Upcoming ‘Goosebumps’ Film Looks to Bring Nostalgia to Fans of Series


Reader beware…you’re in for a scare!

Any horror fan in their 20s’ or early 30s’ will remember R.L. Stine’s series of horror novels aimed at the youth of the 90s’, from primary school readers to adolescents. With titles like Egg Monsters from Mars and Monster Blood and series staple Say Cheese and Die!, thousands of young readers were captivated by these tales that would ultimately lead them deeper into the heavy hitters of the horror genre.

With the upcoming Goosebumps adaptation that’s about to hit the big screen many of those readers, now adults leading careers, families, etc., will be lining up at the ticket booth at their nearest cinema looking to relive those good ol’ days when they went toe-to-toe with the horrors at Camp Jellyjam or Slappy the Dummy. This looks to be a pleasant return down Memory Lane for the fans of the series when it was a top-seller over 20 years ago.

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The series itself wasn’t meant to be 100% terrifying; rather, it was meant to be fun in some cases. It was meant to be cheesy and a little campy. With the casting of Jack Black as R.L. Stine himself, the movie has a solid lead that will stay true to the stories, making it more of an adventure-horror-comedy that’s family friendly. Like the novels, this movie isn’t looking to be a heavy hitter.

Instead, it looks to be a film where the fans of the series in the 90s’ can take their kids and tell them, “This is what was into when I was your age.” I for one, have every intention of taking my eight-year-old daughter to see this movie once it is released on October 16. In turn, there is no doubt that the parents of these prospective fans will in turn dig out their old stash of Goosebumps stories and bestow them upon their children, hoping that the movie will have piqued their interest enough to read through the series.

Check out the trailer. All the monsters from the best stories are there. There’s the gnomes from Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes. There’s the mantis from A Shocker on Shock Street. The Pumpkinheads from Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns make an appearance. Of course, a Goosebumps movie isn’t complete without the star of the Night of the Living Dummy series, Slappy.

There are already talks of making a sequel to the movie with Black returning as Stine, and if this movie does the series justice (judging from the trailer it looks like that has been accomplished tenfold) a sequel will be very much welcomed. This movie is paying tribute to a very integral part in the childhood of the current fans of the horror genre. In turn we would do right by Stine and his legendary creations by going to see this movie.

Weigh in below on your take of the upcoming Goosebumps film.