R.L. Stine's Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls Review
Synopsis:Teenage friends must resist the spell of an evil showman staging a house of horrors show in their small town.
R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls (2015) is an American comedy horror movie that Peter DeLuise (Stargate SG-1 (1997), 21 Jump Street (1987), 16 Wishes (2010), Zapped (2014)) did a fabulous job directing. The Cabinet of Souls was a great family movie to watch with my children - my entire family enjoyed this movie and had watched it a few times. The movie contains numerous scary images throughout the film, some violence, rude/crude humor, carnival, Halloween, temptress, demon, werewolf, witch, vampire, holy water, evil clown, flying broom, bullying, chainsaw, zombie, rat, evil laugh, transformation, and Jack o’lantern. The movie was beautifully shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with a few astonishing sceneries. I will add this film to our list of family-approved movies on our web page.
Kellen (Braeden Lemasters - Easy A (2010), The Stepfather (2009), A Christmas Story 2 (2012)) and Beth are teenagers in a small town. Beth (Dove Cameron - Liv and Maddie (2013), Cloud 9 (2014), Descendants (2015)) and Kellen has known each other since little kids. Kellen would like to be more than friends with Beth but does not have the courage to tell her. The duo is friends with Luke (Casey Dubois - Snakes on a Plane (2006), The Final Cut (2004), Are We There Yet? (2005), Cheats (2002)) and Nicole. Nicole (Tiffany Espensen - Repo Men (2010), Hop (2011), Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures (2011), Earth to Echo (2014)) and the gang never misses the annual Halloween festival. Dr. Hysteria (Andrew Kavadas - Underworld: Evolution (2006), The Accused (1988), The 13th Warrior (1999), Captain N: The Game Master (1989)) and his assistant Lilith mysteriously appears in town. They announced that they would open a new scary attraction. A new guy named Hunter (Ryan McCartan - Summer Forever (2015), Emma’s Chance (2016), Liv and Maddie (2013)) also appears in town and makes Beth suspicious of him.
Things soon started to spiral out of control as Kellen began seeing Lilith (Katherine McNamara - Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), New Year’s Eve (2011), Girl Vs. Monster (2012), Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016)) who is extremely kind to him, too nice. Beth started to spend more time with Hunter resulting in Kellen and Beth spending less time together. It did not take long for people from the town began to disappear as they visit Dr. Hysteria’s Hall of Horrors. Dr. Hysteria’s main objective is to capture the souls of the innocent sweet teenagers in his hall of madness so that he can use their souls to rejuvenate him. All this lunatic has to do is show the teenagers a screen where they will see their fantasies come true, and those that are weak will give in and lose their soul.
I gave this movie a seven because the images were sharp and clear and the storyline was perfect as well as the setting. This storyline would do well in the adult horror world if it were to be remade into a gory, creepy film with excellent CGI and actors, just imagine!! Back to this movie, the entire cast did a convincing job with their roles, and the four main friends were likable/sweet. The twists and suspense kept me entertained, and the teenage storyline kept my children entertained, so it was a win-win movie.
About R.L. Stine's Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls (2015)
AKA: R.L. Stine's Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls
Runtime: 85 minutes
Total Avg. Votes: 13
Writers: Billy Brown, Dan Angel
Director: Peter DeLuise