Hello, Spongey here
Welcome back to Goosebump-athon!
Okay, let us talk a bit about Goosebumps Series 2000. I’’ve only read like 9 of them,. So I can’t give it the full treatment.
But I will say it is overall aright. It is the original series just darker and edgier. Sometimes it channels the worse parts of that (return to Horrorland) and sometimes it works. Overall, it is more insane than the original, and it rarely does channel the subtle scares some GB books could have. It also has gore. Awesome PG gore!
Also…it was started 1998, and only one book came out In 2000. Lame.
Series 2000 is mostly forgettable. Just ask Troy steele! I’ve only read a couple I really disliked, but we’ll get to that when we do. So we’ll look at 2 series 2000 books! And let s start, with the first book!
Cry of The Cat
Cover: the 2000 series had a cooler design to it’s covers, though it left little room to have a lot going on. This one is pretty cool looking, with the evil cat.
Front Tagline: Dead cat walking..
The series also ditched the back taglines, and instead had the series tagline (“2000 times the scares!”.) there. Also, no summary, just a tiny excerpt from the book. Meh.
The book begins with an extended scenario involving a monstrous, spittle-spewing feline attacking a child in the upper arm and back. This sequence is revealed to be a scene from a film called , of course, Cry of the Cat.
Our heroine Alison is watching the flick with her little brother, Tanner, but the movie is so scary that he makes her shut the VCR off. Oh, we start with a female, just like the original series!
Alison’s friend Ryan shows up and they both ride their bikes to school for practice. See, both are starring in a play called the Princess and the Jewel Thief, and they’re in such a rush to make it on time that Alison… runs over a cat. YIKES!
The force of Alison hitting the cat with her bike sends the cat’s head flying out into traffic with a shocked look of surprise on its face. …holy shit, this is starting off with a bang!
When Alison races over to the decapitated animal, she discovers that the cat has magically regained its head, but sadly not its life. She wraps the limp body of the cat up in her jacket. Alison figures it probably came from the big house full of cats across the street. Whoa, a GB character caring for animals to a big extent! Nice
Inside the cat house, Alison finds a young girl who introduces herself as Crystal. Crystal is furious upon being told that one of her cats has died. Luckily the cat chooses that opportunity to come back to life and scramble out of Alison’s arms.
Crystal changes gears and becomes furious that her cat is alive. Crystal freaks out that Alison killed her cat Rip (BEST NAME EVER) and screams that her mother is going to be upset and warns Alison that she shouldn’t have killed Rip, that Rip is no ordinary cat.
Alison rushes off to practice. Ryan is waiting for her at the school. Alison tells him about the cat coming back to life, but he just mocks her. Mr. Keanes, the teacher in charge of the play, initiates the practice and instructs Alison to get a scepter out of “the Royal Cabinet. She opens and…
She pries the cat from her head and throws it as hard as she can across the stage.This startles the stagehands so badly that they drop the giant king’s throne on top of the cat. The kids all gather around the flattened animal, only to have the cat come back to life and exit which prompts Mr. Keanes to dismiss practice early. . yeah, a cat is enough to shut it down for the day. K
At dinner, Alison tries to tell her parents about how she killed a cat twice in one afternoon. Unfortunately, they’re not interested in anything other than the homemade chicken noodle soup Alison’s mom made. Alison \ somehow scoops a big spoonful of wet cat fur into mouth. She tries to go to her room to relax, only to find her toy mice collection (?) thrown all over the place. At school the next day, the decapitated head of the cat appears in her lunch bag and sticks its tongue out at her.
at one point, sh tries to her mom of the cat, but she’s busy with her shirt, and complains that the buttons are on the back, and a man must have made it. hey genius, MAYBE YOU’RE WEARING IT BACKWARDS!
at night, Rip jumps on Alison’s face while she’s sleeping. She responds to getting smothered by gently removing the cat from her face and… throwing it out the second-story window. Awesome
Alison goes outside to investigate whether the cat is dead and Rip scratches her leg but the wound draws no blood. The following morning, Alison finds herself craving tuna fish. At practice that night, she thinks she can land on all fours, so she jumps from the roof of the auditorium onto the stage. Alison’s cattiness gets worse, as she hacks up a furball. She also starts licking the back of her palms like a cat.
Thank god it’s not a boy, or there would be way more ball licking.
That night, she races off to confront Crystal about Rip. She is shocked to hear that Alison has killed her cat two more times and warns her to watch out, as Rip only has nine lives and he’s now used up lives six through eight. Alison promises to avoid another cat-astrophe, but soon a strange force compels her towards a pet semetery- I mean cementary.
Also Ryan shows up and follows Alison to the pet cemetery. Alison walks among the gravestones until she comes across the tombstone. I snicker at the fact that the stone most likely says “R.I.P Rip”. She gets on her hands and knees and starts digging up the cat’s grave.
Alison finally digs up the cat coffin and opens it to find… the corpse of Rip, which springs out of the coffin and attacks her. Ryan draws her attention to the rumbling ground and smoke pouring out of the gravestones. Rip begins walking on his hind legs and commands the corpses of all the other cats out of their graves. The ghost cats are his slaves and he commands them to take the form of a giant black ghost cat tornado.
GHOST. CAT. TORNAO.
GHOST CAT TORNADO
The ghost cat tornado chases after Alison and Ryan as they race back to Crystal’s house. Alison ditches Ryan in the chase and convinces Crystal to let her in the house. The young girl finally agrees just as the swirling wall of cats reaches the front door. Crystal tells her they only have a few minutes before the kitty twister breaks in.
She whisks Alison to the other side of the house, insisting that only her mother can help them now. The two walk down the dark basement steps to meet her.
Crystal’s Mom turns out to be… half-cat herself! . See, Rip prolongs his life by stealing lives from humans. Every time he scratches a human, he takes away some of their life and replaces it with cat-life. Crystal’s mom did scientific experiments on all the cats from the graveyard and that’s why they’re now Rip’s slaves.. She also made a deal with Rip to be his sole human resource… provided that he didn’t harm her daughter.
However, cat mom reveals that she no longer has any human life to give Rip, so she’s sacrificing Alison to be his new living scratching post. So a mother is being tortured by a evil cat and forces herself to sacrice innocent to protect her daughter. Damn.
She tries to tell her it won’t be so bad, but somehow Alison is resistant to the idea of turning into a horrible half-cat creature.
The ghost cat tornado breaks into the house, led by Rip, who walks on his hind legs down the stairs. Ryan shows up just in time to get scratched by the evil walking cat. All hope seems lost until Alison remembers that she has a toy mouse with her. She throws the mouse to the ground right in front of Rip. All the ghost cats turn their attention to the mouse and attack, killing Rip for the ninth and final time in the process, and the ensuing chaos causes the tornado to disappear. Crystal’s Mom, and Crystal come out and they all hug, finally glad to be free of Rip’s tyranny.
The next day, Alison is going to school. She spots ryan. He turns and…a mouse is in his mouth. So Allison-
“Hey, give it to me! I saw it first”.
Good, straight ending. nice
TV Episode: Yep, two 2000 books got an ep. Bride of the living dummy got one, but I have not read that book.
Remember how I said the deep trouble episode was In name only? You ain’t seen nothing yet!
The writers decided to make the set up COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! Instead, Allison and Ryan are child actors in a movie called, you guessed it, Cry of the cat, oddly enough, the in ep movie is said to be based on a book.
Oh, and the director is a hammy hilarious delight. Just sayin’. Also he has a stuffed bunny. Yes.
Okay, to be fair…the basic story is the same. Rip, crystal, the mom,. It’s all there. Infact…my only complaint Is doing the whole actor thing when it wouldn’t too different if they did it straight./
To be more fair, this episode is quite good. It does the basic story quite well with the changes, and becomes maybe better than the book! Also, this line
“my mom is a scientist”
Also, no ghost cat tornado. Instead..
Ghost. Cat. FIREBALL
THAT’S EVEN BETTER
Anyway, at the end, …it turns out the whole thing was their movie and they were watching. K
Then Allison complains about the lack of twist ending. Self aware, much?
Then Ryan turns around with a mouse in mouth. “I love a good twist”
Don’t know what to make of that…but still, it’s a surprisingly good episode. I don’t expect any less from the director of camp nightmare!
Notable Lines: none
Useless Fact: in the ep, Allison is Iris from Calling all Creeps. Nice.
This one was good. Interesting story, some creepy moments, and of course GHOST CAT TORNADO! This book is insanely awesome, but still takes time for character development and decent writing. This sums it the good parts of series 2000. It stays true to the original series, while giving us something new. I say this is Among the best series 2000 has to offer
Since we saw the book with the best parts of series 2000…what book has the worst?
Next time. Next time…