I’m sure you’ve all read at least one of R.L. Stine’s books or you’ve at least heard of the popular book series that’s known as ‘Goosebumps’. Now the books are sort of getting the feature film treatment in the new movie with the same title.
The film follows Zach, a teenager who moves from New York to the town of Madison, Delaware. However, the girl next door named Hannah introduces herself to Zach, although Hannah’s father quickly breaks up the two, telling Zach to keep away from his house and his daughter. Zach wants to learn what secret the father is hiding, and finds plenty of manuscripts of classic ‘Goosebumps’ stories, that literally come to life.
The premise of the film may not be what purists of the ‘Goosebumps’ series wanted, however if you are a fan, you might find some enjoyment, finding references to the books and characters that find their way out of their respective books.
The film actually has some good performances, they are not Oscar performances, but seriously, you are not going into this movie for award potential. What I mean is that the acting performances provide a lot of fun and entertain you, much alike other family films that provide good performances such as ‘Bridge of Terabithia’ or ‘High School Musical’. I did enjoy Jack Black’s performance as the creator of the series R.L. Stine, and actually provides some emotion and reason of his mysterious appearance. The characters of Zach and Hannah had some good chemistry for a family film, and the character of Slappy provided a fun and scary villainous portrayal.
There are some problems such as the story, it ventures off to other locations that just derails the story just to see this monster from a ‘Goosebumps’ book to interact with the film’s main characters, however while provide some fun, you kind of wish the story didn’t stall.
Concluding, ‘Goosebumps’ is a good horror comedy for families to enjoy, providing fun, humorous dialogue, some emotion present and a twist and turn that what makes these books so incredibly popular.
‘Goosebumps’ is a scary fun good time.