"I was so angry at the real world, that I created these monsters." ~ Goosebumps
Just back from viewing Goosebumps - this weekend's top anticipated movie release for families. Prior to seeing the film, the only knowledge I had of the Goosebumps franchise was that it is a very popular children's horror series written by R. L. Stine. Ironically, when my son was in second grade, the book covers alone scared him so we never experienced their magic. However, now 11 years old, he was won over by the trailers and his appreciation for the talents of Jack Black who portrays Stine and agreed to go see the film with me.
Black, Minnette, Rush, and Lee star in this horror comedy
Dylan Minnette was excellent as Zach, a high school student who moves from NYC to Madison, Delaware with his mom, played by Amy Ryan. They move next door to the mysterious and reclusive neighbor who turns out to be none other than the writer, R. L. Stine, and his daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush). When Zach thinks he witnesses suspicious activity occurring in the Stine home that threatens Hannah's safety, he and classmate, Champ (Ryan Lee), rush to her aid. Unfortunately, they stumble upon Stine's collection of locked Goosebumps books. They quickly learn that there is a reason the books are locked!
If you've ever wondered what it would be like if monsters escaped their books and became real, you are about to find out. The small, quiet town becomes overtaken by Stine's fictitious monsters and Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine must write their way out of the mess. From the Abominable Snowman to a giant praying mantis, from a werewolf to zombies - the film is filled with intense monsters that will have you holding on to the arms of your chair. It will also, ironically, have you laughing aloud as the cast delivers one humorous line after another.
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"Every story ever told can be broken down into three distinct parts: the beginning, the middle, and a twist." ~ Goosebumps
And the twist in this one is.......nah, you're going to have to see for yourself. Although not brilliant filmmaking by any means, Goosebumps is a fun family flick perfect for Halloween! My son and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. The film is rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images and for some rude humor. I would strongly caution parents not to bring children under the age of eight or nine. As they say in the film, these are not bedtime stories!
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