Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah, living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine, the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series.
It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange 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, its suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong to save the town.
There’s nothing path-breaking about Goosebumps, but it never bores. There’s an old-fashioned playfulness to the ‘horror’ scenes, and frankly I thought there were more laughs than scares. It’s one of those films that the family can watch together. Not a bad way to spend two hours.
The film, with the well-mounted CG villains - the werewolf, the abominable snowman, body squeezers - and its hair-raising playfulness, is a pleasure ride.
As an adult, you won't really be in love with the film. Through a child's eye, however, this is stuff you'd definitely want to catch at least once on the big screen.
As a standard children's adventure, this one is interesting enough but the horror part just doesn't stick.
Overall, director Rob Letterman's "Goosebumps", with some fine nuggets of direction, is a contrived tale, targeting the family audience this Halloween weekend. It is not too scary for children, but not too tame for the adults either.
If you are a fan of the Goosebumps series, this adaptation is a must-watch. Also, give it a shot for Jack Black who is exceptional.