'Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween' star Jeremy Ray Taylor recalls how Slappy the dummy nearly scared him to death
The horror comedy that narrates the story of two boys who accidentally release Slappy the Dummy and the Goosebumps monsters in their town is based on RL Stein’s fan-favorite 'Goosebumps' series.
‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween,’ which is releasing on Friday, October 12, is probably the best treat this Halloween for children and adults alike. The horror comedy that narrates the story of two boys who accidentally release Slappy the Dummy and the Goosebumps monsters in their town is based on RL Stein’s fan-favorite 'Goosebumps' series.
At the helm of this weekend must-watch, is Jeremy Ray Taylor, who plays Sonny Quinn in the film. A huge fan of Stein, Jeremy says he loves bringing one of his books to life. He elaborates on the experience, “Horror is fun to film because it is intense and high energy. And working with monsters is always fun!”
The young star, however, admits to being too scared to truly enjoy the horror genre, but his ‘Goosebumps’ role along with that of his role as Ben Hanscom in ‘IT’ seems to slowly be influencing him to appreciate it. “I have never been a fan of horror films because I scare WAY too easily! I am starting to branch out a bit and watch some little by little,” he says, revealing that comedy is where his heart is.
Slappy the ventriloquist dummy is the personification.. erm dummification... of your creepiest dreams, and he sure gave Jeremy a huge scare. “Slappy is creepy for sure and you might regret calling him a dummy,” he warns. “I remember the first time I held him! I was holding him and taking directions from the director, Ari Sandel, and suddenly his little hands reached up and touched my face! I almost died! His voice is particularly creepy too!”
The film does have quite a bit of comedy as well, which is to be expected, of course, what with the likes of Jack Black and Ken Jeong in the cast list. Jeremy reminisces, “Anytime Ken Jeong was in a scene, it was nonstop laughing. He would do anything for a laugh and I loved it!”
“I would love to play a comedic role and I would love to take a turn at being the bully instead of being bullied!” says Jeremy referencing the fact that both Sonny and Ben have the unfortunate ability to attract bullies. What they also do have in common is admirable heroism. Despite their young ages, both of them stand up for their friends and ultimately win in the end.
“More kids need to realize they can do anything they set their minds to! We all have a hero inside,” says Jeremy who is proud of the fact that ‘Goosebumps’ has a child at the forefront.
From comedy to horror and everything in between, ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’ has what we look for in an October film. However, if you still aren’t convinced to go to the theatres this weekend, listen to what Jeremy as to say, “Our movie brings some of those same iconic monsters [from the first film] to life in a brand-new way. We have a fantastic new group of actors who bring some amazing comedy and fun to the screen. I think families will love this movie!”