Tonight’s film is the big screen adaptation of the Goosbumps books by R.L. Stine. If you grew up reading the books and liked the television series, I think you would appreciate this as an adult otherwise, it could be a little corny if you are older than 12. Zach, that deceptively buff nerd that we all went to school with moves with his mother to a small town in Delaware. He takes a keen interest in his next door neighbor Hannah but her nutty dad warns Zach that he has to stay away from Hannah and their house altogether. Being a teenage boy, Zach does the exact opposite but little does he know, Hanna’s dad is the author R.L. Stine and their house is packed with books keeping the ghouls and monsters of the Goosebumps books captive. Zach opens one of the books, unleashing the monsters into the real world and the group has to work together to put them back where they belong.
I thought that the movie was a ton of fun, it features a lot of the monsters from the original books like that freaking Slappy the Dummy, pee my pants. Jack Black was a convincing R.L. Stine and not terribly obnoxious and I thought it was a fun twist, like the characters were caught in the mind of R.L. Stine. Take it for what it is, a trip down memory lane but the television series actually has more of a creep factor.