There’s a strong chance that if you were anywhere near a school library in the 90’s, you read a Goosebumps book or saw the TV show. They were always borrowed out to some kid who you knew wasn’t going to read them and were one of the first series (of my generation) that crossed the desks of both boys and girls.
To be honest, it’s a bit bizarre that we haven’t had a Goosebumps movie already– I’m sure there have been TV-movies, maybe a few spinoffs, but nothing of this caliber. And by caliber, I mean a full, studio, legit movie that actually looks good.
Starring Jack Black (School of Rock), Halston Sage (Bad Neighbours), Dylan Minette (Prisoners, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour), Odeya Rush (The Giver) and Ken Marino (Veronica Mars), Goosebumps features a group of teens who team up to save the town after R.L Stine’s imaginary demons are let loose on a small town.
I like the way this story is formed – movie adaptions of books rarely acknowledge that there’s prior material other than skipping parts out that those who have read the books know about, but this time Goosebumps actually has the author, R.L. Stine, as a starring character (and you know Jack Black will be great in this role. Who does kooky better?).
It’s the Hocus Pocus for this generation – without the musical numbers and Bette Midler being flawless – and in the US, has been pushed back for release to coincide with Halloween. Here in Oz though we have to wait until 26th December – Merry Christmas, here’s a zombie.
Get around it, whether it’s for a trip down memory lane or simply to see a great, fun, scary film – it’s Goosebumps and the stories are alive.