Who's jack o' laughing now?
Sony Pictures has released the international trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and Jack Black's R.L. Stine is still nowhere to be seen, making us wonder if he'll end up being in the sequel. This is the follow-up to 2015's Goosebumps, which was based on Stine's horror book series for children.
The biggest star power we get in this new trailer comes in the form of Ken Jeong (The Hangover), who plays the one wacky neighbor who likes to take Halloween a little too seriously. His trees are strung with white-sheeted ghosts, his yard strewn with tombstones and working sarcophagi.
As you'll see, his love for the holiday turns sinister when his decorations start to come alive after a few meddling kids open an R.L. Stine manuscript titled Haunted Halloween.
Watch the international trailer below:
Our main young cast consists of Jeremy Ray Taylor (It: Chapter One), Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and Caleel Harris (Castle Rock). It's up to these three heroes to get Haunted Halloween back from the monsters that have escaped from the book and reverse its effects, so that Halloween doesn't last forever. You've seen it a million times before, the usual thousand-years-of-darkness shtick.
Nevertheless, they'll have to contend with the unbelieving townsfolk, a beloved B-movie mainstay. When Iseman's character tries to tell someone that "Halloween is alive," the dude's just like, "I know, it's my favorite holiday, too." And when the character played by Wendi McLendon-Covey sees the Headless Horseman gallivanting around town, she simply thinks it's a costume in a cute little "someone's gonna win a costume contest" moment.
Still, we're going to hold out hope until the 11th hour that Black is reprising his role of Stine from the first movie, even in a cameo. Keeping him out the trailers could be a masterstroke on Sony's part, lulling us into a false sense of security, making us think he's not coming back. Then... BAM! He shows up to help the protagonists out of nowhere in the middle of the movie. But with the sheer amount of spoilers most trailers contain these days, we've got a bad feeling that if he were in the film, he'd have been shown already. In any case, let's not lose faith just yet.
Directed by Ari Sandel (When We First Met), Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween trick-'r'-treats its way into theaters Oct. 12.