ByMichael Blanchard, writer at Creators.co
Southern filmmaker, without the funny accent.
Michael Blanchard

TEN ESSENTIAL FACTORS EVERY FILM SHOULD HAVE IN ORDER TO BE A FILM, EACH WITH A SHORT SUMMARY:

STORY

A young teen moves into a new town, meets a new girl, and accidentally unleashes the creations of famed author and father to this girl, R.L. Stine.

CHARACTERS

Utterly one-dimensional and been-there-done that, with only cliche significant characteristics to tell them apart.

PERFORMANCES

All seem to care but don't really show it, except for Black who plays both Stine and main/practical antagonist Slappy.

DIRECTION

Uninspired but effective.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nothing to show for, but decent blending of CG and live action.

EMOTION

Devoid of emotion and flat.

STRUCTURE

Intentionally simple, yet unintentionally stagnant.

PACING

Inconsistent with setups both excruciatingly present and nonexistent at the same time, followed by payoffs that don't do anything for me.

INTENTION

Simply to sell a product for the masses, as opposed to creating something whimsical and/or stellar.

EXECUTION

An unfortunate outcome from the combination of 90s defining children's stories and a production company of adults making a children's movie.

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