When her mother leaves town to visit a sick relative, Margaret's concern for her father grows. She does not know what he is working on in the basement and cannot figure out why his behavior has changed.
Margaret is really worried about her father. Ever since he lost his job, he spends all of his time locked in the basement. What is going on down there? He is just doing a little plant testing... harmless really. When Dad does come up for air, he acts strange and is only getting stranger. In fact, he's not acting like himself at all. All he ever says is: "Stay out of the basement!" So when her Mom goes out of town, Margaret's worry turns to fear. Especially when she and her brother discover the root of the problem. Written by
Split into two parts, this particular Goosebumps tale focuses on young Margaret Brewer (Rebecca Henderson) and her younger brother, Casey (Blake McGrath). The two of them are given one rule for whenever they are at home on their own - "Stay Out Of The Basement" - but it's easier said than done when they start to hear some strange noises coming from down there and suspect that maybe an animal has managed to find its way inside. If their scientist dad (Judah Katz) catches them, however, there will be hell to pay.
Directed by William Fruet and written by a few people adapting the work of R. L. Stine, "Stay Out Of The Basement" is a fun story that should appeal to fans of the show. It doesn't really feel like a two-parter was necessary but it also somehow avoids feeling overstretched.
The acting from the youngsters is okay and Judah Katz gets to have some fun when Dr. Brewer starts exhibiting some very strange behaviour. The twists and turns of the plot may be very obvious but they're no less fun for it.
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