When I think back to my childhood, I can clearly remember reading every single Goosebumps book that came out (even the "choose your own adventure" books) multiple times, my personal favorites being Monster Blood and The Horror At Camp Jellyjam. Goosebumps was great! As a 7-year-old, you don't get a whole lot of scary stuff to choose from in the library, so R.L. Stine's books really stood out to me and kept me engaged in reading at an age still too young to watch most scary movies (or so my parents thought - shhhh!).
Walking out of the grocery story the other day, I noticed that the Goosebumps movie was in the Redbox. My son loves the show and watches it all the time on Netflix, I thought that this would be a great scoop for a movie night with the kids. Jack Black playing R.L. Stine in a movie where his books come to life and wreak havoc?
Packed with laughs (between Jack Black and Ryan Lee, the humor worked on all levels), a few innocent jump scares, and awesome graphics, Goosebumps definitely met my expectations. I highly recommend it if you, like me, have trouble finding "scary" movies to watch with your youngsters. And also if you were a youngster yourself 20 years ago, tearing through page after page of Stine's spooky stories.
My only criticism of the movie is that the main protagonist could have been written a bit better. This little hiccup was overshadowed by Slappy the dummy coming to life and resurrecting all of Stine's monsters from his old books to wage war on Stine for keeping them locked up in the pages for decades.
Matt is a writer/filmmaker in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Follow me on Twitter @Matt_InTheWoods
Here's a sneak peek at what's in store should you decide to bring home Goosebumps tonight :