Sunday, 31 January 2016


Starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Ryan Lee and Jillian Bell. Written by Darren Lemke. Directed by Rob Letterman. Running time 103 minutes. Budget $58 million.

A Kids horror film and all that that threatens. The story sees Dylan Minnette and his mum, Amy Ryan arrive in a new town to start a new life after the death of Dylan's father. They move in next door to grumpy writer R.L Stine and his insanely sexy daughter, Odeya Rush. Then there's the usual misunderstanding that only happens in these sorts of movies and the monsters of Stine's kids horror stories are unleashed on the world and it's up to the kids to save the day. Cue lots of running about, shouting loudly, CGI, thrills, spills and excitement until everything's resolved and the credits roll and everythings happy again.

To coin a phrase, I'm getting too old for this shit. I really am, I sat through this pretty bored, I went with the lad who thought it was okay, I thought it pretty shit and I was reminded several times that the stories offered nothing new, especially in monster form. Anyway, the effects were fun.

Got nothing more to add, kids of a certain age will probably love it, parents will probably feel nonpluxed either way. I groaned through it. Particularly with the woeful cameo by the real R.L Stine playing the new drama teacher, Mr. Black. (geddit!?)


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