“Goosebumps” film brings back childhood memories


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Jack Black stars in “Goosebumps” as writer R.L. Stine.

Stephanie Atchley


As a person who grew up reading the “Goosebumps” series, I did not expect the movie to match up to the books that I idolized when I was 8. I expected it to be a bad movie aimed for the interests of children. I was surprised when I found that the movie was pretty great because it captured the feeling of the “Goosebumps” series so perfectly that I was having flashbacks to my childhood.

The movie was aimed more towards teenagers who grew up reading the books. The movie had multiple eerie, suspenseful moments and even a few startling moments that made me jump, while also having many comedic scenes.

A teenage boy moves into a new town, not knowing that R.L. Stine and his daughter are living right next door. Stine keeps all of the “Goosebumps” books locked on a shelf. If the books are opened, the monsters become real by coming out of the books. The boy does not understand the strange occurences that he keeps noticing from his neighbors. He sneaks into the house, and opens a book, not realizing the huge mayhem that he just caused on the town.

Jack Black did a really good job at playing a scary R.L. Stine. A cameo appearance from R.L. Stine added to the appeal of the film. The movie had a perplexing plot with multiple surprising twists, but I would only recommend the movie to teenagers who read the books at a young age.  Children would not understand a lot of the jokes made.

I found that the movie was funny and different from most popular, modern movies because it was maintained the character of the series that was made for the nineties.