Goosebumps is a story of a young teenager Zach (Dylan Minette) who moves to a small town of Madison, Delaware with his mother, Gail (Amy Ryan) the new vice principal of Madison High School while still grieving over his father’s death. He meets Hannah (Odeya Rush) an adorable girl who lives next door with his weird and mysterious father “Mr. Shivers” (Jack Black).
Mr. Shivers warns him to stay away from them. One night, Zach hears Hannah screaming after having an argument with her dad. Concerned that Hannah might be in danger, Zach break into their house with his new nerdy friend, Champ (Ryan Lee) and find a wall of manuscripts of the Goosebumps books each with lock. And when they accidentally open one of the books, the Abominable Snowman of Pasadena steps out of its pages and come to life.
Zach soon learns that Hannah’s dad is the R.L Stine himself, the authors of the Goosebumps collection stories for kids and that he created those monsters when he was a child to cope with severe bullying. But, these creatures came to life and became uncontrollable, so he had to keep them locked inside the manuscripts.
Returning to the house, Stine and the kids discover that another book is open then Slappy the Dummy, the villain of Night of the Living Dummy, show up. He is angry about being trapped and goes on unleashing the creatures from all the other stories. Slappy burns the manuscript to make sure the monsters can always roam free. R.L. Stine and the kids should find a way to put the monsters back into the book as the monsters begin destroying the small town.
Goosebumps as a horror comedy film is crazy, witty and frantically funny. It’s intended not to be scary or serious but designed to be a perfect family-friendly Halloween movie. The plot isn't complicated although it moves too fast. But it just sustains the excitement and makes no dull moments. The performance of the whole cast is outstanding with good chemistry. Jack Black is believable, he is actually great! And the three main kids are very good as well. Dylan Minette, Odeya Rush and Ryan Lee bring charms and make the characters likeable. The visual effects are not that great but good (Goosebumps can be enjoyed much when viewed in 2D). Awesome musical score that suits the mood of the film.
Overall Goosebumps, with its nostalgia charm and witty humor is a great must see Halloween movie that is entertaining for kids, teens and families as well.