she is seemingly unaware. Stine finds the typewriter and starts writing a new story based on the events around them, while Zach leads the students in fending off all the released monsters that are storming the building. Slappy confronts Stine and breaks his fingers with the typewriter case before the story is finished.
Stine, Zach, Champ and Hannah board a school bus and go to an abandoned amusement park. There, Slappy lets out the blob from The Blob that Ate Everyone. Stine then hands the book and typewriter to Zach, and distracts the blob by allowing it to devour him alive. Zach finishes the story, but is reluctant to open the book because Hannah will also be sucked inside it. Revealing she knew the truth about herself all along, Hannah opens the book, sucking Slappy and all the other monsters into it; she bids farewell to Zach with a kiss before she is also sucked in. Sometime later, Stine has started working as Zach’s English teacher. After class, Zach is surprised and delighted to see that Hannah is there and Stine reveals to Zach that he wrote her back into existence with another book. She and Zach kiss and leave school together while Stine burns Hannah’s manuscript, making her permanently real. As he prepares to leave the school, he sees the typewriter typing by itself inside its display case. To Stine’s horror, Brent Green has evaded imprisonment and begins writing a story titled The Invisible Boy’s Revenge.
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It’s a fun story even if you are not aware of Goosebumps, but I’m sure if you are a huge fan, you’ll get a real kick out of seeing some of the monsters from your favorite books/TV epoisodes make an appearance on the big screen.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS: THE HALLOWEEN EPISODES

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NOTABLE CAST MEMBERS

R.L. Stine
Kathryn Long (Crossing The Line)
Colin Fox (Scanners III)
Anne Marie Deluise (Smallville)
Erica Luttrell (Lost Girl)
Amos Crawley (The Virgin Suicide)
John White (American Pie: The Naked Mile)

THE HAUNTED MASK – PART 1 & 2

Carly Beth Caldwell (Kathryn Long) is repeatedly scared by her friends. After getting fooled into eating a sandwich that contained a worm by her friends Chuck Greene (Amos Crawley) and Steve Boswell (George Davis), Carly Beth runs home and rips the duck costume her mom, Kate made for her as a result. She later goes into a mask shop hoping to find something that will scare Chuck and Steve. In the store, she stumbles upon a back room filled with some hideous masks. There, she steals one of them, goes home, puts on the mask and scares her brother, Noah (Cody Jones). She soon notices the mask won’t come off, and when it finally does, she and Noah are unsure as to how she unintentionally changed her voice. After putting on the mask again, Carly Beth takes the mould of her head that her mother gave to her and leaves the house.
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She starts acting different: she attacks her best friend, Sabrina Mason (Kathryn Short), frightens children and vandalizes the neighbourhood. After scaring Chuck and Steve, she buries the head. While at Sabrina’s house, Carly Beth is shocked to find she is unable to remove the mask as it seems to have become part of her skin. She goes back to the mask shop to find the owner waiting for her. The shop owner tells Carly Beth that the mask is a real living face and the only way to remove it is with a “symbol of love.” Carly Beth begins to cry out and scream in horror, awakening the other masks who begin to pursue her. Chased by the other masks, she runs to the cemetery and digs up the mold her mother gave her and uses it to deter the other masks and remove the mask from her face. She returns home to her mother, tossing the mask near the door. Carly Beth is horrified to see Noah wearing the mask upon his return.

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ATTACK OF THE JACK O’LANTERNS

When Drew’s friends, Shane and Shana, pay her a visit, they offer to help her scare local bullies, Tabitha and Lee on Halloween. However, the evening turns terrifying when two jack-o’-lantern headed ghouls attack.

THE HAUNTED MASK II – PART 1 & 2

Steve wants a Halloween mask just as scary as Carly Beth’s, however he doesn’t realize is that Carly Beth’s mask might be after him. Can Carly Beth, Sabrina, and Chuck save Steve from The Haunted Mask’s evil spell?

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The Halloween episodes of the show really do stand out as classics, they really are  still full of some really good stuff that is worth watching all these years later.  Classic show.

REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS – SEASON 4

 

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Daniel Clark (Juno)
Barbara Radecki (Man of The Year)
Nicole Dicker (Search Owls)
Corey Sevier (Immortals)
Fiona Highet (Bitten)
Laura Vandervoort (Jigsaw)
Yani Gellman (47 Meters Down)

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HOW I GOT MY SHRUNKEN HEAD

Mark is a kid who wishes to one day explore the jungle, finally gets his chance when he’s invited to go an expedition with his Aunt Benna after receiving a package with a shrunken head inside it that carries supernatural powers. Upon arriving to the Pacific Jungle Island of Baladora, Benna has mysteriously disappeared, and Mark suspects something strange with the other doctors that partake in the expedition.MV5BMjI5NTUyMjc4MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODc3MzA0NzM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,677,1000_AL_When the episode began, I was invested and find myself constantly interested in what was going to happen next as it moved on. But when knowing the show’s formula at this point, you can pretty much tell who’s going to be the bad guy, and if the Aunt is still alive and well, which is kind of disappointing that the episode doesn’t offer that many unique twists and turns. Not to say that the story itself isn’t engaging because it is thanks to its jungle setting, the mysteries surrounding the supernatural powers of the shrunken head, and the characters. Though the episode does have its problems with its predictable story-line, the hokey acting from our lead, some of the supporting characters being pointless, and the effects looking awful at the climax, there’s still plenty of good in it. The story’s setting, and the myths revolving around the shrunken head is intriguing. The characters are likable and interesting. The acting for the most part is good. And the effects and the episode’s overall look are fun and at times cool to look at. It’s not one of the greatest episodes from the show, but it’s not a bad or mediocre one either.Cbeaa960-6a40-0134-185e-060e3e89e053

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR

Hannah discovers that she has a new neighbor named Cody who lives next door. But the house next to hers is an old abandon house that no one has lived in for quite some time. Curious to why he’s living there, and not ever seeing him or his family move-in, she suspects something strange about him. And upon almost every time that she encounters Cody, she seems to be haunted by a mysterious shadowy specter when he’s not present.2112-4-4-906962400-4632294402-xlarge-608x342Not too long ago, I was watching a video of the “Top 5 Best Goosebumps Episodes” from Channel Awesome’s very own Walter Banasiak, and when I found out that one of the episodes from this Season was on the list, I was quite curious to see this episode for the first time, wondering if its as good as he made it out to be. When the episode began though I was interested, I knew or had some kind of idea of what the first part was building-up too. And while watching the first 19 minutes of it, I kept thinking to myself “when is this episode going to wow me”, it’s so predictable! But when we got to the end of the first part my jaw dropped as I reacted with awe. And when the second part started I was hooked and eager to learn about what everything going on in the first part was all about. Granted I’m not going to act like that this is the first horror anthology kid’s show to pull off this kind of twist, and there are a few things that I’m not quite clear about in terms of logic, but overall it’s still all executed brilliantly!5ddbbd2844b689aacecd343b6f464609

CRY OF THE CAT

 

Movie star Allison Rogers is staring in a horror movie about an evil cat, but little does she know that the film’s subject matter is going to become reality for her after she accidentally hits a cat with her bike. The cat turns out to still be alive, but is now coming after Allison for taking away one of his nine lives.MV5BMTI2NjM3NDYtM2UyMS00ZTJhLTg3YzktOGU2YjM3YjRiY2FmXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_When the episode started out, I had no idea where it was going. There’s a demonic cat that’s attacking two kids in a dark house, and they hire some kind of Exorcist to get rid of it, but gets killed by the cat off-screen as the kids are then left to fend for themselves. I wasn’t sure if this was supposed to be a previous encounter with the cat before meeting our real main characters, or if the episode was starting out in the middle of the events to then giving us a flashback leading up to everything that we just witnessed. But once I found out that this was a film that the characters are in, I was kind of disappointed that everything I saw was fake, but quite intrigued to see the series take a different route. Usually with a premise like this, the story would be set in some kind of suburban neighborhood with a bland kid that just gets in the middle of it. But instead it mostly takes place on a studio lot with our lead being an actor, which I was not at all expecting in an episode like this. It’s true that when I see the characters shoot scenes for the movie, I was curious to know the full plot, and frankly would love to see it as a whole entire episode for how foreboding, intense, and a tad bit silly it is (I mean really a pet Exorcist). But the actual story that we’re given for this one is still good enough, where I became just as engaged in the premise as I did with the previous two episodes. Much like “How I Got My Shrunken Head”, this is a good if not great or memorable episode. It has a nice change of setting, some good performances, mostly cool effects, and a scary monster. It does have its flaws in terms of clunky writing, a few forgettable or dull performances, and some odd designs and effects, but it’s far from being a bad one. And if you’re curious to see “Goosebumps” take on cats, chances are that you’ll be satisfied at their attempt.maxresdefault

DEEP TROUBLE

 

Billy and Sheena are visiting their Uncle Harold in the Caribbean, but find their stay to be quite boring as their Uncle spends more time working on experiments in his basement than he does with his niece and nephew (why does that sound sooo familiar?). The kids discover a few weird things on the Island and in their Uncle’s lab, and eventually find themselves marooned on an uninhibited Island with their Uncle to fend themselves against giant creatures, and a mysterious monstrous cult. I’ve heard many fans complain about how this episode strays from the book, but as I’ve stated in my review on “Teacher’s Pet” in the show’s third season, I am only judging these episodes on their own merits. However, from my research it turns out that this episode is an adaptation to “Deep Trouble 2”, and though I feel like the first story should get an adaptation, at least the episode is not trying to confuse audiences who haven’t read the books like they did with “Night of the Living Dummy 2” or “Return of the Mummy”. But then again, it definitely hasn’t pleased the people who read the books.MV5BZTBjYTU1ZjctZmNkNy00Yjc4LWJmMzYtOWIwZjU5NmU2NjNlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_The setting for the story isn’t bad, I do like the idea of having clues in the first part, and having the second part of them trying to escape from monsters, but the execution while not awful, is not as good as it sounds. The characters are nothing new at all. You have one kid who’s adventurous and obnoxious, as the other one is reluctant; the scientist family/relative who’s responsible (or at least partly responsible) for the weird things that happen; and your predictable twist villain, who doesn’t seem normal when he tries to act it. And none of these performances bring anything special or charming to their characters to make to overlook how cliched they are. The only real interesting about any of them is some of the people they casted that appeared in previous installments to the series. This episode is easily the weakest one in this season for it’s recycled characters and monsters; dull performances; and some really bad effects. But it’s still watchable when compared to the many others in the series. The story does keep your attention, and there are some really neat and inventive effects and designs. It’s just a shame that this is the very last episode to close the show with for how mediocre it is when any one of the other episodes from this season (especially “The Ghost Next Door”) would’ve been a better choice to cap the series.hqdefault

Going into this season, I expected this to be terrible since none of the episodes are hardly ever talked about as the ones in the past 3 seasons, but I was gradually surprised that there wasn’t any episode that I found to be unwatchable or horrible. The last episode was mediocre but it’s not as boring or horrific as episodes like “You Can’t Scare Me”, “Go Eat Worms”, and “Don’t Go to Sleep”. Every episode in this season did offer at least something good and impressive. But though the series worst episodes come from all the other season’s, I still do consider this season to be the series’ weakest. And why you may wonder since I had something good to say about all of them, well aside from “The Ghost Next Door”, all the other episodes are forgettable for how average they are. There’s hardly anything about them that makes them stand-out as anything special, since they share nearly the same amount of pros and cons. At least with the other seasons they for the majority had plenty of episodes that were more memorable when compared to this one. You remember the great ones for how scary and inventive they were, but you also remembered the awful ones for how ridiculous and beyond cheesy they were too. So while this season isn’t bad, I’m still at the end of the day going to remember most of the episodes from the other seasons than I will with the ones from this one.

REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS – SEASON 3

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Brooke Nevin (The Comebacks)
Chris Britton (Riverdale)
Martin Roach (Cube Zero)
Anthony De Longis (Masters of The Universe)
Tabitha Lupien (Hairspray)
Patricia Gage (Highlander: The Raven)
Kyle Downes (Proxy Kill)
Jonathan Whittaker (Deep Six)
Laura Vandervoort (Bitten)
Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil: Afterlife)
Malcolm Stewart (Jumanji)
Victor A. Young (Nemesis Game)
Ron Lea (Saw IV)
Terra Vnesa (Wrong Turn 4)
Mpho Koaho (Saw III)
Wayne Robson (Cube)
Janet-Laine Green (Seeing Things)
Daniel Kash (Aliens)
Caterina Scorsone (Alice)
Philip Akin (Highlander: The Series)

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SHOCKER ON SHOCK STREET

Erin and her best friend Marty sneak inside their favorite horror movie studio to check out the special effects department that her Father creates for their horror films. After being caught by Erin’s Father, instead of punishing her, he joyfully gives the two the opportunity to be the first kids to experience a theme park ride based on the “Shock Street” horror films. Everything starts out promising for the two, until the ride suddenly breaks down as the kids find themselves being attacked by animatronics that are modeled after the many monsters that the studio has created.Goosebumps2The premise is awesome! I love the whole idea of two kids experiencing a ride that’s based off of horror movies where they find themselves being attacked by the monsters. It’d be like going on a Universal Studio tour where monsters like the Shark from “JAWS” or King Kong would actually come alive and kill you, rather than it being staged. It’s a very amusing concept. I also love that we’re not just seeing the kids explore the ride; we see them explore many other places such as the special effects room where costumes and animatronics start to move, and walking on the set for “Shock Street” itself where some of the monsters lurk. And the sets and designs for some of the monsters are colorful and creative.

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MY BEST FRIEND IS INVISIBLE

 

Sam lives with his scientist parents who are conducting a top secret experiment in the basement (never seen that before), and is constantly being dragged along by his adventurous friend Roxanne to sneak inside a haunted house that he lives right next door too, so that they can capture footage of the ghost that haunts the place. After having an encounter with the ghost inside the house, the ghost goes to Sam’s house to be his invisible ghost friend. But all the ghost does is accidentally makes Sam’s life miserable.247aae66ebdd9870b1657ee2f11aeb215dcbbc8bThe acting from our stars, while not good, it’s definitely not the worst, or feels as staged as the previous episode. It’s serviceable at best, and I do buy the majority of the kid’s reactions when he’s interacting with the ghost, even if it is a little too over exaggerated. But as passable as the acting is, the characters are pretty much the generic stereotypes that we keep seeing on the show. You have the protagonist who’s always petrified, the female best friend who’s rebellious and snarky, the scientist parents, the snobby teacher, and the bully who bullies our lead for no reason at all. The only character who comes across as interesting is the ghost, since we have no idea of how he died, or what he looks like since he’s invisible. And watching him accidentally humiliate Sam, while nowhere near as funny as seeing a comical character like Clarissa mess up a wish every time a character makes one in “Be Careful What You Wish For”, is still fun to watch. The reveal of the ghost does lead to a very intense ending, and when the episode ends, you still find yourself wanting to learn more after discovering this shocking piece of information that the ending throws at you.jeffdavis_1238280876

 

THE HOUSE OF NO RETURN

 

Three kids, who have formed their own club called “Danger Incorporated” for brave kids only, wish to have a new member join their club for how boring it is. So they try to get kids in the neighborhood to join their club if they will stay inside a local haunted house for an hour, but none of them pass the initiation test. Things seem hopeless for their chances of gaining a new member until a new kid named Chris moves into the town trying to make new friends. But he refuses to be part of the club since he gets spooked easily. So the kids desperately trap him inside the house so he can pass the test and have a new member, where Chris witnesses’ some strange paranormal activities going on.x1080-lhqUnlike most Goosebumps episodes where we get characters who are so black and white, and cliched to the point where they mostly all feel the same, these characters aren’t generic. You have the new kid in town (though I don’t see that too often in the series itself), and the kids who act like jerks that will eventually get what’s coming to them, but they aren’t as boring as you think they would be. The trio of kids, despite that they do crazy things, they aren’t as goofy as the other characters in the series who share a similar trait like the kids in “You Can’t Scare Me” or Todd in “Go Eat Worms”, they do feel like actual kids, who just do crazy things, and are acted pretty well (given the show’s standards that is). The kid Chris, I will admit does fall close in being a standard character of the series with his socially awkward behavior that’s resembles previous characters like Walker in “Attack Of The Jack-O’-Lanterns” and Duane in “The Headless Ghost”. But what separates him from the two is his action in the ending (which I won’t spoil) that makes him a character that you shouldn’t underestimate, despite that he seems like an easy push-over.MV5BZGY2NDEzODYtNGQ4MS00NThjLTliZDAtYzNhOTM4NjA1NTQxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_

 

DON’T GO TO SLEEP

 

Matt is sick of being a kid as he envy’s all the privileges that his older siblings get to have. But rather than wishing to be an adult, he just lays on a bed in the attic complaining about how much reality sucks. The next morning, Matt wakes up and not only finds out that he now has more privileges then his siblings do, but he’s also a famous Hockey player. Not knowing what’s going on, Matt naturally sucks at playing Hockey as he finds himself being stalked by two agents. Things only get worse for Matt where he keeps transporting into different realities of not being able to do things that adults are successful at doing, despite that everyone around him says that he’s professional at it.MV5BOTQxNjFmZjAtODEyZi00M2JiLTkwNTItNzY1MzhhNWM4YjZlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_The idea of a kid going through one alternate reality to another learning that adults have things harder than kids do is not a bad way of telling the moral of enjoying your youth and the things that you do have while you still can, but the execution is far from good. The reason why I say that is because the episode isn’t anywhere near scary. And I know that shouldn’t be a surprise considering that there are tons of episodes in the show that aren’t scary, but this one has to be by far the goofiest episode that I’ve ever had to sit through. Everything about it is so goofy and exaggerated that it hardly takes its time to come off as creepy or atmospheric. Right after the rushed exposition of the kid getting nearly the same kind of cruelty as Kevin McCalister in the “Home Alone” films gets, where he’s up in the attic talking to a mannequin and planning to live up there (because any kid would love to live in a dark and scary looking attic) I knew the episode was in trouble for how crazy and questionable the first few minutes were. Now to be fair, the episode does intentionally play on the goofy camp, like having the kid getting married to an ugly woman as everyone around him thinks she’s beautiful, or the number of adults that the kid meets who act all childish, but since those scenes are trying to come off as a tad bit creepy and suspenseful, they miserable fall apart for being way too silly for their own good.MV5BNzBjMTA4ZjItY2E2NC00MWQyLTlhOTctNzE5NzgwNWFmMDBlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_

CLICK

 

Seth receives a remote control that he ordered through the mail, and quickly discovers that it doesn’t only control all the household appliances, but also time itself. Despite getting numerous phone calls, E-mails, and TV messages from the salesman who sold him the remote to warn him about the consequences if he abuses the power of it, he obviously abuses the power of it for his own selfish needs, until the remote breaks where his family are standing frozen in time.MV5BOTYwMmQ3MjYtOTU0MC00OTlmLTg4NjgtZDgxODdjYWQ4NjJmXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_The episodes’ story is as simple and basic as a story of messing with the space time condominium can get. But what makes it plausible aside from the unique concept of using a remote control (you know before Sandler could make it famous, or by many infamous) is unlike the last episode I reviewed where the show’s camp and humor went way too over board to the point where the final result was goofy and far from scary, this episode finds the right balance between humor and tension like the episodes “The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom” and “Be Careful What You Wish For”. There are plenty of enjoyable scenes of the kid screwing around with the remote, with some decent effects and plenty of fun gags in both the visuals and the writing revolving around the remote’s power and ability. But there is still a feeling of risk as you see this kid become obsessed with the remote’s powers for his own personal gain that only gets him into nothing but trouble as he may risk losing his loved ones forever. The salesman who warns the kid is another example of the episode having a good balance between humor and terror. How he pops out of nowhere trying to warn the kid is always surprising as you are constantly wondering and even at times hoping when he’ll try to contact the kid again. But his personality while a tad bit creepy at times, is mostly a riot for how he tries to warn the kid about the dangers of misusing the item as if he was doing a commercial by fast-talking through the rules of how the item should be handled, and what the item isn’t suitable for. The kid they got to play our lead is the same kid who played Skipper in the two part “Goosebumps” episode “Attack Of The Mutant”, who I think is a fitting casting choice considering that he played the role of a kid obsessed with comics so well. And here he does just as good of a job, only this time he’s addicted to a time controlling device that turns him into a spoiled selfish brat, instead of being a geeky kid who becomes a hero for his knowledge of reading and collecting comics.MV5BYmE1ZDU0MWItMzI3NC00OTZiLTkwZTctYzgzYmY5YmQxNTM4L2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzIxNDY5NTA@._V1_

AN OLD STORY

 

Tom and Jon are home alone as their parents are out on vacation, but find themselves surprised when they discover that their weird Aunt Dahlia has come unannounced to babysit them. Aunt Dahlia for some odd reason has an obsession of feeding the kids prunes, but they don’t mind since they love eating them. The next morning when they awake, they find themselves feeling tired and worn-out and noticed that their hair is turning grey and falling off. They eventually turn into seniors and must now find a way to be young again, while avoiding their suspicious aunt and her two flirty friends.MV5BMTA4OWY4MjgtNDExNS00NjVjLWFmOGEtODk5OWNmMWJhOTZmL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzIxNDY5NTA@._V1_Just like the last episode I reviewed, this is another one of those episodes where the humor and thrills are balanced just as well. The jokes and reactions of the kids getting old are funny, but still keep to the intensity of what they are experiencing. The Aunt’s presence is threatening, but she still maintains a fun villainous personality that’s as entertaining as watching someone like Tim Curry play it up as a villain. Even her motivation of turning the kids old, is funny but yet disturbing. The finale to this episode also goes a bit bio-polar by on us with its comedy and horror for having a climax that’s silly but pretty graphic for a “Goosebumps” episode, to having an ending that leaves you in suspense (like the majority of episode’s on the show) but also has you giggling a bit.Thebarkingghost_3

THE BARKING GHOST

Cooper moves into a new house and hears some strange barking noises coming from the woods. The barking is of course coming from dogs in the woods, but they appear to be ghosts that are after Cooper and his new friend Fergie. Oh and for some odd reason there are pirates in the beginning of the episode who are being hunted by the same dog’s millenniums ago, and I’m just going to take a wild guess that they have some kind hand with the dogs that are attacking Cooper and Fergie.MV5BZGE3YmE3MzgtZmEyYS00YzA3LTlhODYtZDdjZThmNGYwNTdjXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_I’ve read somewhere that this story and “Go Eat Worms” are R.L. Stine’s least favorite story’s that he wrote. And while I can agree with “Go Eat Worms” being his worst story (and worst episode of the show by far), I actually don’t think that this one was that bad. It’s not one of his greatest, because the build-up to the reveal of the dogs was predictable, and the suspense regarding the build-up while not horrible and does in many respects almost feel like the build-up you get in a legit horror, still felt lacking. I’ll also admit that having the story involve pirates felt kind of weird. It leads to some fun comedy during the climax. But really the concept of having pirates as the victims felt pointless and unnecessary. Having two kids being attacked by the dogs would have been a better choice than this. But with those aside, I was still invested in what’s going on, and I do like how the first half is built on mystery, as the second half is built on both thrills and comedy that’s done as well as the last two episodes.Clipboard04

 

ONE DAY AT HORRORLAND

The Morris Family is lost in the middle of nowhere as they try to find a theme park that they’re planning to go to on their vacation. And after seeing fire balls being thrown at them, and a ghostly face of a monster vanishing, they see a sign for a horror themed amusement park called “Horrorland” and decide to go there instead, despite that they were almost killed by what they think was some kind of gimmick to advertise for the park. Upon arriving to this middle of the desert park, the place looks deserted, everything there is for free, and yet they still don’t find any of it a tad suspicious, at least not until they split-up as the kids go on rides operated by the creatures of Horrorland that go past the boundaries of being frightening, but rather hazardous where it may be their last. This episode in many ways amazes me. It amazes me how a two part episode like this can have such a strong and creative first act that’s at times legitimately scary, to having a second act that is absolutely terrible, with the exception of the climax.MV5BOTA3YjI3MjQtMmEwZS00NTQ3LTkwN2YtNDNkMjdkOTA2YjhkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_The first half of the episode is as perfect as a “Goosebumps” episode can get. The characters as cliche as they are, are not only better actors than most of the actors we get on the show, but they’re also very likable for how they interact with each other. You totally buy that they are a family, and that they’re legitimately creeped out by this park. It’s stupid that they don’t catch on to the park not being safe till later on, but then we wouldn’t have an episode. The creatures in the park who are called Horrors, like Slappy or the Mutant, are fun to watch for how colorful their personalities are, but still come off as creepy for how strange they act, and glare at the characters. The make-up designs for them are also one of the best imaginative designs that the show has to offer. And I love how each horror has their own distinctive personality and design to make them stand out. The rides we see them go on, are inventive but also thrilling at the same time, especially when the kids go on the “Coffin Cruise” that feels claustrophobic. Just by looking at the colorful and goth-like sets and props that give this desert horror theme park plenty of personality, you can tell that the people making this episode had a bigger budget compared to most episodes of the show. Sure some of the effects at times look cheesy like the fireball effect, and the talking head that a horror carries around, but they are in some ways still fun to look at.MV5BODdkNjQ2M2QtYjUxOS00MjRjLWI0MjktMjMwMDU2MzY0ZWZkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_Then we get to the second half of the episode, where the story decides to change from being a story about a horror theme park, to having our characters competing on a game show in front of a live monster audience, where it turns out that the monsters have their own cable network as well. This whole lay-out feels like that it could’ve easily been its own story. I mean how do you go from a family being trapped in a theme park with monsters, to a family being forced to play on a game show hosted by monsters in the same story? It’s pretty ridiculous if you ask me. I don’t want to watch a game show, I want to see the family go on more deadly rides, and visit different parts of the park as they try to find a way out.

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THE HAUNTED HOUSE GAME

 

Nadine and Johnathan enter an old abandon house to find a little girl’s missing cat, but instead find a board game with an illustration of the house that they’re in on the cover of it. They open up the box under curiosity only to find themselves teleported into the board game where they must play to get out of the game and survive. Along the way they come across two kids who have been trapped inside the game for years, and are seeking a way out too.228802As “Jumanji” like as this premise is, there’s not only tons of original elements for it to stand on its own, but they’re also very ingenious. I like how they’re literally on a board game as living pieces where the lay-out for the game acts very much like a regular board game, and that they simply can’t move from their space since there’s a force field in the way and can only move depending on what the dice tells them to move after they roll it. I also love that each space they stand on teleports them to a different world where they have to figure what the giant card tells them to do, as they are being chased by ghosts which makes each scenario they get into after landing on each space unpredictable. But as clever as the game functions are, a part of me dislikes that the episode completely ignores the board game element during the last 10 minutes, and decides to have them trapped in a fun house type of location that’s filled with puzzles that (just like the second half in “One Day At Horrorland”) could’ve been an idea for a stand-alone episode. But with that said, I don’t think it really killed the episode by any means since the concept is executed well since the kids getting to a model of the abandon house was being built up, and that half of the things that they get on their journey does pay-off when they enter as they try to solve the puzzles that the house throws at them. So I can’t say the idea was that unnecessary.

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THE PERFECT SCHOOL

For pranking his little brother so many times, Brian is sent to a summer school (that’s literally called “The Perfect School”) that’s guaranteed to make him a better person. After making a friend on the bus named CJ, he discovers that the school is treated more as a prison than it is as a typical boarding school. But to make things worse, he suspects something sinister about the staff, and wonders what makes the kids appear to be so perfect when they leave.ShawnGB9When this two part episode began I didn’t think it was going to be good after getting an opening tease scare that was so predictable that I didn’t feel the need for it to build-on it, even if it is relevant to the story. And when I saw the obvious nerd and the rebellious cool kid on the bus I was rolling my eyes thinking “oh great, here are more of the bland stereotypes on the show that are just getting old”. But once they get to the school, I was hooked. All the way from when we first enter the school, to the end I felt just as curious as Brian is to know what was happening for how intense the build-up is. The actors playing the people who work at the school (especially the actor playing the head master) are genuine jerks who barely come off as comical, or over dramatic. The kids who act perfect all of sudden give a subtle creepy vibe for how unnaturally nice and pleasant they behave. The school looking like one big prison is eerie. How we discover each and every clue keeps you wanting to know more of what’s going on. And the pay-off to all this mystery, even though it was one of my guesses when the episode was near its end, it was still executed quite effectively. But I will admit that once we get our pay-off and the episode gives one last twist, while it’s a good one, I do hate that it feels like it’s setting itself up for a third part instead of being an ending, like the endings to “A Night In Terror Tower” and “The Haunted Mask 2” for example. And it also didn’t help as much that it left me with a few questions that will never be answered.

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WEREWOLF SKIN

 

An aspiring photographer named Alex is staying with his Aunt and Uncle out in the country for vacation (and yet for some reason is going to school there, that’s never explained why) at a town called “Werewolf Creek” (that sounds nothing like “Fever Swamp” at all). While staying with them, his relatives only give him two important rules to follow which is to never go to the creepy looking house across the street where their crazy neighbors (who we never see) live. And to NEVER go into the woods after dark since there are werewolves lurking around in there, which Alex refuses to believe. During his stay he makes friends with a girl named Hannah (where they first meet in the woods, like how Cooper and Fergie met in “The Barking Ghost”) but notices that the people are acting strange when werewolves are brought up, including his new friend. Eventually Alex does come across some werewolves to find a shocking discovery.313_WerewolfSkinAfter watching a successful two part “Goosebumps” episode that had nice thrills, a great mystery, and acting that’s good enough to keep to the intensity of it; here we get another two part episode that lacks all of it. As I was watching this episode, I was so uninterested in its story feeling not scared by any of it, that I found myself pin-pointing every plot thread and gimmick that the episode does that’s already been done before! The relatives hiding something from our lead; the wolves located in a Swamp; the stupid and unneeded bullies; the fast-moving POV shots that feels like watching a less scary version of “Fever Swamp” and “Camp Nightmare” for how overused the effect is; and oooh man, it feels like that almost everything in terms of story and visuals are just being half-assed. They even make the twist of the best friend being a werewolf the whole time crystal clear before it even happens, since the clues and how she reacts to werewolves are far from subtle by any stretch of the imagination! The werewolves costume design and how the skin moves by itself are decent effects, but is lacking of thrills. The only thing I enjoyed when it came to story and visuals was what the werewolf skin is used for; and the reveal of who’s wearing the skin before we get the “twist” with Hannah (though I’m sure you can guess who the first few werewolves were before her).

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AWESOME ANTS

Dave meets an eccentric exterminator during an infestation of ants at the Ice cream parlor, and decides to study ants for a school project after witnessing the event. He orders an ant farm to help him with his studies, but he gets one the size of a cage that can trap any man or animal, as he’s given a large manual for him to read before using the ant farm. The kid ignores reading the book, and over-feeds the ants that causes them to get stronger and eventually grow gigantic.goosebumpss03e18-002In my review of the Season 2 episode “Go Eat Worms”, I talked about how using ants and spiders would be a much scarier premise then worms just crawling around doing practically nothing. And the story to this episode is exactly what that episode should have been like. The kid wants to study ants for a project that’s sparked by his curiosity from an event involving them, rather than the kid just being a total creep who obsesses over them for the wrong reasons. The reason for the ants attacking him feels more clear and fleshed out. And I love that there’s a reason for them to grow, instead of just having one large bug of its kind.x1080-4A1

BRIDE OF THE LIVING DUMMY

 

Low-life bum Jimmie O’James finds Slappy the dummy inside his case (who’s perfectly intact, despite that he was struck by lightning, and possessed Hayden Christiane to make sure he helps ruin the Star Wars film franchise, in the end of the last episode he appeared in) and foolishly reads the card that makes him come to life. Jimmie starts doing stage shows with Slappy, until Slappy sees a doll in the audience that he’s attracted too. He forces Jimmie to send him to the doll by giving him to the owner’s older sister Jillian who he has met earlier as a gift. Slappy begins to terrorize Jillian and her little sister Katie, but Katie for some reason is behaving strange towards the doll that Slappy wants to marry.MV5BYmJjNTY0MjEtYjc4Yi00ODhjLWI1MjItNjk4MTgxMzA1YmY5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_This is the third and final appearance of Slappy in the show and despite the ignored continuity from the previous episode (though I’m willing to bet that this trilogy doesn’t even want to follow continuity at all), and the odd motivation, he still carries all the qualities that we love about him. He has his creepy moments from when he’s coming after the characters, or frightening them when he’s pretending to be a lifeless dummy. But he has his comical moments as well thanks to his wisecracking personality that’s always fun to watch. The costume effect that was used for Slappy in the last episode he appeared in for the scenes when he’s walking around and fighting another dummy is completely gone where the effects team is using a regular dummy for all of his screen-time. I did find it a tad bit disappointing that they didn’t keep the costume effect since it made him look more animated despite how obvious it was when they switch between effects, but they do just a solid job with using a regular dummy as they did in his debut episode. I will admit however that when we get to the climax, you get a sense on a couple of small occasions that someone off-screen is moving the dummy around. And when he fights against somebody since they don’t have a guy in a costume to make the attack seem real, they use the slow-motion effect, which granted does work to the scenes advantage since it would look like that somebody is moving him around, but it still feels out of nowhere, and inconsistent since we see the other characters move in regular speed.Cg4kf157eaXCwe4GAJWJIyDsa0

STRAINED PEAS

Nicholas’ parents bring home his new baby sister Grace, but during his attempts to bond with her, he notices the baby to be acting strange. She can walk around, she’s intelligent enough to spell out words through her blocks, and she can talk. Nicholas suspects that Grace wants him out so that she can be the only one to get all the love and attention, and tries to tell his parents about her, but of course they don’t believe him.goosebumpss03e13-002We all know about the bratty siblings on the show and how some of them can be worse than the actual monsters themselves (like Tara from “The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom” for example), and since Stine loves giving us that stereotype so much, it seems fitting that he would do one about a baby. This is obviously not a new concept, but it should be at least scary or entertaining to see R.L. Stine have a baby be both the brat and the monster. And while I’m sure that Stine did a better job with the story when he wrote the book, this episode is hardly any of that.

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SAY CHEESE AND DIE…AGAIN

 

In this sequel to a mediocre “Goosebumps” episode at best, Greg writes a paper on his experience with the cursed camera, but his teacher fails him unless he can prove to him that the camera is real. Greg goes back to the building where he found the camera, but it turns out that it’s been demolished, and Spidey the creator of the camera is nowhere to be found. He eventually manages to find it, and just when he has the evidence, all the chaos that the camera has brought to his life is starting all over again.goosebumpss03e04For a sequel to an episode that’s deliberately trying to follow continuity this time (unlike the Slappy sequels) as if it was the second half of the episode just like “The Haunted Mask 2” for example, it does an inexcusable poor job at doing so. When the last episode that involved the camera ended, Spidey who was after Greg and Shari for finding the camera and threatening to silence them from ever telling anybody about it, only to be trapped inside it by our heroes, to eventually being set free when a duo of one-dimensional bullies steal the camera. I was expecting this second half to have Spidey chase after the kids again, as the kids would wonder what happened to the bullies that used to harass them. But nope, that entire cliffhanger ending is completely ignored here! For the love of god, could they at least have Spidey show-up in at least one scene and do something, as opposed to seeing him in the flashbacks. All throughout the episode Greg is paranoid wondering where Spidey is and if he’s going to come after him, and as you’re eagerly waiting for him to appear, it never happens, nor do we ever find out what happened him. They couldn’t even make up some excuse about him dying, or being arrested or something? It would at least make some kind of sense for his absence in a sequel that’s begging to have him back.MV5BMTgwNzM4MDMtZGQxYi00M2EwLWI2NjctM2JhYTNkYWI4NWM3XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyODQ1OTU2MDI@._V1_

TEACHER’S PET

 

Becca and her friend Benjy are on an overnight class-field to learn about how the food chain works at a nature center. But Becca suspects something strange going on in the woods when she sees a rabbit with a lizard’s face. Eventually she and Benjy discover an old abandon cabin in the woods, where someone appears to be experimenting animals by turning them into monstrous creatures. The episode’s story from what I read to my understanding doesn’t follow the book, but as always I’m reviewing it on its own merits, just like how I reviewed all the others.b8e46aee9d0f6c88ed51bc78f7d79b2d8ce16fa7It’s important to know that the episode is dedicated to the actress who played Becca, Michelle Risi, who sadly died of meningitis following its production at the age of 16, which is very sad and unfortunate. And truth be told, even if she didn’t die I’d still say she’s not bad of an actress. But while her acting isn’t bad, the character she portrays and the material she’s given to work with isn’t much. I know you expect that from the leading characters of the show, but there’s nothing really about her performance or her character’s personality that stands-out. And to be fair, it’s not just her alone, so is pretty much all the other characters. The best friend, the snobby bullies, her teacher, they’re all just so forgettable for how boring and cliched they are. The only character and performance that stands-out from the rest is the actor playing the instructor of the nature center, for how weird he acts which is way too obvious that he’s the one doing all the experiments. Surprisingly the actor they got to play him, is the same actor who played Spidey in the episode “Say Cheese And Die”, and rather than giving a loud and over dramatic performance like he did as Spidey where he loses all sense of scares and creep, here he comes off as a little more creepier for how quiet and monotone he is. It is a little too mellow-dramatic, but it still fits the character just fine.f9df6da24f8fcb352cfc6be7a171ba10The Season does have more good episodes that are imaginative, entertaining, and at times scary that I would actually find myself re-watching compared to half of the episodes from the Second Season, but it still has its share of strong weaknesses. It’s not just the same old problems that the previous seasons had, by having some cheesy effects, bad acting, and being too silly instead of scary, it’s mainly because the cliches are now getting old at this point. In pretty much half of the episodes, I knew where a story was going for how predictable the lay-out and formula was. Most of the characters I know I’ve seen before in the other two Seasons, just with a different name and monster to face. And the effects and camera work that looked impressive and scary in the first two Seasons are starting to look boring since we’re seeing the same old tricks used too many times. The episodes that I praised are still good and some of the show’s finest, and I especially admired when the show pulled off a 3 part mini-series that was completely original. But if you’re expecting plenty of changes to the shows formula, you’re not going to get much of that here and may find them to be tiring after sitting through two whole Seasons of it.

 

 

REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS – SEASON 2

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Melody Johnson (Jason X)
Ellen-Ray Hennessy (The Glow)
Melissa Bathory (The Magic School Bus)
Maurice Godin (House)
Adam West (Batman 60s)
Scott Wickware (Traitor)
Tabitha Lupien (Hairspray)
Kristin Fairlie (Total Drama)
Charlotte Sullivan (Mary Kills People)
Martin Roach (Cube Zero)
Peter Keleghan (Ginger Snaps)
Davie Hemblen (Earth: Final Conflict)
Jordan Prentice (Mirror Mirror)
Erica Luttrell (Reign of The Supermen)
Kathryn Long (Wind at My Back)
Colin Fox (Daylight)
Amos Crawley (Billy Madison)
Brenda Bazinet (Catwalk)
Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl)
Michael Copeman (Highlander: The Raven)
Kris Lemche (Ginger Snaps)
Kyle Labine (Freddy vs Jason)
Sarah Podemski (Tin Star)
Corinne Conley (That Girl)
Joy Tanner (Prom Night IV)
Lori Alter (Senior Trip)
Meredith Henderson (Jumper)
Earl Pastko (Land of The Dead)
Helen Hughes (Billy Madison)
Amy Stewart (Ice Princess)
A.J. Cook (Tru Calling)
Hayden Christensen (Shattered Glass)
Annick Obonsawin (Warehouse 13)
Eugene Lipinski (Superman II)

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Meet Samantha Byrd, a girl who gets constantly bullied by her worst enemy Judith and is a misfit in school. One day, she helps a stranger named Clarissa and as a reward for her kindness, Clarissa decides to give her three wishes. As if you don’t know what the rest of the plot is, she makes wishes and there are consequences to each wish. Ok, it’s the same old, predictable plot, but to be fair it does make the moral truly stand out, as well as being careful on who you meet and help.

As far as the episode goes despite having typical cliche characters and predictable storyline, it still has a few good twists to keep us interested, the wishes that our character makes are both funny and dark at the same time while making the story’s theme stand out and of course and again the real reason that makes the episode so great is the character Clarissa. Cliched story, but nowhere near bad.MV5BNzA0ODA1MDgtOGZjNy00MDJjLWEzZDQtZGE0OWYwOWEyN2E1XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk3MjU5NjA@._V1_

ATTACK OF THE MUTANT

Skipper is a boy who obsesses over comic books, especially the comic book series starring his favorite super villain, The Masked Mutant. One day, Skipper misses his Bus Stop and finds himself in front of the headquarters of The Masked Mutant. Throughout the episode, Skipper keeps going back to the headquarters and finds many new twists and turns where he finally learns that his comic book might be real.

The episode is great. The villain’s cool, Adam West is a lot of fun, the characters are enjoyable, it has a swell comic book look and it has plenty of twists and turns for many of us to enjoy.

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BAD HARE DAY

A young boy named Tim, dreams of becoming a magician and idolizes over his favorite magician Amazo. After seeing him perform live, he discovers that Amazo is a real jerk and decides to steal his magic kit. However, Tim accidentally makes his little sister disappear and he finds a talking rabbit who was once a human and a great magician. Tim must now bring back his Sister and stop Amazo by turning the rabbit back into the great magician he once was.

 

The episode is not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Yeah, I’ll admit, I guess looking back at it, it was predictable, but I don’t know, I’ve seen it two times and I was still amazed by the plot twist and dark ending, as well as being hooked while watching it. I also love the use of Magic tricks in this episode because it really gives the episode its magical look and feel. Again, the only downer in this episode for me are most of the characters, but with all honesty, they’re not that bad. Overall, it was a fair and decent episode and was indeed magical and a lot of fun.hqdefault

THE HEADLESS GHOST

Duane and Stephanie constantly visit an old Haunted House by the Sea that’s currently a tourist attraction, however, Stephanie likes to constantly scare people in there as well as disrespect the spirits that live there. A boy named Seth tells them that the real ghosts come after closing and an interested Stephanie and a reluctant Duane decide to go on this rare private tour which may be their last. First off, I really, really admire the set up, it’s just as creative as “A Night In Terror Tower”. Instead of having one ghost that haunts the house, we actually get a few and each of them have an interesting death. On top of it, we get plenty of interesting and creepy visuals and twists along the tour.

There’s plenty more things for me to talk about like the ghosts, the twists, some of the visuals, but then I’d be ruining the episode for you. Believe me, the less you know, the more thrilling and interesting this episode becomes. There’s so much going on in this episode that I’m surprised that they achieved it all in only less than a half hour.

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GO EAT WORMS

Ok with a title like that, chances are we’re in for something really gross and stupid and that’s what this episode actually is! Todd is a boy who’s completely obsessed with worms! He loves them, he experiments with them, he uses them to prank his annoying little sister, he owns a bunch of them and his room is full of pictures of them. This kid is actually scaring me and grossing me out. However, I guess from the cruelty of how he treats worms and experiments with them, the worms come after him…I’m scared…no wait…I’m grossed out!

This episode was gross, dumb and not scary! This episode is probably the dumbest and worst episode I’ve probably ever seen from this show! I honestly don’t know how any bad episode is going to top this one!

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YOU CAN’T SCARE ME

Two kids named Hat and Eddie are trying to prank a pitch perfect girl named Courtney who is very smart, very nice and not afraid of anything. Hearing about a monster called the Mud Monsters, the two boys decide to prank her by tricking her that the Mud Monster is real. However, the plan backfires since the Mud Monster is in fact real and begins to chase after the two boys.

This episode could have been a concept where it’s so stupid and cheesy that it’s fun to watch (Like “It Came From Beneath The Sink” for example), but to be honest it’s actually stupidly annoying. The two main characters are bland recycled characters, the girl is so annoyingly perfect that she feels like she’s insulting the viewer whenever we see her, the Monster is so lame that it’s not even funny, and the story itself is stupid. Maybe it was the episodes intention to be stupid, maybe the character Courtney was intended to be annoyingly unlikable to the viewer, maybe the monster was supposed to be a dumb idea from the start, but I’m sorry when you have no pay off of something bad happening to your annoying character, lame humor, and on top of it, an out of place scene that’s supposed to scare and scar kids from the very start, it doesn’t work and feels like a mess.

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REVENGE OF THE LAWN GNOMES

Joe’s Dad has bought two Lawn Gnomes for his garden to win a best garden contest against the nasty next door neighbor Major McCall. However, the Gnomes are alive and are destroying McCall’s garden and framing it on Joe. Joe tries to convince everyone that the Gnomes did it, but no one believes him. Alright, seriously, this is a rehash of “Night Of The Living Dummy 2”! The look and style is similar, and it follows the same exact formula.

 

The idea is silly (I mean, come on, try saying the title out loud without laughing) and it is mostly a rehash of the “Night Of The Living Dummy 2” plot only this time with Gnomes, but it was at least a decent episode especially when comparing it to the last two episodes that I just reviewed. The characters while not interesting, they’re still fine; the Gnomes are cool and fun villains; and the nasty next door neighbor is a delight to watch. Not the greatest episode, but I did enjoy it.x1080-xMi

GHOST BEACH

Terri and Jerry Saddler are staying with their distant cousins on a beach during their vacation. The kids also meet two other kids named Sam and Louisa, who also have the same last name as them. During their stay, they find out that the beach is haunted by a ghost and that the ghost lives in a cave. While their new friends and cousins tell them to stay away from the cave, the kids decide to go anyway to find some shocking and horrifying facts.

It’s an episode that goes by so quickly that you ask yourself with a confused and fuzzy memory “What was I watching”. It’s an awful episode, but not as awful as the episode with the worms.MV5BMDkwNjg2ZWItOWZmNi00NzM3LWJiYWItODFmMjk1Y2E2MTMyXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_

ATTACK OF THE JACK-O’-LANTERNS

It’s Halloween and Drew and Walker are getting ready to go Trick-Or-Treating, however, the two are being pranked by two kids from the Neighborhood named Tabitha and Lee. But two friends of Drew named Shane and Shana, who once lived in the neighborhood have a plan for the two bullies. Drew and Walker go Trick-Or-Treating with the bullies and the group meet two giant creatures with Jack-O-Lanterns for heads. At first, the kids think it’s the two kids pulling a prank, but then they come to realize that they are real monsters with magical powers.

Much like what “The Haunted Mask” did, the episode truly captures its Halloween atmosphere pretty well. The Jack-A-lanterns are pretty creepy and cool looking and their personalities while over the top, is still a bit freaky. I also love how at first you think (Like all the characters) that these monsters are just Shane and Shana pulling a prank on the two bullies. However, once the characters find out they’re real, you begin to believe that they’re not only real, but probably have killed the two kids since there’s been a history of disappearances of people missing. Yeah, the idea of making the kids Trick-Or-Treat forever does sound silly, but personally I think it was done well here. The special effects are good, but cheesy at the same time and even if half of the effects do look cheesy, there’s still a creative and Halloween charm to the cheesiness of these effects. There’s also a dream sequence of the kids being trapped in a stranger’s house and while being something you can cut out from the episode, it’s still pretty unsettling. The episode also has a really good plot twist, but with that said, it feels a little too similar to how the twist in “Welcome To Camp Nightmare” was executed. The episode’s a mixed bag of things I love and hate about it and with the negatives aside, I still find it enough to be enjoyably creepy, creative, fun and entertaining.4508924_l3

THE HAUNTED MASK 2

Taking place a year after the events from “The Haunted Mask”; the spirit of Halloween has brought back the evil Mask that Carly Beth wore, and now seeks her to be part of her face forever. However, the Mask needs help. It leads one of the kids who bullied Carly Beth to the abandon party store, where Carly Beth got the Mask, and now Steve finds an old man Mask, that he plans to wear to scare people to make his last Halloween become his most memorable one. However, the old man Mask takes over Steve’s face, and now the Mask that Carly Beth wore has Steve under his control, and will only free him from his old man Mask, if he helps it get revenge on Carly Beth. If you read my “Top 8 Favorite Goosebumps Episodes From Season 1”, you probably already know that I saw this episode before I ever saw the first Haunted Mask episode. Now that I’ve finally seen both episodes, is this episode just as good and faithful to the first classic episode?

The Make-Up they use for the old man Mask, is twice as creepy and nightmarish, as the original Mask. It looks scary, disgusting, and hideous; you have Spider’s crawling on the Mask’s face; you see the kid’s hands actually change into old prune hands; and the Old man voice is done so great, that it definitely tops the scary voice that Mask uses when the Mask controls Carly Beth in the first one. The original Mask from the first one looks just as scary as it did in the first episode. The effect for the Mask floating has upgraded a bit (Until the climax that is, that was cheaper than the effects in the first episode); when taking over a body, instead of having human eye’s, it has wide dark lifeless eyes like a Mask without a person wearing it (Odd, but still scary); almost every moment with the original Mask is twice as scary as the first episode; and on top of it, it talks in a voice so dark and sinister that it makes me wonder, why the Mask would want to take over Carly Beth. I mean, does the Mask really want to talk in that childish voice again; he has a body that’s bigger, darker, and gives him a more sinister voice than the body that a Pre-teen girl can bring? With joking aside, the Haunted Masks revenge is still a good enough plot for a kids show. The episode also surprisingly carries the same look, feel, and atmosphere as the first episode, and it does indeed bring back the nostalgia from the first episode.

This is actually a sequel that’s just as great as the first one, and is pulled off so well, that it feels like the second act to the first episode, and to me, that’s important to any good sequel!kevinz_1304626408

LET’S GET INVISIBLE

Max, his little brother Noah, and his friends find a mirror hidden in the attic, with a light that can make them invisible. The kids start playing with it until weird side effects begin to happen the more time they become invisible and to make matters worse the kids discover another world behind the mirror, where their reflections are waiting to take their place in the real world. Ok, I get what R.L. Stine is trying to do with this concept, and maybe this story translated a lot better in his book, but in a less than a 30 minute episode, it makes little sense. There’s a history with this mirror, but it’s never explored or talked about. It can make you invisible, but you’re taken into another dimension if you’re invisible for too long? I feel like R.L. Stine took two separate stories, one being about a light that makes you invisible; and the other one being about a mysterious mirror that leads you to another dimension; and combined both stories and ideas into one. Maybe it’s explained better in the book, but how it’s translated here, it feels like a mess.

The only good thing this episode offers are the creative special effects, and some cool ideas, but as a whole it feels like one big mess, starring bland characters that we can care less about.

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THE SCARECROW WALKS AT MIDNIGHT

Jodie and Mark are spending their summer vacation in the country on their Grandparents farm, however, their Grandparents have been acting strange whenever one of their farm workers named Stanley is around. The farm is also haunted by living Scarecrows that only walk at Midnight. Does Stanley have something to do with the walking Scarecrows; well isn’t it obvious? Let me just say that the explanation to why the Scarecrows walk makes very little sense at all.

The Scarecrows, while having cool and scary designs, and having great build up to them, they don’t do anything. All they do is scare, chase, and that’s it. They don’t do anything productive or villainous at all except look scary. They don’t even have any personality at all. So yeah, they’re scary looking, but outside of that, they’re nothing special. By the way, in the ending when The Harvester comes to life and starts coming after our characters. I thought it was a cool and scary concept, until I clearly saw the silhouette of the person driving it in more than one shot. What a great way to ruin your scary ending! The episode started out good, but once we got to the climax that’s when things started getting bad. It’s not an awful or bad episode, since it does deliver a few scares with those scary looking scarecrows, as well as being entertaining, but as a whole, it’s still weak.

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MONSTER BLOOD/MORE MONSTER BLOOD

A kid named Evan stays at his weird Aunt’s house, while his parents go house hunting in Georgia. However, he is told by his Aunt to not go into a room that she never locks, even after when catching him in the room. He and a neighborhood girl named Andy, sneak into this horrifying old room, to find a jar of green ooze called Monster Blood, which they curiously take out of the jar, and start playing with it as if it was Flubber. However, the Ooze continues to grow and grow, and eat everything in its path, even when making the slightest contact with a human that for some reason doesn’t consume Evan, when he becomes covered in it after foolishly sitting on the ledge of the Bathtub, with this dangerous substance in it. Evan manages to get rid of it, but in the second part of the episode, some of the blood somehow gets into his suitcase, and starts eating people on the plane one by one.

OK, before I go further into the review, let me address that “Monster Blood” is really popular in the “Goosebumps” franchise. It has it’s own series of books; it crosses-over in many other “Goosebumps” books; and that green ooze dripping to create the “Goosebumps” logo, is actually the “Monster Blood”. The second part “More Monster Blood” isn’t even based off a book, it was created for the show. While, I never read any of the “Monster Blood” stories, except for using it in the choose your own adventure book (Which I love reading) “Escape From The Carnival Of Horrors”, I am really displeased on what a letdown that this episode was.

Moremonsterblood_3This two part episode was terrible! I’ll admit, some of the characters and performances are decent, some of the effects are ok, and the second part had such a great set-up that I wish that it was a stand-alone episode. However, the episode suffers from some bland and idiotic characters, poor CGI effects, and lame and confusing writing. As bad as it is, it was at least entertainingly fun.

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VAMPIRE BREATH

Freddy and Cara are left home alone by their parents, and the two find a secret door. Inside the secret door, they find a Coffin, and a bottle of Vampire Breath, which they foolishly open, waking up a Vampire named Count Nightwing, who chases after the kids to consume the rest of the bottle. However, the kids find a hidden room, within the hidden room, that leads to a room full of Coffins, as a Vampire slave girl named Gwendolyn tries to help the kids.

There’s really not much else for me to say or comment on, except that it’s a lame episode that’s badly acted and filled with so many plot holes that it hurts my head just thinking about them. If there was only one good thing that the episode did ok with, the sets are nice, but it doesn’t save anything.

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HOW TO KILL A MONSTER

Gretchan and Clark are two kids who have now become Brother and Sister, after their parents married each other. While their parents are on their Honeymoon, the kids stay with Gretchan’s Grandparents who live in a swamp. During their visit, the Grandparents are hiding something in a room that the kids are not allowed to go in (Seen it before), however, the kids eventually go into the room, and discover that the Grandparents are hiding a monster in that room. The kids are left alone, and are locked inside the house (With locks inside the house as opposed to outside of the house. How did the Grandparents leave, or why did the kids not break the locks to get out of the house?) as the monster chases after them. Aside from the flaw I just mentioned, and a cliche that we’ve seen before; I really love the episode’s set-up!

The episode has a good set-up; decent effects and atmosphere; good chemistry between our two leads; and fun supporting characters. However, the ending freaking killed it, and that was a huge downer. It’s better than the episodes after “The Haunted Mask 2”, but the ending ruined it!

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CALLING ALL CREEPS

Ricky is your typical nerdy loser, who constantly gets picked on and bullied, especially from a popular girl named Tasha. Ricky tries to get back at her by writing in the school paper for creeps to contact her, but his plan backfires when Tasha discovers his plan, and has the creeps call him instead. A trio of kids who used to bully Ricky, turn out to be a race of monsters called Creeps, who think Ricky is their commander who has a plan to turn everybody in the world into “Creeps”, starting with the kids at their school.

This episode is showing signs of the series getting better with its acting and dark ending, but it’s still a bit of a letdown with its confusing storyline and cheesy monster effects.

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WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE

Amanda and Josh move into an old house in a dark town called “Darkfalls”, and strange things begin to happen ever since their Mother puts up an old family heirloom that’s supposed to be a good luck charm. The people who live in the town act very strange; their pet dog is acting weird; and Amanda sees dead people inside the house. Lately, we’ve been getting plenty of mediocre episodes from this show, but boy, things are really starting to bounce right back up again! First of all, I really love the episode’s premise. Instead of having a typical Haunted House story, you get a dark and creepy town to go with it, and on top of it, you get zombies coming after our main characters. It’s a really dark and creative set up. For those who are expecting this story to follow the book, like many “Goosebumps” episodes, it doesn’t; but it’s still a great episode.

 

The look and feel of the episode, is really dark and eerie! I mean seeing these dark and shadowy shots, mixed with the eerie music and sound effects creates a really unsettling atmosphere for this episode. Of course, the best sequence in the whole episode, goes to the climax when our characters are being chased by the zombies, from a cemetery to the old house where they live in! It’s really a cool and thrilling sequence! The episodes final scare, is not only scary, but makes you wonder what happens next. So as you may have guessed, I enjoy this episode a lot. I guess the only few flaws that I found in it that even I questioned as a kid is, why did a dead girl warn Amanda to leave the house, despite the fact that she needs her blood to stay alive? It’s a scary scene, don’t get me wrong, but her telling Amanda to leave, to later coming after her, makes no sense! I also would have liked to see the cursed heirloom explored a bit more, than what we were given. On top of it, the twist of the town residents being zombies, and even the ones who we’re supposed to be surprised that they are zombies, was really predictable and kind of obvious. Even when I was a kid, watching this episode for the first time, I’ve seen, or felt that twist coming! However, despite these flaws, I still really think it’s a great episode, and personally, those flaws don’t bother me as much as you think! This episode has indeed redeemed this Season from many of the mediocre episodes that I’ve reviewed after “The Haunted Mask 2” for its unsettling atmosphere; creative and dark premise; and excellent acting!

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DON’T WAKE MUMMY

Jeff constantly gets picked on, and pranked by his older sister Kim, for being a scare-able wimp. One day, their Father who’s away in Egypt (Or in a room with a tent and an obvious painted backdrop of Pyramids that not only won’t fool a kid into thinking he’s in Egypt; but makes you wonder where the budget for this show went) sends a Mummy to their house inside a sarcophagus and a jar containing its heart. Kim and his friend open the sarcophagus, which awakens the Mummy inside it. I hate to say this, but now the Season’s moving backwards again!

While this episode will most likely scare little kids, then kids around 7 and up, it’s an ok episode. It’s not one of the better ones due to having some bland acting and some really cheesy effects; but it does have a few good things going for it.

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THE BLOB THAT ATE EVERYONE

If you’re thinking that this is a “Goosebumps” episode that rips-off or homages “The Blob”, well, you don’t get a cheap “Blob” copy until the climax. Yeah, I’m dead serious, the blob, isn’t the episodes focus! Instead, its about a young aspiring writer named Zack, who trespasses into a store that was hit by lightning and finds a typewriter that has electrocuted him. Despite having a computer at home (Even though, I do get the idea that he wanted to use something old fashioned), and instead of avoiding a typewriter that has electrocuted him; he still wants it. Just as he steals it; a creepy store owner who comes out of the shadows, tells him he can have it, as opposed to wanting it back, and we never ever see or hear from her ever again! Zack starts writing stuff on the typewriter, and all of his writing comes true. How does a man eating blob fit the story; he’s trying to write a story about one, but we don’t see it until the climax.

The episode is really a downer. The characters stink; the scary magical typewriter is not creative or scary; the blob monster looks so horrible and ugly, and does so little in the story, that it was best to not include it in the episode at all; and the ending was a complete downer.0478ce22590c92efcabc644c39201867

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY 3

Trina and Daniel’s wimpy cousin who has a fear of dummies named Zane, comes to visit them for a few days. Their Dad, who is a dummy collector, receives a new dummy named Slappy (And for some reason, only a piece of his face is missing, then his entire face that was busted up in the last episode with Slappy) who is back to causing mischief and coming after our main characters, once our characters read the card that brings him to life. This episode is a two part episode, when the previous one with Slappy was a one parter, and it does indeed work as a two part episode, because of how each part works as a first and second act. The first part is off-screen mischief that we assume that Slappy is causing, when in a twist its Zane (Sorry to give away the twist, but I had to give it away, because it leads to an important criticism in my review); and the second part is Slappy chasing our main characters as they are home alone in the middle of a dark and stormy night. Those are really good set-ups for both acts.

 

While not being as good as I remembered it, it’s still one of the better episodes from this Season. Slappy despite not being as scary as he used to be, he’s still fun; the acting is good; it does have some decent scares; and the effects are good, despite how obvious of who the puppet is, and the actor is.

Rocky_(Night_of_the_Living_Dummy_III)The Season started out great, but once we got to the worms episode that’s when things go down hill. The ideas, scares, and effects for most of the episodes seem good or creative, but for the majority, we get bland and cliche characters and people who can’t act; ideas and stories that seem like a mess of different ideas that are executed poorly or are just dumb to begin with; really cheesy and silly monsters and special effects; pacing that feels rushed to the point where we wonder what we were just watching; and endings that nearly kill the whole episode. While close to getting a 2/5 for entertainment value, there are indeed some really great episodes that really do hit bulls-eyes. There’s not too many of them, but they’re still great by being fun; having cool visuals and effects (In TV standards); some decent acting and likable characters; some scary villains and monsters; a heavy atmosphere; and a creative and scary premise. While this Season is mostly an entertaining mess, it still has enough great and decent episodes to balance itself out with the bad ones.

REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS – SEASON 1

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Kathryn Long (Wind at My Back)
Colin Fox (Daylight)
Brenda Bazinet (Catwalk)
Cody Jones (The Santa Clause)
George Kinamis (Tommy Boy)
Amos Crawley (Billy Madison)
Anne Marie DeLuise (Stargate SG.1)
Eugene Lipinski (Superman II)
Kaj-Erik Eriksen (The 4400)
Michèle Duquet (3 Men and a Baby)
Boyd Banks (Jason X)
Barclay Hope (Final Destination 5)
Géza Kovács (Scanners)
Erica Luttrell (Reign of The Supermen)
Daniel DeSanto (Mean Girls)
Annick Obonsawin (Charlie Bartlett)
Maggie Castle (The time Traveler’s Wife)
Caterina Scorsone (Alice)
Gina Clayton (Odyssey 5)
Shadia Simmons (Life With Derek)
Suzanne Cyr (Extracurricular)
Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps)
Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March)
Scott Speedman (Underworld)
Corey Sevier (Immortals)
Brendan Fletcher (Arrow)
Maria Ricossa (The In-Laws)
Don Francks (My Bloody Valentine)

mmpr-4R.L. Stine, The Stephen King of horror stories for kids once had a TV show based on his classic “Goosebumps” books back in the 90s. If you were a kid who grew up in that era, then you might remember this show. The show is like the classic “Nickelodeon” show “Are you Afraid of the Dark?” having scary episodes with a good story but uses unknown child actors, cheap special effects, and usually having scary endings as opposed to happy endings. Season Episodes are as follows….HauntedMask-630x420

THE HAUNTED MASK

The Pilot Episode is about a girl named Carly Beth who gets scared very easily, and has been picked on by two boys at school named Steve and Chuck for most of her life, and is now seeking for revenge. She goes to a party store owned by a creepy man, and finds the world’s scariest mask. She uses the Mask to scare people and get revenge on Steve and Chuck, but little does she know that the mask will now become a part of her for all eternity.Goosebumps_HauntedMask1_Review_6The kids act like regular people instead of being over the top which gives the episode a little realism to it, but there were two performances that stole the show. The girl who played Carly Beth really had me moved by all the terrible things that happen to her throughout the entire episode. She makes you feel so bad for her character is going through that you just want to hug her. When she finds that the mask is stuck to her skin, I totally got the impression that really is. Even her last scene of the episode brings a smile to my face. My only criticism for her performance is the creepy voice she uses when she’s wearing the Mask, it gets annoying after a while but I can see that the actress is trying hard to make it sound creature-like. The second performance I enjoyed is the actor who plays the shop owner. He gives me the creeps when I see him in the beginning of the episode. The actor kind of reminds me of Bela Lugosi in a way. He just does an overall solid job of creepy, mysterious and being sensitive. What I really think is his best scene is when he tells Carly Beth about the secrets of the masks he’s created.Goosebumps_HauntedMask1Part2_Recap_2As far the episode goes it’s a good start for the series. The make up design for the mask is scary and realistic; the cinematography is thrilling especially in the scenes when we see through the eyes of the mask; and the story is good and has a great moral. With that said there were parts of the episode that didn’t make any sense like the Statue head of Carly Beth for example. Why is that creepy statue head alive when her mother made it in art class, it makes no sense at all and is never explained why, we the audience just have to accept the fact that it’s alive with no explanation what so ever. The special effects also are kind of cheesy like the when the masks are floating and when the creepy statue head is alive, but I’d be lying if I said “They weren’t scary”. This episode does a great job of being scary and emotional and is a great start to the series!cropped_Cookooclock_03_the_clock

 

THE CUCKOO CLOCK OF DOOM

A 12 year old boy named Michael who has been picked on by his little sister Tara has the idea to frame her for wrecking his father’s magic Cuckoo Clock by twisting the cuckoo head from forward to backwards. Unfortunately, his plan backfires, and Michael now finds himself going backwards in time, where if he doesn’t switch the Cuckoos head to forward, he will be lost in time forever. The kid actors do a good job with their portrayal of their characters, especially the girl who plays Tara. She’s such a brat that I want to spank her for all the horrible pranks she does to her older brother, while making herself look sweet and innocent to her parents. The kid who plays 12 year old Michael is very convincing, especially when you hear his thoughts in his find about him traveling back. Sadly the kid who played the younger Michael didn’t convince me, but I will admit this, I did love his “Home Alone” face and scream when he finds out he’s six years old. The adult actors also do an ok job.GB_103_CuckooClockThe story is good, but can get kind of confusing at points. The scenery for the kid running away from the cuckoo clock in the dark hall is strange and creepy; the design of the Cuckoo Clock is nice and gives the episode it’s thrilling touch; and the camera angles and use of slow motion raises my suspense level higher and higher. This episode is like an episode for “The Twilight Zone”, having a good story and keeping you on the edge of your seat.0000000003

THE GIRL WHO CRIED MONSTER

Lucy is a girl who’s obsessed with Monster stories and enjoys scaring her little brother, until she one day finds out a dark secret in the library that she goes too. She discovers the librarian Mr. Mortman is a monster and nobody believes her. The characters and the acting in this episode are pretty boring and don’t have too much development. The actress who plays Lucy is fair but for some reason is still as boring as the rest of the characters. However, the actor who plays Mr. Mortman gave one of the best creepiest performances in this whole season. Every scene he’s in you feel uncomfortable, like you don’t know what he’s thinking but you can tell it means death to Lucy. The scenes when he’s alone are his best scenes as you see him eat bugs and expose the monster he truly is. It really makes my heart beat fast, plus Lucy is spying on him and you don’t know when he’s going to turn around and spot her. The whole library chase scene is the most frightening scene in the whole episode because you’re in the dark, you got book shelves at every corner (like a maze) and you hear his eerie voice calling out Lucy’s name.tumblr_inline_nxh03yyXmI1t29esf_640Even though most of the character are boring, badly acted or feel like you can run the whole episode without a few of them, it still has a nice story, as well as having one of the best plot twists in the “Goosebumps” series that makes the episode worth while. The make-up they use on Mr. Mortman as a monster is scary, along with the performance. And the camera shots are nice, especially when they censor a scene that looks extremely violent for kids.x1080-WEu

WELCOME TO CAMP NIGHTMARE

A boy named Billy is going to a camp called “Camp Nightmoon”for the summer. However, the camp is not what it appears to be. The camp is runned by a crazy man named Uncle Al; the head camp counselor is a bully named Larry; the campers are regular kids who either die or disappear; there’s a strong policy of keeping the boys separated from the girls (Just like the Hell Hole Camp that I’ve been too); there’s a bunker that’s forbidden; and on top of it, a monster named Sabre lurks around the woods to only feed on innocent campers. With a set up of like that you know this episode has to be good and believe me it is good. The episode just keeps getting more intense by the minute, there’s so many horrible things going on in that camp, that you might want to call it “Camp Hell”, Nightmare just sounds way to light. You don’t know what’s going to happen; you’re not sure if Uncle Al is with or against the campers; you don’t know for sure if the campers will live or not; and you keep guessing and guessing until the end adding up to a very clever plot twist.Ca59188be6e5383d25511b3f462d22cb52eb8ee9The acting is decent. Most of the kid actors are good but at times they can act cheesy or over the top in scenes when they’re scared or in trouble. The kid who plays the main character is a good actor where his acting matches his character. When he’s in trouble you feel his pain; when he’s scared you’re worried about him; and when he’s trying to help his fellow campers you solute him. The character is also probably one of the best “Goosebumps” heroes I ever saw because he takes risks and does what is best for his friends. When he’s in a bad situation he thinks quick, and does what he can to save his friends.2112-6-1-0-3543296908-xlarge-608x342

THE PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM

A girl named Brooke got the lead female in a play called “The Phantom”, and her prankster friend Zeke also got a lead role as the Phantom. However, the play they’re about to perform is actually a cursed play. Zeke has been pullin a few pranks to scare his friend, but there have been other things going on. There’s a new kid who just moved to the school; a creepy night janitor; a trap door that leads to a mysterious part of the Auditorium; and a few messages from the phantom himself. As good as the plot sounds and also being one of the many spins to the classic story “The Phantom Of The Opera”, it’s unfortunately one of the weakest episodes made this season.MV5BZTU1Y2I4NzEtMDYxYy00N2E5LTlkZDAtMWY0ZDA3NThmN2I4XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_

PIANO LESSONS CAN BE MURDER

Jerry is an only child who lives in his own little pretend world. He and his family move into an old house, and Jerry finds an old piano that plays by itself, and discovers that there’s a ghost haunting his new home. He eventually begins to take piano lessons at a high tech security school owned by a weird old teacher and a suspicious looking Janitor who uses robots to clean up for him. This is another weak episode made in this season. I actually find our main character more freighting than the other creepy characters. In every scene you see him in, he’s talking to himself and acting like his imagination is real. If it was a young kid it can work, however, if it’s an older kid, that just makes things weird. The actor who plays him even gives a poor performance. He can’t even make him likable or sound like he’s in trouble.Return_of_the_Mummy_-_Daniel_DeSanto_1

RETURN OF THE MUMMY

A kid name Gabe visits his Uncle Ben and bratty cousin Sari in Egypt where the three of them embark on an adventure in search for a mummy’s tomb in an old pyramid. Gabe carry’s with him a Mummy hand (That he bought at the airport) that can communicate with the dead, and a necklace (A gift from his Uncle) with a pendant made of amber with a scarab inside it. A reporter wishes to join them on their quest in the pyramid, but before they find the tomb, they find out it’s cursed. This episode has a really good set up. It takes place in a frail old cursed tomb that’s a maze of rooms, halls and secret passage ways full of Spiders and Snakes; two items that the character Gabe carry’s later on play an important role in the story; and there’s a Mummy that chases after the characters. The set designs for the tomb are creepy looking; the special effects are decent especially for the Mummy hand that moves; and I love the eerie noises and music for whenever Gabe is alone inside the tomb.IMG_6564

 

THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY 2

 

A girl named Amy gets a new Dummy named Slappy to replace her old broken dummy Dennis. However, the dummy is alive and causes mischief to get Amy in trouble. Amy tries to tell her friends and family that the dummy is doing all this but no one believes her. This is the first episode where we first meet the famous “Goosebumps” character Slappy the living dummy. This monster is the Chucky for young kids. He frames Amy by destroying stuff; he talks rudely to people, while Amy’s holding him (Making it look like Amy is saying those mean words); and makes her look crazy, which her parents might consider of sending her away. Ok, so he’s not a murderer, but remember, there are so many evil things you could do to someone without hurting them, and this episode defiantly proves that. Just because he doesn’t kill or hurt anyone that doesn’t mean he hasn’t tried. He tries to pull a little girls finger off; nearly kills Amy’s dad with a guitar; and chases after our main character probably thinking of killing her. He even tells Amy he can hurt her family in a 100 ways, which not only sounds threatening, but looking at the scenes when he’s sneaky around and framing Amy; it proves that he can hurt Amy’s family if he felt like it. This is one villain you don’t want to mess with. Overall, it’s a really suspenseful episode and a great introduction to this famous “Goosebumps” villain!Image5

STAY OUT OF THE BASEMENT

Casey and Margret’s Dad has been acting very strange lately. Ever since he lost his job, he spends night and day working in his basement to create a new kind of plant. However, Margret notices her Dad’s odd behavior and wonders why he is acting so strange. She knows that the answer to her questions can be found in the basement. This has to be one of the creepiest episodes in the “Goosebumps” series! The acting’s is not Emmy worthy but it’s good enough for a kids show, and is mostly top notch given the show’s standards. The kids they got to play the roles of Casey and Margret are one of the better child actors that the show has to offer (even if they are bit stilted), but my real praise goes to the actor who plays the Dad. He’s creepy as hell. You don’t know when he’s going to snap; you don’t know what he’s thinking or planing; and the episode keeps making you wonder why he’s acting so weird. I think his best creepy moments is when he’s eating plant food; serving the kids breakfast; taking the phone away from Margret; but what tops them all is when he’s in the bathroom talking to himself as you see green ooze coming out of his cut and levees growing out of his hair. His facial expressions, odd behavior and eerie monotone voice keeps getting creepier and creepier as the episode moves on.Hairiest_06

MY HAIRIEST ADVENTURE

Meet Larry, a kid with allergies, has a fear of dogs, and is part of a garage band. One day he and his friends put on some old tanning lotion to look cool. But as a side affect, Larry has been growing hair all over his body. Not only is he getting hairy, but his parents are acting strange and his friends are disappearing. I do like the set-up to the episode. We get a narrative perspective from our main character, something weird is happening to him, and his friends one by one are disappearing. But the execution is terrible. The acting is horrible! Every ones acting is over the top and hardly ever believable. There wasn’t a single actor who did a good job. The worst one out of all them is the kid who plays our main character. He can’t act at all; he’s not funny; he’s not likable; and above all he can’t make a scene intense. Every time he worries about his friends disappearing, or when he worries about hair growing on him, it sounds like he’s reading a cue card or just saying the lines. He doesn’t even sound like he’s trying to be intense, even his scream doesn’t sound convincing. It’s not just the actors that stink, the characters are also very bland and forgettable.

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IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SINK

Kat and her family just moved to a new house that’s not that far away from their old neighborhood. Kat finds a sponge under the sink but she finds out it’s not just a sponge, it’s a monster sponge that brings bad luck. Yes, I’m not lying, a sponge is our monster. When you have a corny title called “It Came From Beneath The Sink”, chances are our monster is going to be an extremely poor payoff. Just look at it, it’s not even close to scary, it looks like a monster from a campy B Movie made in the 50’s. It doesn’t even do anything except cause bad luck; ruin a garden; and make the audience assume it kills the family dog; and usually most of the bad luck that occurs are actually accidents caused by our main character Kat. To me that’s not bad luck, she’s just clumsy. By the way, when we first meet the monster, Kat thinks it’s a cat because she can only see it’s evil red eyes in the dark. Seriously, how dumb is this girl, if I saw red eyes under my sink, the last thing I would assume it would be is a cat.

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SAY CHEESE AND DIE

Three friends find a camera in an abandon building where a creepy old man named Spidey lives. Once they use the camera, they find out the camera creates bad luck. One of the members from the trio also goes missing and the last time they saw her, she got her picture taken. The idea sounds cool and the title sounds scary, but sadly the title is misleading, why because NO ONE DIES! All the camera does is just create accidents or make people vanish that’s it! I know it’s a kid show but couldn’t they make the accidents more intense? The accidents in the last episode were more intense than the accidents here. Though the scene when our lead character has to ride with his family and car that’s going to be damaged after when he took a picture of it was pretty tense for the time being. Another question I must ask is why does any of these characters use a freaky looking camera? It looks like it has the word evil written all over it! Plus getting a freaky camera in a freaky area where a creepy man lives, chances are there has to be something not right about it.a-night-in-terror-tower

A NIGHT IN TERROR TOWER

Eddie and Sue are on vacation in England. Their parents left them to go on a tour bus while they’re at a conference. One of the stops on the tour is “Terror Tower”, and once they go into the Tower, they see some weird things and are being chased by a man dressed in black. Can they escape from him? This episode has another extraordinary set-up. It takes place in a dark castle filled with hundreds of passages and staircases; they’re being chased by a mysterious man; they see scary images and are not sure if those images are real or in their head; they can’t remember anything; and they go back in time to be executed. This episode has so many scenes of thrills and scary moments, that I couldn’t think of a moment when I felt at ease until the episode was wrapping. There’s even a interesting and chilling back story to the Tower. Our main characters Eddie and Sue are very likable and are the kind of characters that you pray will be alright. Again, the actors aren’t the greatest, but they’re enough to make the characters likable and make the audience feel as scared as they are. The man in black has to be one of the scariest “Goosebumps” villains ever. Instead of being over the top, he’s more serious and threatening. He’s bigger than the kids; he talks in a dark sinister voice; and will stop at nothing to kill our main characters, showing no sign or remorse or hesitation.A_Night_in_Terror_TowerThe supporting characters are just as great as our leads and villain. There’s the sorcerer Morgred, who’s just as likable as the kids and is really well acted. The only flaw in the character (And story) is why does he need three magic stones to become powerful? I know they’re magic, but couldn’t the writer be more creative with the idea. Oh well, it’s not a terrible idea I mean there is “The Sorcerers Stone” but couldn’t it be just one magic stone instead of three? Anyway getting back to the supporting characters you also have a nasty Cab Driver, scared looking peasants, a firm hotel clerk, but my favorite out of all them is the tour guide. He brings a lot of laughs in the episode and can come out as creepy every once in a while. In my opinion, it’s definitely of the best episodes in the whole series!The Werewolf of Fever Swamp

THE WEREWOLF OF FEVER SWAMP

Here’s our season finale! Grady and his family have moved to a swamp called “Fever Swamp” to do an animal experiment. His older sister hates the place, but Grady tries to make the best of things. However, the swamp carries a deadly disease; there’s a creepy and mysterious old hermit who lives in the swamp; and there’s a werewolf that haunts it and feeds on a full moon. What can I say about the set-up and story, it’s great. The idea of having a wolf in a jungle like swamp is bizarre, but it’s very creepy and inventive. The cinematography really captures the thrill; the lighting and use of mist not only helps with the foreboding atmosphere but it also pays homage to those old werewolf films. Speaking of homage, look for the haunted mask, it’s somewhere in this episode. The story also has tons of plot twists and even a few deaths (Not just animals). R.L. Stine even turned the tables a bit on character. Instead of the older one being smart and the little sibling being annoying, it’s the other way around. R.L. Stine even throws in a dog to make the heroes parents blame the animal for the deaths to animals that’s been going around, which surprisingly I did give a crap about the dog.Download_(3)

 

The build-up to the werewolf is really creepy. You don’t see a werewolf until the climax. When you first see it, you see it’s sharp claws, hear it howl, and see it chase its victims through its eyes in slow motion. You even don’t know where it is or when it will pop out to scare you. I’m not going to tell you who the werewolf is but I think you’ll be very surprised, especially when you see the person become half human and half wolf with very scary realistic make up. With all that praise on the wolf, I must honestly say when we see it fully, it not only looks cheesy but it kind of looks like a Gorilla than a werewolf. I wish Sabre was the episode’s wolf.dimsIt’s a campy show and has it’s over the top nonsense but it is still good. The stories are creative; the ideas and settings are creepy; and some of the monsters can be scary. The acting’s not so great but the actors do fit their characters and make (Most of them) them likable. The special effects can be very lame and laughable at times but there are a lot of good effects as well. Is it a scary show, not too scary but it’s scary enough to scare it’s target audience and SOME of it can be scary to an adult as well.