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)
R.L. Stine, The Stephen King of horror stories for kids has a TV show based on his classic “Goosebumps” books. If you were a kid who grew up in the 90’s, 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 that are either scary or horrible looking; and usually having scary endings then happy endings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.