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Max is kind, honest and sweet to everyone. He's also extremely loyal and caring towards his friends and the people he keeps close. He is also very smart and is a amateur magician.
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Mostly Ghostly is a series of novels written by bestselling children’s horror author R.L. Stine. The series is majorly targeted at middle school aged audience aged eleven and fourteen and revolves around an eleven-year-old boy named Max who ends up getting the abilities to see ghosts. Max then meets two kids who are turned into ghosts named Tara and Nicky who are trying to find their parents. They make Max a deal; if he helps them to discover how they died, they will help him get a better life. Unfortunately, they usually end up making things much worse, and despite this, Max tries to help them solve to figure out how the died and it’s during this mission that the three encounter some villains and some silly adventures.
Mostly Ghostly series has led to several film adaptations. First, the series was adapted into a 2008 horror comedy fantasy movie titled, Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out? The film was directed by Rich Correll and is based on the first book in the series, Who Let the Ghosts Out? and was released on 30th September 2008 on DVD and broadcasted on Disney Channel on 31st October 2008. Subsequently, a sequel to the 2008 movie Mostly Ghostly premiered in 2014. The horror comedy fantasy movie titled Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? was directed by Peter Hewitt and is based on the second novel in the Mostly Ghostly series. The third novel in Mostly Ghostly series was also adapted into a 2016 family, fantasy, horror film by the same name, directed by Ron Oliver, the film stars Sophie Reynolds, Jamie Kennedy, and Corey Fogelmanis.
Who Let the Ghosts Out?
Tara and Nicky, brother and sister, can’t figure out why no one else hears or sees them or why they can’t remember where they have been. When they go back to their house, they find out that another family lives there and they finally discover that they are ghosts.
Max also known as Brainimon resides in Tara and Nicky’s. He’s got problems of his own; his father wants to send him to a boarding school in order to toughen him so that he can be buff like his perfect elder brother, Colin. He has a crush on Traci but has zero hopes of ever getting her attention and not to mention, no one believes him. Max tries to make up for his problems by practicing his magic act and losing himself in video games. Nicky and Tara, decide to help out Max in exchange that he helps them to discover how they died and also what happened to their beloved parents.
Collin torments Max into walking a dog even though Max is scared of the family dog. On the first walk, Buster turns up inside out, and a ghost emerges and asks “Where are they? If you tell me where they are, I might let you live!’ The scary ghost name is Phears but who is he? What in the world does he want from Max? Max troubles peak when Nicky and Tara start appearing to him, and his parents think that he is crazy when he tries to inform them. No one in the family can see or hear the ghosts, and so when Max talks to them it gets him into big trouble or people believe that he is troubled. Max’s life becomes complicated with Nicky and Tara in it and mostly, the ghost’s efforts to help backfire resulting in more troubles to Max.
Who Let the Ghosts Out is a fast-paced narrative with quite likable characters, well-woven characters and plenty of cliffhangers that make it difficult to put it down. Max Doyle is the protagonist in the series. He is part psychic since he is the only person in his village with the abilities to see ghosts. Aside from being good friends with the ghosts, he is also what most people would call “normal kid.” in this first novel and other few books in the series, he is 11 years old but later turns 12 years. He is brave, but quite horrible at sports and also unpopular at school.
Then there is Nicky Roland, a young boy who lost his parents when Phears escaped ghost captivity and transformed his parents into ghosts. At first, he doesn’t seem to trust Ma but appears to like him in the later books in the series. He is 11 � years old. Tara is Nicky’s sister, and just like her brother, she is a friendly ghost. She instantly warms up to Max, and she tries to help Max, but in most cases, her efforts to help always ends up making everything worse. Tara is nine years old. Other characters include Collin Doyle, Max’s elder brother, who frequently abuses Max and embarrass him. He is very popular in athletics and unlike Max; he is very popular with girls at his school.
Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?
In the second book in Mostly Ghostly series, Tara and Nicky live in Max’s bedroom, and while they have finally found evidence, they still do not know what actually happened to their parents. In the meantime, Phears is also eager to get his hands on Tara and Nicky and pressuring Max to hand them over.
The setting of Have You Met Ghoulfriend takes place in Max’s room because where all the ghostly activities take place and also where the tunnel that Max’s wall leads to the ghosts haunting him except Tara and Nicky. Max discovers that there is a hole in his house wall that leads to something quite terrifying. The author adds more tension when Phears threatens Max that he would bring someone much stronger than him- so the readers keep on anticipating to finally “see” that ghost which is much stronger than Phears. The characters are beautifully crafted, the storyline flow well and the major theme in this book is to never give up regardless of the obstacles that one encounters in their journey. R.L. Stine adds new characters in this book to add more drama and make the book more interesting.
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Mostly Ghostly is a series of middle grade horror/comedy books by R. L. Stine . Lasting from 2004 to 2006, They center around Max Doyle who discovers that his house used to be home to two kids named Nicky and Tara Roland. Their ghosts appear one day, with no memory of how they died or where their parents went. Now Max must help them out while fighting various evil ghosts and other supernatural forces.
It consists of the following books:
- Who Let the Ghosts Out?
- Have You Meet My Ghoulfriend?
- One Night in Doom House
- Little Camp of Horrors
- Ghouls Gone Wild
- Let's Get This Party Haunted!
- Freaks and Shrieks
- Don't Close Your Eyes!
The first book was adapted to film in 2008, which lead to a sequel six years later . The third film was released two years after that, with no sign of a follow up as of this writing. The series is notable in that is one of the few R.L. Stine series to follow one specific group of characters instead of being an anthology, and it has a Myth Arc involving trying to find Nicky and Tara's parents and possibly bringing them back to life.
The books and the films provide examples of:
- Aborted Arc : While the books were able to resolve the arc with Nicky and Tara's parents , the thread of them finding a way to come back to life is left hanging. The films weren't fully able to resolve the main arc by the end of the third film, and it's unlikely a fourth will be made.
- His mother, thankfully, is much sweeter to him in the books and movies, is much more concerned whenever something bad would happen to him, and always stands up to him whenever his brother would tease him (though not so much with his father, which might imply much). However, as well as her intentions may be, she is still indifferent at times, standing up for his brother instead when the two argue despite it most often being the fault of the older brother, and as with everyone else, not believing him either whenever he would ramble about ghosts.
- Actor Allusion : The first film wasn't the first time that David Deluise played a dad with a son named Max who does magic.
- Adapted Out : Max's friend Aaron does not appear in the films.
- Adaptation Amalgamation : The third film takes the "Max possibly moving away" subplot from the Ghouls Gone Wild book.
- Adaptational Dumbass : While Traci in the books wasn't a genius, the film has her as a bit more of an airhead.
- Adaptational Heroism : The berserker ghoul in Have You Met My Ghoulfriend was simply a mindless evil ghoul, while the film not only makes it a woman but gives her a bigger role and ultimately makes her a good guy who was being manipulated by Phears.
- Adaptational Early Appearance : Nicky and Tara's parent don't physically appear until Little Camp of Horrors , the fourth book, but appear in the third film.
- Adaptational Expansion : The books were thin enough that plot elements were added to the films to make the stories a bit more complex. One Night in Doom House in particular mostly just keeps the basic skeleton of the plot and adds in everything else.
- Adaptational Nice Guy : Max's father is a bit kinder to him in the films, and even comes to respect his magic hobby by the end of the first movie.
- Adaptational Ugliness : The books describe Max's father as a strong and muscular man. In the films, he is played by David DeLuise , Eric Allen Kramer, and Peter DeLuise , none of which are strong or muscular.
- Adaptation Induced Plothole : Of a sort. How Phears and his ghouls were captured is not fully explained until the third book, leaving the films to create their own version for the second film. So when time came to do the third movie, they just used the book's explanation, which to people who only watched the movies will come across as an odd contradiction.
- Adults Are Useless : The adults, like everyone else, can't see the ghosts and thus are of not much help to Max at all.
- Big Bad : Phears in the first four books and all the films.
- Big Brother Bully : Colin, who is a jock like his father and is always picking on Max.
- Birthday Episode : Let's Get this Party Haunted , where Max gets angry at Nicky and Tara for always getting him in trouble and doesn't invite them to his party.
- Chekhov's Hobby : In Little Camp of Horrors , Max tells us he has been into anagrams recently and explains what they are. This becomes important when he discovers that Phears name is an anagram for his real name .
- Composite Character : The second film removes Traci and replaces her with Cammi, who fulfills the role Traci played in the book. Additionally, Phears takes the role that Mr. Morgo had in One Night in Doom House
- Demoted to Extra : Mr. Morgo is the main villain in the One Night in Doom House book but in the film he only appears at the beginning and end.
- Deadpan Snarker : Max always has a sarcastic quip for everything.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation : An interesting example. Phears didn't "die" in the books until Little Camp of Horrors and it by saying his real name. In the films, he dies in in One Night in Doom House from having his life pod smashed, while he wasn't in that book at all.
- Disney Death : In One Night in Doom House , Nicky and Tara are seemingly "killed" during the battle with the villain, only to show up back at Max's house .
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones : Phears might be a sadistic and cruel ghost, but he has a pet cat he cared for. Max takes advantage of this to defeat him in the second book.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip : Freaks and Shrieks has Max switching brains with a monkey in order to find out what it knows, as it was the only one to see what happened to Nicky and Tara's parents when Phears escaped their lab.
- Friendly Ghost : Nicky and Tara sometimes make fun of Max, unintentionally putting him in very humiliating situations, but otherwise are pretty nice and helpful to him.
- Ghost Amnesia : In the first book/film, Nicky and Tara appear in front of Max's house with no memory of their death, and wondering why someone is living in what used to be their house.
- Halloween Episode : The very first book and film were one.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl : Max's father is a big strong beefy man while his wife is skinny and frail.
- I See Dead People : Max is the only one who can see the various ghosts.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son : Mr. Doyle is a sports obsessed muscular guy while Max is a nerdy kid who is into magic.
- Large Ham : Brian Stepanek is clearly having fun playing the over the top evil Phears.
- Our Ghosts Are Different : Despite being ghosts, Nicky and Tara can be hurt. They also disappear at random times after using too much energy.
- Mad Scientist : Dr. Smollet in Freaks and Shrieks, who worked for Phears and pretended to know the Rolands so he can captured Nicky and Tara and use them as bait to draw in their parents.
- Never Sleep Again : Don't Close Your Eyes! involves a ghost named Inkweed haunting Max and planning to do horrible things to him when he falls asleep, so Max has to struggle to stay away until he can find a way to stop it.
- Playing with Fire : Mr. Morgo in One Night in Doom House is a fire ghost that can bring the heat to melt things and even people.
- Promoted to Love Interest : Traci and Max end up together by the end of the film, while in the book this didn't happen and they don't get much closer in the other books. They break up by the time the second film rolls around though.
- Running Gag : There's one where Max is constantly talking to Nicky and Tara out in the open, leaving others to think he's talking to him and they usually take what he says as an insult.
- Shout-Out : Stine says the concept of the series was inspired by Topper .
- Significant Anagram : Phears' name turns out to be one for his real name, which is Serapah, which means angel. Saying it out loud is how he is defeated.
- Switching P.O.V. : The books sometimes switch to Nicky's point of view, and Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? even had one from Phears' POV. Freaks and Shrieks briefly has chapters from the POV's of a monkey and the villain scientist.
- The mother loves both her sons, thank goodness, but always stands up for Max whenever Colin would bully him, as she hates bullying, and Colin when he and Max would argue (she would disbelieve Max as well as everyone else whenever he would ramble about ghosts).
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MOSTLY GHOSTLY: WHO LET THE GHOSTS OUT
Originally produced by Magik Theatre
This hilarious, spooky story is from Mr. Stine’s latest series, Mostly Ghostly . It’s the story of Max Doyle, a 10-year-old boy whose ambition is to be the world’s greatest magician. His family moves into a house haunted by the former inhabitants, Nicky and Tara Roland, two ghosts the same age as Max who enjoy playing tricks themselves. Since no one else can see the ghosts, Max’s life is turned upside down whenever the two apparitions appear. You’ll laugh till your sides hurt when Max performs his Christmas magic show at school, only to have his two new friends show up and ruin every trick he tries to perform. Max soon finds out that Nicky and Tara are being chased by an evil ghost named Phears and it’s up to Max to help the Rolands escape a ghostly fate!
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- From best-selling author R.L. Stine comes the next spooktacular chapter in the Mostly Ghostly series. Max Doyle must find an enchanted gem to stop an invasion of evil spirits.
- To raise money for his girlfriend's school dance crew competition, magician Max conducts a public seance. Despite Nicky and Tara supplying genuine spectral thrills, all believe it to be Max' trickery, including Cammie (who, thereafter, breaks up with Max), when the ghost of a French maid butts in, leaving info in finding Nicky and Tara's missing parents. Since Nicky and Tara have complained about Max treating them more as pets than friends, Max turns to a famed ghost hunter (shooting a TV episode in town) for help, only to discover him a charlatan. Because of the shoot site, Phears the ghost demon ably takes possession of the pseudo ghost hunter to re-try releasing his evil ghost army upon the world. The discovery of a dark crystal in Max' house (which Max uses to try buying back Cammie's affections) becomes the linchpin to Phears' success, with fame, siblings, a rival suitor and an anxious choreographer only getting in the way. — statmanjeff
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R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House
2016, Fantasy/Horror, 1h 29m
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One enchanted jewel stands between Earth and an army of evil spirits led by Phears, a devious ghoul. With the help of his new girlfriend and ghost pals, Max Doyle races to find the crystal and save the world.
Rating: PG (Scary Images|Mild Language|Action)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Original Language: English
Director: Ron Oliver
Producer: Yvonne Bernard , Arthur Cohen , Steven Stabler
Writer: Ron Oliver
Release Date (Streaming): Sep 6, 2016
Runtime: 1h 29m
Production Co: Commotion Pictures
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Beaumon shared the big screen with Brian Stepanek as the evil ghost, who tortures Max in hopes of finding the ghost siblings, Phears, Luke Benward as Max's friend who becomes frightened when realizing he's a ghost, Nicky, and Madison Pettis as Nicky's brave sister and ghost, Tara.
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Based on the successful book series by R.L. Stine, this spooky tale finds 11-year-old Max making a deal with the ghosts who haunt his home. If Max helps them find what was responsible for their parents' disappearance, they'll help him transform from a social nobody to the most popular kid in school.
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