Some of my fondest moments growing up are either curling up with a R.L. Stine book during the summer or kicking it in the A.C watching the latest episode of Goosebumps. Even though I might cry like a baby at the sight of blood, I am a sucker for a good fright. So as soon as I stumbled across R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls, I knew I was in for a fun treat.
If you are like me, you are counting down for the new Goosebumps movie coming out October 15 staring Jack Black. It was my desire for a small taste of my childhood that led me to search for a few old movies. However, instead of rewatching a few classic Goosebumps, I decided to treat myself to a more recent story. I’m not sure if R.L. Stine took a break in the last ten years or if as I grew up, I got busy and kind of forgot the awesomeness that comes with every one of his stories. While R.L. Stein’s Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls is not geared to an almost 30 year old, the kid inside me still really enjoyed it.
The plot was simple, even though extremely similar to the Disney movie, Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).
When a traveling Hall of Horrors show arrives in the town of Danville, high school friends can’t wait to get spooked. The monsters, zombies, and ghouls are completely lifelike, and the villainous showman, Dr. Hysteria, and his enchanting assistant, Lilith, really know how to turn up the scares. But when Beth discovers a haunted cabinet backstage that traps the souls of lost teens, it’s up to the gang to stop the mayhem before they are trapped forever.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Dove Cameron (who plays Beth) in the show. She is a talented actress who stars in the Disney Channel Series, Liv and Maddie. As well as just slayed the part as Mal, Maleficient’s Daugher, in the newest Disney Channel Movie, The Descendants. Dove Cameron has dabbled in a few different roles, but her ability to add a bit of humble charm really makes the viewers connect with her. At times during R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls, it was her role that kept the plot from getting a little to childish.
The great thing about R.L. Stine has always been his ability to make it appealing and appropriate for children, but not dumb it down or go over the top kiddy show. I tend to find this a problem with a lot of shows in today’s line up. At first I was nervous to sit down and watch this movie, especially with the huge age gap, but I was pleasantly surprised. R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls would make a great family night movie to add to the Halloween fun that comes with October. For an added bonus, check out Pinterest to see if you can pair up some delicious creepy treat for dessert. I am a sucker for making themed movie nights and R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls is perfect.
Not only did it keep my interest, but there were so many amazing parts woven throughout the plot that it had me laughing out loud. The actors and director did a great job in finding a balance for the movie that can tread over a wide range of age groups. R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls will hold you captivated as you settle down to watch with the family and friends.