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Goosebumps - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Oct 15, 2018 - 9:33:49 AM

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Goosebumps - A kid-friendly romp that is a fast paced tale with just enough humor to keep it from being too scary for younger viewers new to the idea of horror.

The Stories Are Alive

A writer of young adult horror books must team up with his daughter and her teenage friends to stop the monsters who have escaped from his manuscripts. Together they must find a way to keep the creations of his imagination from destroying the town they now call home.

R.L. Stine is the creator of the Goosebumps franchise with the secret that all of the monsters he has created are real and trapped in the original manuscripts waiting to be freed. Hannah Stine is R.L. Stine’s daughter who has been forced to move with him to a new town every time someone gets too close to finding out the truth. Zachary Cooper has just moved to Madison, Delaware after his mother becomes the vice-principal of the local high school and he quickly forms a bond with his next door neighbor Hannah. Slappy the Dummy is a living ventriloquist puppet who has escaped the manuscript he was trapped in and has stolen the rest of them with plans to release all the monsters kept in each one.

Goosebumps refreshingly finds a happy medium between wholesome nostalgia and modernistic sensibility that I was not expecting it to successfully pull off.  This is a fun family film that captures the mix of humor and horror that made the 90s tv series so much fun to watch and the books the episodes were based on so much fun to read. Robert Letterman  gets another chance to direct Jack Black and this time I think he is able to get a performance out of him that is more in line with the tone of the film he is in. If there is a stand out in this flick it has got to be Ryan Lee as Champ who brings a giddy excitement to every scene he is in even when he is complaining about the horror situation he finds himself opposing. Robert Letterman  gets another chance to direct Jack Black and this time I think he is able to get a performance out of him that is more in line with the tone of the film he is in. It was cool seeing the actual Robert Lawrence Stine make a cameo appearance at the end of the movie which hearkened back to the television show. The effects on this motion picture are very hit and miss but I must say that their heart is in the right place with the monsters leaping from the page. I rate this movie a rating of 3 out of 5.

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