Halloween may be over, but that does not mean that I do not have something to say about ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’! The first film – based on R. L. Stine’s most beloved books; and starring Jack Black – was a surprise success, both critically and financially, that I am sure a sequel was in demand! The thing about ‘Goosebumps’ was that it worked on its own as a stand-alone flick, but with Halloween on the rise, Sony felt the need to start a potential franchise for families to look forward to this Halloween. However, ‘Haunted Halloween’ turned out to be less successful, which is not surprising, being that nobody asked for it.
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Being that we live in a time where best-selling books are adapted into two-part blockbusters (‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’, ‘The Hobbit’), there was no perfect time for Stephen King’s most popular horror novel ‘It’ to get the same treatment. Unlike other adaptations that want to bank off the successes of other two-parters in the past (They are slowly dying out, I swear!), ‘It’ has a good reason to be divided in half. Not only was Stephen King’s novel long, (I did not even have time to finish the book in high school near the end of my senior year) but it was the basis for a two-part miniseries starring Tim Curry as a devilish clown named Pennywise (Who is played here by Bill Skarsgard). If you have seen the original miniseries (which, I believe, many of you have), or have read the book, you can see that its story was made to be two movies. Whether or not you think so, this idea works and doesn’t make its audience tiresome. In fact, ‘It’ is one of the most consistently entertaining horror movies I’ve seen in years.
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