‘Goosebumps 2’ trailer invites you to a very ‘Haunted Halloween’

Lewis Collier
July 11, 2018

Jack Black's R.L. Stine is nowhere to be seen in the first trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, the sequel to the Jumanji-esque film from 2015. The 2015 horror-comedy film introduced a group of kids who accidentally stumble upon R.L. Stine's enchanted manuscripts - unleashing all manner of awful monsters onto the world.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no one, no one, does Halloween like Slappy, a fact backed up by the new poster and trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.

Just kidding, but it looks like a ton of fun!

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Summer is in full swing, which means it's time to start getting your Halloween costumes ready. The October-set fright-fest continues the idea from the original that the works of prolific horror author and diehard Shakira enthusiast R.L. Stine can come to life. Director Ari Sandel is taking over for the sequel-from a script by Rob Lieber-but the trailer seems to be promising more of the same.

The first installment, starring Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush, grossed $150.1 million in worldwide box office. The first film made $156.7 million on a $58 million budget, and hit #1 on the sales charts when it was released on home video. He was the best thing about Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which made nearly $1 billion at the box office, but let's not forget School of Rock, the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and Goosebumps, where he played R.L. Stine. But it was widely reported in December 2017 that Black was coming back to play the writer and voice Slappy. And like the older kids, it's expected that Stine will show up in the last third of the movie to help contain his creations and save the town from a complete monster takeover.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is set to arrive in theaters on October 12, 2018.

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