Hello, Spongey here.
Last month, I went big and looked at a whole trilogy from Stine. After that we need something simpler to deal with for this month’s review. I went back and forth and decided I wanted something in the Goosebumps world after so much Fear Street. But what could be both in the GB realm and simple enough for me to not have to analyze it super deeply?
For that, I settled on a return to Series 2000. I usually wouldn’t cover two of those in one year but after Scream School, I felt bad giving it a middling review. I wanted to visit the series again on the blog for a review that is more positive. Although I guess even if I didn’t, I could say The Adventures of Shrinkman counts.
But even with that, I wanted to do this one so here we are. We’ve covered some from earlier in the run, and one from in the middle, and with this we go towards the end. The last portion of Series 2000 was interesting to me. The last portion of the original series had a bunch of last minute brilliance before taking a dump at the last minute. Series 2000 switches between last minute brilliance and taking a dump, before sort of petering out.
I already noted some of the problems Stine had with Scholastic that likely lead to some of those lesser ones, but we’ll get to those in due time. For now, we’re focusing on this. Like plenty of Series 2000, it went unnoticed but in this case, the cover caught the eyes of the people making the 2015 film. Thus, the titular car not only appears in the movie, it also earned a reprint, making it more well known.
I first read it off the ebook back in 2019 or so, and so we’re here to give it a closer look. To get it out of the way, yes this is inspired by Christine. Stine’s cribbed from King plenty of times, so it’s nothing new. Hell, he’s even done Chrstine before with Fear Street’s The Cataluna Chronicles. Oh those are a can of worms, but that’s a story for another time.
Anyway, let’s peek under the hood. I’m not sorry.
This, is The Haunted Car
The cover is pretty good. It’s simple with some nice trees, and the car looks decently menacing. You notice more details the further you look at the car too. Nothing great but it’s a pretty solid and simple bit of art.
And here’s the reprint cover, which is also pretty solid. It’s more action-y, showing the car in a more monster-y form. I kinda like this one more for it being more action-y but both are equally solid. Good stuff here.Continue reading