Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween: For the first half of the movie I was actually pretty surprised. After hearing the negative feedback I was expecting much worse - but the first act or so does have a good enough verve and structure to it. Sure, it’s pretty much a standard adaptation of the “Night of the Living Dummy” plot…but it’s a decent enough adaptation of that plot. There’s even a bit or two in there which can come off as unnerving. So I was pretty pleased.
But then half-way in it decides to awkwardly, and almost nonsensically, throw all that out in a bid to retread the original movie’s plot. Like, really, it just comes out of nowhere. They try to bridge it, but their explanation for it makes even less sense than if it just happened for the sake of it. After that it’s just really disappointing. I still enjoy the kid leads and some of the gags - but none of that helps hide the fact that the people making this took the easy way out. And that you could just be watching the original movie for something like this but with more consistency.