The stories are alive.

Jack Black is author RL Stine, writer of the Goosebumps horror books for kids, in this spooky family adventure that celebrates the series. Stars Dylan Minnette (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) as the new kid next door who teams up with Stine's niece after the writer's imaginary beasts are let loose in their small town.

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R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books never stuck to a single type of horror, with stories like The Werewolf of Fever Swamp dishing up traditional scares while The Cuckoo Clock of Doom introduced many kids (e.g. me) to their first existential crisis. A single movie could never capture every mood of every book, and thankfully the studio didn’t attempt a Goosebumps Cinematic Universe. Instead, we get this self-aware mix of humour and family-friendly horror that celebrates the series rather than exploits it.... More

The plot’s blueprint can be mapped out from various other films. Stine’s monstrosities come to life and break loose on the unwitting public, a la Ghostbusters. It’s up to our teen leads to “catch ‘em all,” like Pokémon. But in order to do that, Jack Black’s fictional Stine has to go Stranger than Fiction. There are also plenty of crowd shots that’ll have fans cameo-spotting as with Wreck-It Ralph. While it’s not hard to identify these potential inspirations, Goosebumps pieces them together so satisfyingly, you can almost hear them click into place.

It’s all in service of delivering fun set pieces that make creature-features worth watching. There’s a zombie attack, a massive yeti, a werewolf in sneakers, a giant mantis, killer plants, deadly gnomes, aliens, clowns, and way more. The movie throws it all at the wall, and it’s surprising how much sticks thanks to a script that is wittier than expected, earning meaty laughs in particular with fictional Stine’s disdain for being labelled ‘an amateur Stephen King’.

Goosebumps is a great way to introduce modern kids to the charms of B-movie horrors – just like the books were. It’s enough to forgive the plot holes and the weird implication of the main romance. Though the same can’t be said for the stereotypical Nerdy McNerdson sidekick.Hide

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BY thorinoak superstar

A fun filled, exciting family adventure filled with laughs and with child appropriate frights. Worth a watch.

This feature length adaptation of Goosebumps had the potential to be something special.

Unfortunately, it is a run of the mill action/adventure children's film. Being a massive fan of the books and the TV series, I was hoping for a new installment to the spooky franchise. However, instead of targeting the audience that grew up with the series,it has dumbed it down (even more than the original) and made it a very light family adventure film.

This monster adventure story may be great for... More children, but for those who grew up with the stories and hoping for something similar - you will be disappointed.Hide

BY Gaspardation superstar

I can't hear it.

Jumanji much? I'm sorry but the story is just that, repackaged. 2 stars for 2 dimensions.

BY JackWallace superstar

Goosebumps is a fun and enjoyable family movie. Entertaining monster action sequences. The CGI is pretty bad, and there's a lazy excuse for why the monsters in R.L Stine's books are coming to life. But nevertheless, good movie. Grade: B-

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The Press Reviews

73% of critics recommend.
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  • Nonstop mayhem follows in a stampede of comic terrors ready made for Halloween. Full Review

  • Translates R.L. Stine’s frighteningly successful young adult horror fiction series to the big screen with lively, teen Ghostbusters-type results. Full Review

  • There’s a streak of old-fashioned B-movie spooky playfulness here, and when actual, motivated characters are on screen it’s delightful. Full Review

  • Disposable product intended to appeal to everyone but likely to resonate with no one. Full Review

  • While kids will still have fun with this, it sadly lacks the imaginative capacity which should have been its strong point and would have made it a more endearing tribute to its source material. Full Review

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