Brave, smart kids save their town in ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’

Following the huge success of the first Goosebumps film, the filmmakers behind Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween decided that instead of limiting themselves to the stories in the 200 books in the Goosebumps library, they would bring an original story to the screen, an adventure inspired by the cherished series.

The story begins with three regular kids who needed to be anything but average when it came to saving their town and family from certain disaster, all at the hands of one of author R.L. Stine’s most famous creations, SLAPPY, a memorable ringmaster of chaos.

Says R.L. Stine, “No one ever taught me a formula for writing books. The formula for Goosebumps is to make real kids, believable kids. Once you have that element, you can really go crazy with the plot.”

As for building on his legacy, Stine expresses a gracious encouragement to the screenwriters: “It’s very exciting to write something and also get to see what other people create with that inspiration – what direction they go.”

The books always shone a spotlight on young, brave, smart heroes – kids who stepped up when the need arose to take down monsters. Rob Lieber consciously honored that element when crafting the screenplay, and the production furthered it in their casting of Madison Iseman as Sarah, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Sonny, and Caleel Harris as Sam. The young trio fit the mold of their intrepid schoolkid heroes perfectly. Says producer Deborah Forte of her cast, “They are all exceptionally talented and really managed to embody the characteristics of the characters.”

The camaraderie made for a spirited set, according to executive producer Timothy M. Bourne. “From day one they really all jelled together,” says Bourne. “They became friends instantly and have maintained that throughout the movie. They are all just a pleasure to be around and that trickles down to everybody.”

They also managed to become a family off screen, says Forte, adding, “They’ve really invested themselves and I think the fact that they’ve built that relationship on and off camera has made their performances ring true.”

Concludes Forte, “At the root of this film is family. It’s about how growing up is hard. It centers on Sarah and her relationship with her mom and her brother, Sonny. Through the course of this adventure with Slappy and these crazy monsters, Sarah comes to realize that it is her family – her mother and her brother – that she values most.”

Opened last October 31 in Philippine cinemas, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor, right) and Sam (Caleel Harris) find “Slappy” in an abandoned house in Columbia Pictures’ GOOSEBUMPS 2; HAUNTED HALLOWEEN.
About Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween follows the Quinn family – high school senior SARAH (Madison Iseman), her middle school brother SONNY (Jeremy Ray Taylor), and their mother KATHY (Wendi McLendon-Covey) — into an entirely new set of spooky, exciting, and funny events. Sonny and schoolmate SAM (Caleel Harris) are best friends with a side job as the “Junk Brothers,” collecting discarded stuff other people don’t want. But it’s a gig that unfortunately leads them right into the path of (gulp) SLAPPY (Avery Lee Jones), the mischievous ventriloquist dummy from an unpublished Goosebumps book.

At first, Slappy seems to want nothing more than to be part of the Quinn family, but when his hijinks go too far, Sarah, Sonny and Sam realize that this pernicious puppet must be stopped. Rejected in his obsessive need to be a member of the Quinn household, Slappy decides to build his own “family” by kidnapping Kathy and bringing all of his Halloween friends back to life – including new right-hand Ogre WALTER (Chris Parnell).

As Halloween transforms their sleepy town into a full-on monster mash-up, boasting such hilariously freaky creatures as giant gummy bears and creepy garden gnomes, Sarah, the boys, and neighbor MR. CHU (Ken Jeong) team up to save Kathy and the town from Slappy’s wicked plan.

Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Madison Iseman star in Columbia Pictures’ GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN.

New ‘Creed II’ poster shows Rocky in Adonis’ corner

Warner Bros. Pictures has just released the new one-sheet art for “Creed II” highlighting the unbreakable bond between Rocky and Adonis Creed.

Check out the poster below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas November 28.

About “Creed II”

In “Creed II,” life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. “Creed II” is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Directed by Steven Caple Jr., written by Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (“Luke Cage”) and taking direct inspiration from Ryan Coogler‘s 2015 “Creed,” ”Creed II” will see Michael B. Jordan return as Adonis Johnson, son of Apollo Creed, to continue his training under Rocky Balboa (Stallone) in order to prep for what’s sure to be a brutal fight against Vitor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Tessa Thompson also returns as Adonis’ love interest, Bianca, and Coogler is on board as an executive producer.

“Creed II” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.