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Lacklustre Goosebumps sequel not as spooky as expected

By Jake Wilson
October 24 2018 - 11:00am
Not so spooky: Caleel Harris, Madison Iseman, Slappy and Jeremy Ray Taylor in Columbia Pictures' Goosebumps 2 - Haunted Halloween. Great Lakes Cinema 3 session details page 3. Photo: Daniel McFadden.
Not so spooky: Caleel Harris, Madison Iseman, Slappy and Jeremy Ray Taylor in Columbia Pictures' Goosebumps 2 - Haunted Halloween. Great Lakes Cinema 3 session details page 3. Photo: Daniel McFadden.

"I expected more," said a small boy sitting behind me, as the credits rolled at the public preview screening of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. This lacklustre sequel to the 2015 hit Goosebumps hardly has enough jokes to qualify as a comedy, which leaves it stranded in the netherworld of near-horror, aimed at children supposedly not yet ready for the real thing.