Oh, what fools these actors be!
It was a horror movie that turned into real horror: Three young actors lost their lives while the cameras rolled. Production stopped, and people proclaimed the movie was cursed.
Now, sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire’s dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor, and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved.
At first, Claire laughs at Jake’s talk of ghosts and curses. He’s been too busy crushing on her best friend, Delia, or making out with that slut, Annalee, to notice that she’s practically been throwing herself at him. What does he know anyway? This is her big chance to be a star!
But then, Claire runs into a creepy little man named Benny Puckerman, and gets her hands on a real love potion! Unfortunately, the course of true love never did run smooth…
I’ve read a few R.L. Stine book a few years back and I like reading them, especially those Goosebumps stories. I like scaring myself once in a while and Stine’s work is always a good choice. So, I was pretty much excited to read this one since it used A Midsummer Night’s Dream as it’s inspiration or back bone. And look at the cover! Tell me it doesn’t grab your attention. It certainly did mine.
I actually had high hopes on this and it all started well with relating what happened to the old horror movie, Mayhem Manor, but turned into real horror as the actors died in a terrible manner while filming the scenes. And I was thinking, it really looks like it will be something good.
But then come to the present time and my hope was slowly going down. I can’t believe that I’m reading a Stine book. It was so far from what I remember his book would be. But even then, I keep going, thinking things will pick up. It didn’t. It gets worst. The main character, Claire, is so one dimensional and no progress. At all. And even the supporting characters are annoying. There’s nothing to like in anyone of them. Am I being harsh? Maybe. But I am so totally disappointed and frustrated how an interesting premise could turn into a disaster.
The story that should revolve around horror house and horror movie was turned into chasing a boy around with a love potion in her pocket. Throwing in the love potion just so it has a somewhat resemblance to the famed Shakespeare play ruined the already crumbling story. And what’s up with all the slut-shaming? That was just too much for me. And still, it surprised me that I managed to finish this book at all. This one should be a scary book but it fell short on that.
A Midsummer Nights Scream may not live up to my expectation but I will not give up on R.L. Stine. I’m hoping it is just a one-time off thing.
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