We're discovered Goosebumps over a year ago on Netflix, and watched all of the old episodes in quick succession. We were binge-watching. I found them fascinating. They are really bizarre - most of the time there is no happy end at all, as you would expect in films for children. A boy is turned into a rabbit by the evil magician, and stays like that... Another boy "deletes" his nasty little sister from life by the use of the magic clock, travelling back in time... The family moves into what appears a haunted house but actually the whole town is populated with mutants...
The series based on R.L.Stine's books are pretty scary and disturbing. Eddie and I watched together, and often he moved to sit on my lap just in case.
The special effects are very dated but there is a certain charm in the lack of the latest technology. Being so simple, it makes it more sinister. Anyway, we enjoyed the bizarre world of Goosebumps, and were thrilled to find out that the feature film was coming on big screens and later DVDs.
Goosebumps film (2015) is based on the same book series as the original TV adaptations. It was directed by Rob Letterman and written by Darren Lemke. It stars Jack Black in a triple role, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and others whom I've never heard of before either.
The story starts when a young teen Zach arrives to a small town with his Mum. He's unhappy to leave a big city, but quickly makes new friends at school, and also meets a pretty girl next door called Hannah.
Hannah's Dad is not happy about their friendship. Zach learns that the aggressive Dad is the famous author R.L.Stine who created the bestselling Goosebumps series.
Stine's imagination is so strong, that all the monsters he has created, come alive, and need to be kept locked in their books. Accidentally, the books get unlocked, and all the hell is unleashed...
There are the creepy gnomes, the Abominable Snowman, mutant plants, haunted car, Giant praying mantis, Slappy the Dummy and a lot of other evil characters... And the action kicks off...
Being fans of Goosebumps, we enjoyed the film. It's funny, entertaining, creative and will keep you on tenterhooks till the very end. And the delightful end promises the sequel.
If you haven't seen it yet, you might enjoy watching it during this midterm break week on the run to Halloween.
Earlier this year, in May, we took part in the Goosebumps Twitter party, when a whole lot of bloggers watched the film with their families at the same time, tweeting along their thoughts. It was great fun.
And we had our photos turned into movie posters too.
Are you going to watch any scary movies on Halloween?