Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette
Available now on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital
Run Time: 103 Minutes
Rating: 4 Birds
After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets next door neighbor Hannah, the daughter of bestselling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine. Stine is very strange and mysterious and it turns out for good reason. 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.
Who didn’t love Goosbumps growing up? Book after book full of the crazy popular just-creepy-enough-for-tween tales that made checking one out at my school library more like the 74th Hunger Games than a quiet and reasonable event.
When I found out they were making a movie based on the books I was pumped. I think that the whole book world was really. Well, pumped and every so slightly terrified that they would ruin things. You know, because that’s how we feel about every single book that jumps to the screen, be it big or small.
I was pleasantly surprised with how they managed this one, I mean with over 100 books in the Goosebumps series (and that’s just the original series) how could they possibly manage to do it justice. Well with brilliance – they simply plucked the biggest, baddest and most loved villains from the books and brought them all to life. You see, each Goosebumps manuscript is loved in R.L. Stine’s office, containing the monster within.
You can guess what happens next – nosy kid opens a book and all hell breaks lose as all the books get opened in a series of terrible events. The movie races to the end with R.L. Stine, his daughter Hannah and the outcast boys from school Zach and Champ find they have to work together to contain all the monsters…but will containing them mean they lose something even more important to them?
I watched this with my 6 year old and my 11 year old who both loved it. It’s more than family friendly and I highly suggest it for the Goosebumps fan in us all!