Goosebumps: Season 1, Episode 8

Piano Lessons Can Be Murder (8 Dec. 1995)

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A ghostly piano occasions ghostlier piano lessons for a bizarrely imaginative young Jerry.


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A ghostly piano occasions ghostlier piano lessons for a bizarrely imaginative young Jerry.

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Aron Tager, who played the hand-obsessed Dr. Shreek, was noted for his recurring role as the mad scientist Dr. Vink in Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990), and on the first occasion in Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Phantom Cab (1990), had a severed, jarred hand on display as the first glimpse of his character's nature. See more »


[Mr. Toggle screams in fright seeing the ghost, who has saved Jerry from taking his hands]
The Ghost: You've gone too far! I warned you! This time you've gone too far, Andrew Toggle!
Mr. Toggle: [pouts] I've tried my best!
The Ghost: You were just a lazy boy - very clever, but lazy. You could have mastered all your pieces if you'd only practiced!
Mr. Toggle: I did! I practiced every day! 'Faster, Andrew!' Again, Andrew!' But it was never good enough for you!
[Mr. Toggle sobs]
The Ghost: Practice makes perfect, Andrew Toggle. It's time for your lesson!
Mr. Toggle: [...]
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Dr. Shreek and his music school - you have to hand it to him.
4 February 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Ben Cook stars as young Jerry Hawkins in this Goosebumps tale that suffers from a lack of any decent surprises or twists.

When Jerry moves into his new home with his parents it isn't long until he starts hearing the sound of a piano playing. When he gets to the piano there is nobody there playing it, at first, but this won't be his last time hearing the music. Eventually, Jerry sees a ghostly figure playing the piano and is, understandably, freaked out. Assuming that Jerry is focusing on the piano because he wants to learn to play (I know, I know, it makes NO sense to me either), Mr and Mrs Hawkins sign him up for lessons at Dr. Shreek's private music school. It's not long until Jerry starts to suspect that Dr. Shreek may be up to something dastardly. Was the piano-playing ghost trying to scare him or warn him?

Once again written by R. L. Stine, of course, this episode of Goosebumps is adapted from the source material by Charles Lazer. The cast are okay (Aron Tager is fun as Dr. Shreek), but there's just not enough here to make this one of the more enjoyable episodes. The ending makes up for other failings, however, and is impressively scary and macabre for children's entertainment.

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