Sony can't seem to make up their minds regarding the new Goosebumps sequel, and while we didn't mind the original title—Slappy Halloween—it looks like they've settled on a new name for the upcoming family-friendly horror flick: Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween.
At CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Sony revealed the trailer for the upcoming film, and as Fandango tweeted, it looks like Haunted Halloween will really be haunted, as “R.L. Stine’s house has turned into a forgotten place that's straight outta the IT dilapidated house of horrors, then it introduces a bunch of new monsters and Stine’s signature ventriloquist puppet awakens…”
In the first trailer for the next #Goosebumps movie, Haunted Halloween, R.L. Stine’s house has turned into a forgotten place that's straight outta the IT dilapidated house of horrors, then it introduces a bunch of new monsters and Stine’s signature ventriloquist puppet awakens…
— Fandango (@Fandango) April 24, 2018
With the change of the name, it still appears that the show is still going to revolve around one of Stine's creepy stories, and this time, the film is expected to feature one of Stine's most terrifying villians: Slappy, the evil ventriloquist’s dummy.
Yep, the new film is slated to follow the ventriloquist’s dummy that gave us all nightmares, and as Backstage reports, Slappy is “hell-bent on jump-starting the Halloween apocalypse,” and the “three friends must stop the stuffed adversary before he ruins Halloween for good.”
We also know that the show is set to star Peyton Wich, who played one of the bullies in the first season of Stranger Things. Wich will also be joining Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom in Stephen King's It), Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien and Caleel Harris in the upcoming flick. Jack Black will also be coming back to reprise his as R.L. Stine from the 2015 film.
There's still no official word on when the film will be hitting theaters, but as ComicBook.com reported, the release date was recently set to Oct. 12, a date that doesn't seem likely anymore, considering filming started earlier in March.
Even though it looks like we'll have to wait for the movies to hit theaters, we're pretty excited, and slightly terrified, for the new faces and creepy characters we're sure we'll see in Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween.