A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware. (IMDb)
An uninteresting new kid in town narrative doesn’t get much of a boost from the main sci-fi plot: It’s one-note (get rid of the monsters!), poorly founded (“one day they became real!”), and doesn’t fulfill the potential of its meta aspects (Stine’s backstory was left to a couple lines). Meanwhile, Minnette is fine and Black has his moments, but Rush (love interest) is forgettable and Lee (quirky friend) is just plain bad and unfunny. Only the inept cops of two scenes manage to generate laughs.