Halloween is coming soon and fast and for those of you who are die hard child hood horror fans you're probably anticipating the release of Goosebumps in just two days. Based on the popular children's books by R.L. Stine, the movie has stirred up some debate between optimistic fans and skeptics. Well, let me put your mind at ease because Rob Letterman's Goosebumps is exactly what we've been waiting for.
The excitement sparking film comes with an impressive cast including Dylan Minette (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), Odeya Rush (The Giver), Ryan Lee (Super 8), Amy Ryan (Birdman), Jillian Bell (21 Jump Street) and Jack Black (School of Rock) staring as R.L. Stine himself. Back in 2014 Black and Letterman attended Comic Con to answer questions and give fans an idea of what to expect in the upcoming horror/comedy film.
During an interview at Comic con the two were asked about which of the beloved Goosebumps monsters would be featured in the film. Although they were not able to give a full list they gave us as many monsters as they could. From the given list, Slappy the ventriloquist dummy, the giant praying mantis, the werewolf, the abominable snowman of Pasadena, the invisible boy, and the gnomes were pulled to feature in the theatrical trailer. However, the monsters that didn't feature in the trailer but that we can still expect to see include a mummy, a witchdoctor, a clown, a scarecrow, a hooded executioner and many more.
With such a wide range of diversity among the chosen monsters for the film, one wonders how Letterman will meet our expectations visually. I know I among many childhood Goosebumps' books fans have high visual expectations, especially for that giant praying mantis. As per usual Jack Black provides us with the perfectly simple response that Letterman's "got the best people in the business on special effects." It's not the most convincing explanation but after seeing the theatrical trailer we can tell that Black wasn't kidding.
Further into the interview, Letterman was asked a very important question about the difficulty in the process of making a horror/comedy film. For fans of the series it is easy to understand why this is so difficult. Goosebumps books aren't quite at the level of scary as let's say Evil Dead but they're also not at quite the comedic level of perhaps Chevy Chase. Therefore, it is relatively easy to understand Letterman's challenge in making this film. It is also important to note a sort of sub level competition between other visual Goosebumps adaptations Like the R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series. Although, both strive to adapt the Goosebumps books and there is an underlying level of competition, Letterman helps to set his film apart as an entirely new story. By using R.L. Stine's books as inspiration Letterman strives to direct a whole new tale about not only the monsters but the author himself. However, still facing the challenge of horror versus comedy, Letterman explained that "the trick was just getting a take that could embrace all the different monsters from the books and put it all into one movie." Letterman also affirmed that they "don't undercut the scares at all, but [they] do play the comedy in between all the tension." Sounds good to me! Not convinced? Well, I suppose you'll have to head to the theaters on October 16th (I know I will) and check out all the crazy monsters, the subtle comedy, the nostalgic horror, and the special effects for yourself.
Check out the 2014 Comic Con Interview Below
And Check out the theatrical trailer for Goosebumps