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As a child, I loved this episode! I still consider it my favorite Goosebumps movie! Carly Beth is sick and tired of being scared all the time by Chuck and Steve, so she decides to get even. She goes to a Novelty Shop and finds the scariest mask she's ever seen. On HALLOWEEN night, Carly and her friend, Sabrina go trick-or-treating and Sabrina notices that Carly has changed ever since she put the mask on. Later, after she gets her revenge and scares Chuck and Steve, she tries to take the mask off, but it has become her new face. Carly goes back to the store and asks the manager for help. He tells her that only the symbol of love can help take the mask off. The other masks like Carly's start to come alive and try to get Carly Beth to join them. Can Carly Betn find the symbol of love in time? If you love Goosebumps, HALLOWEEN, and masks, you'll love THE HAUNTED MASK!!!
The Haunted Mask
The real reason that teenagers love wearing Halloween masks is because they cover-up all of their acne.
Unfortunately, once on, the macabre masque in this horror movie cannot be removed.
Teased by her friends for her faint-heartedness, Carly Beth (Kathryn Long) ditches her duck Halloween costume for a more menacing mask that she stole from a costume shop.
Unbeknownst to her, the mask has strange properties that manipulate her behavior. And when she goes to remove it, she's shocked to find it's permanently affixed to her face.
Adapted from one of R.L. Stein's most infamous Goosebumps tale, The Haunted Mask also marked the genesis of the long-running television series.
Although the narrative is frightful and mindful, especially for the prepubescent market, it's the outdated special effects that really do this parable an injustice.
Besides, nowadays, instead of a haunted mask it would have to be a haunted sexy pirate costume.
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
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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