A teenage girl, Carly Beth, wishes for a scarier mask to wear on Halloween and finds one at an old store. What she doesn't realize is that the mask itself is evil and has the power to take control of the wearer.
Carly Beth is determined to stop being scared and start being scarier.
The first in the Goosebumps series, based on the works of R. L. Stine, is an enjoyable tale that doesn't hold back when it comes to delivering scares aimed directly at kids. However, it IS a two-parter and the first part is mostly set up with some hinting at what's to come in part two.
Kathryn Long plays Carly Beth Caldwell, a young girl always being scared by some boys in her school because her reactions always raise a laugh. But she's fed up of being the one on the receiving end of the scares and this Halloween Carly Beth wants to get her own back.
Directed by Timothy Bond and written by a few folk who have managed to streamline the source material, this is a decent start to the TV show, even if all of the best stuff is in the second half. At least there isn't a feeling that everything is going to be handled with kid gloves. In fact, that worry goes out of the window as soon as we see Carly Beth about to take a bite out of a sandwich she doesn't realise has had some worms added to it.
Kathryn Long does okay, Colin Fox is suitably intriguing as the owner of a novelty store that houses a selection of masks and everyone does what is asked of them. The weakest person on screen is actually R. L. Stine, who introduces the episodes.
Not too bad although everything really pays off in part two.
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