Listen up 90s kids! On July 7th, 2015, a poster for the upcoming adaptation of the 90s book series GOOSEBUMPS was released. The movie is directed by Rob Letterman, and stars Jack Black as the author R.L. Stine, Odeya Rush as his daughter Hannah, and Dyaln Minnette as the main character Zach. In this adaptation, Stine’s monsters quite literally take on a life of their own. The Daily Dead lists the synopsis:
“In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.”
As someone who grew up not only loving the books, but also the television series of the same name (and by loving I mean I cowered in the hallway and watched it from behind the corner), I can’t say how excited I am to see the movie finally coming together after hearing so little news about it during production. Watching and reading GOOSEBUMPS was one of my introductions to the horror genre, and thanks to it and shows like ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK and TALES FROM THE CRYPT, I developed a strong love of horror anthologies that I still hold to this day.
The poster itself seems to have some fan favorites on it, including Slappy from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY, the giant robotic praying mantis from A SHOCKER ON SHOCK STREET, and a Jack-o-lantern head from ATTACK OF THE JACK-O-LANTERNS (and I’m only just now beginning to realize how on the nose a lot of these titles were). As someone who really appreciated the anthology series, I have to say that this film has a very WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE feel to it, in that it’s a meta look at the works as a whole, while still looking to deliver a multitude of the fan service, knowing exactly what drew people to the series in the first place. Only instead of having Freddy Krueger as a single monster that is unleashed to terrorize Heather Langenkamp, it is an entire army of monsters that are unleashed upon the world. I only hope that as all the monsters are running amuck that they manage to incorporate my favorites, THE HAUNTED MASK, THE SCARECROW WALKS AT MIDNIGHT, and THE PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM into the story in some way.
The movie is set to be released in theaters on October 16th, 2015.
What do you think of the poster? Are you excited to see some of your old favorite book characters on the big screen, or do you think the franchise is as dead as THE GHOST NEXT DOOR? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!
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