When the monthly lottery came around at MovieBoozer, I thought for sure I’d put myself up to review the revamped Halloween, with Jaimie Lee Curtis reprising her role as the beleaguered Laurie Strode. Who doesn’t want to see Laurie kick that pesky Michael Myer’s ass? But then I watched the trailer and something felt… off. As excited as I was, I couldn’t shake the darkness of the plot. Obviously it’s not going to be sunshine and daisies, but I found myself unable to embrace the thought of heading into the theater with my notebook to jot down my thoughts on the kills. But I was also didn’t want to skip an opportunity to write for a website I dearly love. I am deadline-driven and need assignments to thrive. What was I going to do?
Then I watched the trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (a flick that was not even remotely on my radar) and something unexpected happened – I actually wanted to see the damn thing. The cleverness of bringing Halloween to life, costumes and all, looked like too much fun to miss. And that’s when it struck me – I wanted the perks of the spookiest holiday, without having to embrace the nightmares. Sometimes it’s okay not to go all in. With far too many scares happening in the real world, I was more than happy to kick back with Fright Lite ™ and it turned out to be the perfect compromise. It’s definitely not for everyone – I was one of the few child-free audience members in the mix. But if you’re craving something that’s not too taxing that will still signal your brain that fall’s favorite holiday is nearing, Goosebumps 2 could be for you. Read the surprising amount of words I have to say about it in my full film review, available at MovieBoozer now!