Remember that time in your life when reading one of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps would keep you up all night?
Well get ready to have Stine-induced insomnia because his world-renowned books have come to life on the big screen. Gee, thanks, Rob Lettermen for giving life to the books that gave children everywhere nightmares.
But the movie actually isn’t that scary. It’s much like the movie Hocus Pocus. They both are the same type of movie – a children’s scary/horror film.
Even though Goosebumps is technically classified as an action fantasy movie and Hocus Pocus is a fantasy movie, the two movies both have similar features.
Jack Black portrays R.L. Stine in the PG-rated film, and brings his signature style to this fun horror film. Black is best known for films like School of Rock (2003), Nacho Libre (2006), and the Kung Fu Panda series.
With Black’s comedic timing and stellar acting from other cast members, this movie doesn’t disappoint. It is well on its way to becoming a Halloween classic.
Stine’s books were known for many creepy, scary things. So, what all made the cut? Well there are clowns, werewolves, haunted cars, invisible children, evil gnomes, giant bugs and so much more. But one of Stine’s monsters plays a role as a main character in the film, and he doesn’t like to be called Dummy.
The film begins with a newly single mom and her high school aged son, Zach Cooper (portrayed by Dylan Minnette) moving into town. Like in most scary movies, the main character sees a girl next door, Hannah (portrayed by Odeya Rush), who catches his attention. Then her dad, R.L. Stine, gives the boy a warning to stay away. Of course, the boy chooses to ignore the father’s warning, which leads to the freeing of terrible monsters.
Also, the movie features the typical character who is fun, loveable, and goofy, played by the Texas actor Ryan Lee, whose last lead role was in Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Super 8.
Lee’s character’s name is Champion, but he is more of the town klutz. He immediately becomes friends with Zach.
Of course, he thinks this is going to be a normal friendship, but instead leads to a wild night of hunting monsters.
By the end of the film, the chump becomes a champ.
Overall, this is a wonderful film. It makes you feel like a child all over again, with references to the books and even including the author of the books, R.L. Stine.
In an interview on the morning talk show LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Black stated, “R.L. Stine is nothing like the way I portray him in the movie. He is actually a really sweet, nice guy.”
This movie will make you shiver with your childhood fears, but cry and laugh all at the same time. It is a perfect movie for a night out with friends that everyone will enjoy.