Growing up, I was an avid reader of “Goosebumps”. A light horror series for kids, the books taught me to never trust rubber masks and that all puppets were evil. Especially the ones used by ventriloquists. Bastards.
Written by R.L Stine, the books were perfect for kids. Really, it was light horror without the need for mental scarring, like that one time I read Tommyknockers on a dare when I was in school. Didn’t sleep for a week.
And it’s those books which are getting the feature film treatment in the titular Goosebumps movie. And much like the books themselves, the trailer has a perfect tone right here. Check it:
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series.
It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books.
When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong. Directed by Robert Letterman. Screenplay by Darren Lemke. Story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski. Based on the Goosebumps Book series Published by Scholastic and written by R.L. Stine. Produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz.
That actually looks…fun. Huh. Great effects, a great cast and some humour which doesn’t reach for the toilet. I can get behind that. Goosebumps stars Jack Black as a fictional version of R.L. Stine, along with Dylan Minette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Ryan Lee, and Jillian Bell. Rob Letterman directs, with the film out on October 16.
Last Updated: July 9, 2015