Looking back at our time as kids, nothing scared us more than aliens and monsters from R.L. Stine’s infamous children’s horror fiction novels, “Goosebumps“. As a result, some of us grew up obsessing over all things spooky and scary while the rest refused to sleep with the lights off at night.
Stine’s “Goosebumps” series was the main source of terror for 90s kids, but the stories are being brought to a whole new light through its film adaptation by Rob Letterman.
Starring Jack Black, “Goosebumps” is an upcoming horror comedy based on R.L. Stine’s children’s horror fiction novel series of the same name. However, it will not be based on a specific book from the series as it will feature all the fictional creatures that creeped us out when we were kids.
Black himself is playing a fictionalised version of Stine, with Odeya Rush and Dylan Minnette starring as Stine’s daughter Hannah and teenager Zach Cooper respectively.
The official synopsis is as follows:
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.
“Goosebumps”, which was also adapted into a TV series, is one of the most popular horror anthology children’s series in the 90s. From the extraterrestrials that disguised themselves as Jack O’ Lanterns on Halloween to a family who’d later find themselves at a monster-ran theme park “Horrorland“, each and every episode of the series featured various kids’ bizarre encounters with aliens or monsters.
However, the movie will not frighten the guts out of you as it is a horror comedy aimed at the younger audience. It is safe to say this film is watchable even for the faint-hearted.
The big screen adaptation of Stine‘s classic YA books also stars Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Jillian Bell, and Ryan Lee.
Watch the trailer below:
“Goosebumps” is slated for release on 14th October 2015.