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. 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 book is later stolen by a bully named Tommy Madigan (Payton Wich). At home, Sonny is working on his science project, a miniature version of Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower. Slappy then reveals he's alive to Sonny and Sam, and gets their trust by using his magic to do the boy's chores and homework. Meanwhile, Sarah goes to a party to meet her boyfriend ...
Jack Black, while reprising his role of R.L. Stine, doesn't have much screen time in this sequel, not even appearing until minute 56 out of 90, 62% of the way through the film. This was due to his working on another film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018), which was released 3 weeks before this one. Both movies are based on popular children's horror fiction. See more »
When Sarah, Kathy, sonny and Sam sneak into Teslas abandoned factory its night time yet after only a short amount of time in defeating slappy they leave the abandoned factory and its then broad daylight night time has passed in mere minutes. See more »
[from trailer; sees headless horseman]
Someone's going to win a costume contest!
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The first half of the closing credits takes place in a book's blue swirl effect that contains elements from the movie and its Haunted Halloween monsters, some have abilities. The swirl clears out to reveal the camera going past Wardenclyffe, New York (The main setting) to the full moon. See more »
The home video and digital releases only show the movie's title as simply "Goosebumps 2". See more »
I actually enjoyed the 1st goosebumps movie, this on the other hand was somewhat of a let down. The 1st one actually took it's time and there was a story that was established. In the 2nd one however, it didn't have that. Everything felt rushed and it felt like they threw everything right away without any explanation. And while you're watching you'll immediately know what's going to happen with just one glance. The story is as cliche as they come and in turn makes it laughable. Jokes also didn't land for me, it was cheesy as they come. A couple of them did get me to chuckle but that was it. The saving grace of the film was "Slappy", the villain of the film. When ever that psychotic puppet on the screen things get interesting, and he just makes the scene better.
All in all I thought goosebumps was very by the numbers and very predictable with an insane amount of plot holes, but with a good villain.
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