Starring Madison Iseman, Jack Black
Directed by Ari Sandel
Rating: half a star
There was a time when everything ‘Made In America’ was tempting for us Indians. No more. This utterly trashy Halloween children’s-horror is a horror of an unexpected kind, and not just for children,
Lazily written, clumsily performed and with special effects that please only those who haven’t been beyond Shaktimaan,Goosebumps 2 is a product of Trump’s America. Shallow silly and exceedingly annoying, it takes our brains for a horror refrain in an expected way. After a while I didn’t know why I was watching it in the first place.
Or for that matter why we need to import trashy cinema when we have enough of our own to deal with.
The apology of a plot has three teenagers , Sarah(Madison Iseman) her brother Sunny(Jeremy Taylor) and a friend Sam Carter(Kaleel Harris) trying to stop the terror unleashed in their small suburban town by an animated ventriloquist’s dummy. The dummy(voiced with bullying grace by Mick Wingert) is just about the only spirited character in the comatose plot populated by amateur actors who think it is cool to sound like models from ads selling cookies to bored housewives.
By the time the awakened ghouls go on a rampage on Halloween night (don’t ask how, it is just a string of nonsensical plot propulsion) we are looking at a mess of movie with no redemptive strokes to put it back on the right track. I even saw Jack Black the only remotely talented actor in this bewitched balderdash who drops in and quickly leaves , as though he has just got a whiff of the chaos that’s been constructed in the name of children’s horror.
Children’s horror? No quite. More like horror that is unintentionally funny.No child or adult would have the patience to sit through this glamorous garbage.