Goosebumps: Season 1, Episode 8

Piano Lessons Can Be Murder (8 Dec. 1995)

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When Jerry and his family move into a new house, he finds a long abandoned piano. After deciding to take lessons, however, a ghost warns him that the music school he attends is not what it seems.



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When Jerry and his family move into a new house, he finds a long abandoned piano. After deciding to take lessons, however, a ghost warns him that the music school he attends is not what it seems.

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Aron Tager, who plays the hand-obsessed Dr. Shreek, is noted for his recurring role as the mad scientist, Dr. Vink, in Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990), another horror anthology series. In his first appearance, Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Phantom Cab (1990), his character has a severed hand on display in a jar, the first indication of his character's nature. See more »


[last lines]
The Ghost: This is your punishment for terrorizing the boy! You will practice and practice!
Mr. Toggle: [plays the piano, sobs] How much longer!
The Ghost: Till... eternity, you lazy boy!
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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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