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R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Live-action tale has spooky scares, teens in jeopardy.

Movie PG 2016 89 minutes
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It doesn't take much more than silly situations, primitive special effects, and over-the-top villains to entertain kids who like spooky movies as undemanding and relatively scare-free as this one. R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House, a low-budget, simplistic fright-fest, will appeal to those who enjoy nearly nonstop action, a few minor-league twists, and characters who are as lightweight as the plot. The send-up of a modern reality-television star -- an outrageous characterization by Jamie Kennedy -- is fun, if obvious, and Corey Fogelmanis, this year's Max Doyle, is appealing in the role. But many of the featured players and production values are by-the-numbers at best. It's harmless entertainment set in a teen environment without substance or depth, and it's only appropriate for kids who are old enough to fully understand that the scares are make-believe.

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