In an old-fashioned “trapped-in-a-haunted-house” story, twins Riley and Scarlett receive an interesting assignment from their teacher, Mrs. Stermon. Everyone in class needs to do a documentary video about an adventure, something exciting that they experienced.
Mrs. Stermon gives them a suggestion, along with their friends Carter, Lee, Danitia, and Mia. She shows them a brochure about a scary old house on the edge of town, called Shudder Mansion. “If you six kids and your parents can stay there overnight, you’ll all get A’s,” says the teacher. “I’ll even give you extra credit.”
Just how scary is Shudder Mansion?
You know what’s better than a empty house? A Haunted House! However this isn’t just an ordinary one. For us more into the horror genre when it comes to movies, this may remind some of a few things. Like Stay Alive where people played a game that became reality, and for those that like Creepypasta. This story will remind you of stories involving a Haunted Game Cartiage.
Riley is into myths, creatures, and legends from the sounds of how much he in grosses himself into the game, which is the same title as the book. Which the game is actually based off the house right in their town, just a few blocks away. And right off the back Riley starts to see shadows, cats and other things that remind him of the game, and how this could effect the outcome of ever stepping foot inside. While his sister, Scarlet introduces herself to Mia. A new girl on the block, who happens to have been in the back yard of Shudder Mansion.
While in class the teacher gets an idea for her class to have a “adventure” and document their “fun times”. She basically dares Riley to spend the night in Shudder Mansion, since he knows all about it from playing the game. As volunteers get picked and the “teachers pet”, Carter joins the team. They happen to plan equipment, while getting ready to tell their own parents. Riley and his crew are in for a time of their life, hopefully Riley can come out to start a blog, if not the recordings of the proof they need to show. Shudder Mansion is no joke just like the game.
In conclusion of this Haunted House story. R.L. Stine starts to show off his more known “happier” endings, in which Slappy would even applaud. I like the idea of the whole “Haunted Video Game” style which also had a modern take with kids having their own cell phones. In which inside the Mansion, service isn’t on there side. I applaud once again for Joe Fria, voice of Slappy. While Matt Braver who did the narration of the characters did an amazing job. Escape from Shudder Mansion is definitely my favorite story within the Goosebumps Slappyworld universe. Hopefully it’ll be one of yours too!