Screenshot: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where we watch the trailers so that you don’t have to, although you probably, should; what else are you doing today, huh, big shot? Today we’ve got a Goosebumps sequel and Barb from Stranger Things finally getting hers, so let’s dive right in.


First up: The first full trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, in which yet another group of dangerously reckless pre-teens unleash yet another set of R.L. Stine’s famous creations on their small town. There’s no sign of Jack Black as a returning fictionalized version of Stine, but Slappy The Living Dummy is back to unleash a PG-rated version of hell.

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Next up: Netflix’s Extinction, which seems a little bit like someone asked “What if we did a riff on Take Shelter, but halfway through, it just turns out that the dude was right?” Co-starring Lizzy Caplan and Mike Colter, the film stars Michael Peña as a dad who starts getting prophetic dreams of an alien invasion, and who then has to protect his family when they start coming true.

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Finally, we’ve got another Netflix trailer, this one for Shannon Purser—a.k.a. the aforementioned Barb—as the coming-of-age hero of Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. Despite the name, and the eyerolls of those damn popular kids, Sierra seems pretty cool, actually, at least until she starts catfishing a boy with a picture of a more fashionable classmate. At this point, we have to ask: Sierra, buddy, have you never seen a movie? Even if you can pull off a Cyrano/Roxanne, it never ends well (at least for a minute, until it inevitably does, in proper rom-com fashion). Sierra Burgess makes the scene on September 7, complete with a part from recent Random Roles luminary Alan Ruck as Purser’s dad.

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