Goosebumps Movie Review

Like most people my age, I can specifically remember staying up late and hanging on to every word of an R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book. The Haunted Mask, Welcome to the Dead House, A Night in Terror Tower, One Day at HorrorLand, I read them all. The original Goosebumps series was a collection of sixty-two children books published from 1992 and 1997. They were the best things at those book fairs we had to go to during class in Elementary school.

Jack Black voices Slappy the Dummy in Goosebumps

Jack Black voices Slappy the Dummy in Goosebumps

Stine would be my gateway to horror-fiction, I had seen plenty of scary movies by that age, but I’d never read a horror story. Needless to say, I was hooked. Then came the television show, which I also enjoyed as a kid. But time came between me and the Goosebumps novellas. But years later, I would watch the trailer of a new movie, directed by Rob Letterman, that would bring all great memories back.

Goosebumps tells the story of Zach (Dylan Minnette), a kid who just moved to a small town with his mother. He isn’t excited about it, well that is until he meets his nosey next door neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush). But, he also quickly meets Hannah’s father (Jack Black) who constantly warns him to stay away from his house and his daughter. Fearful that Hannah could be in danger with her deranged father, Zach and his friend Champ (Ryan Lee) sneak in Hannah’s house. It is there they discover every single manuscript of the Goosebumps series, individually locked. Out of curiosity, they unlock a manuscript, which leads to them setting every monster and ghost out of the books free! Now, Zach, Champ, Hannah, and her father must team-up and put these creatures back where they belong.

I must say, leading up to seeing the new children’s horror-adventure, I was hesitant. But I’m glad to say that I enjoyed my experience—for the most part. I felt like I went on a grand adventure, just like the novellas made me feel years ago. It does have a few issues with pacing, and maybe it could have been cut maybe 15-20 minutes, but other than that, Goosebumps is a fun film for the entire family to enjoy. The movie is leading by charismatic actors, the story is creative and entertaining, and Jack Black is surprisingly in his element. But, it’s the creatures and the visual effects that bring them to life that truly make Goosebumps such a fun experience. This is especially true for all the fans of the books! It is a blast to point and recall which creature came from which story. Not to mention, that some of them are genuinely creepy.

There are creatures from A Shocker on Shock Street, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes, The Night of the Living Dummy, and plenty others! But, of course, one character stole the show—Slappy the Dummy! He was so awesome to watch, he surprisingly has such a presence, and he is perfectly voiced by Jack Black. The movie gives him a stronger purpose. He’s the darker side of Stine (Black) that he is trying to bury and forget, but Slappy isn’t going to let that happen without a fight. Watching Stine battle his creation is the highlight of this movie.

However, like usual, it’s the theme of the movie that won me over. Goosebumps is about books, reading, and imagination. It’s about the power of writing and how stories can have a profound effect on people. I liked the majority of the audience, was able to revisit my childhood and enjoy a story from R.L Stine once more time.

 2.5 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob Tiranno

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