Jack Black Presents First ‘Goosebumps’ Trailer at Comic-Con 2014

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For those growing up in the mid-1990s, Goosebumps was the quintessential children’s book series. In 62 books about dummies, mummies, gnomes and various other monsters hiding in the most unlikely of places, author R. L. Stine took readers to strange new worlds where any number of crazy things could happen.

Stine has pretty much laid low since the series ended in 1997, though he has continued to write plenty of books, many even in the same universe. At SDCC 2014, he appeared onscreen momentarily to promote the new Goosebumps movie releasing next year.

Only two days after production wrapped, star Jack Black and director Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) were on hand at Comic-Con and shared the first trailer along with more details on the film’s meta storyline. As we’ve mentioned beforeGoosebumps will feature Black playing R.L. Stine himself, a writer who must keep his own stories locked up lest they escape and wreak havoc, which of course they will.

/Film was present at the panel, and they’ve relayed how Black told R.L. Stine about the role when they first met: “I’m gonna play you, but I can’t play you like you are. I need him to be more sinister. Creepy and crawly and scary.”

Goosebumps at Comic Con Jack Black Presents First Goosebumps Trailer at Comic Con 2014

Of course, the film isn’t just scary; it’ll have its own set of comedic moments like the original book series as you can see from the trailer description:

We see a vision of beautiful small town America. A new family moves into a house; creepy neighbors, the Stine family, live next door. When the boy (Dylan Minnette) sees a Rear Window-esque event next door, he breaks into the house. There he discovers the truth. The ultra popular author keeps the monsters he created locked up in his original manuscripts. The house, shrouded in dark shadows, is appropriately creepy.

The trailer then cuts to Stine and the kids driving in the town and a massive preying mantis attacks them. (It will be CG, but was seen here in a pre-viz render as the film is so far from release.) “I don’t remember writing a giant preying mantis,” Stine says. It spits on the car and THEN he remembers. Then we see them being chased by the Snowman of Pasadena. There’s a huge funhouse, a wolfman character, knife-throwing gnomes and then the ventriloquist dummy Slappy, who is the ringleader of all of the monsters. (That book was named as a favorite by both Black and Letterman.) A slew of additional action scenes were shown, making it seem like almost every single monster from the books is in the film.

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Essentially, it sounds like Goosebumps will have a Scary Movie sort of vibe, where nods to the many books are thrown out in a spoof kind of way. Fans of the series can expect to see a lot of their favorite books brought to life, and Black and Letterman let out a few hints about the film.

  • They don’t know how many monsters from Goosebumps are in the movie.
  • Some of the monsters are computer-generated, some use practical effects, and some will be a mix of both.
  • Because everyone loves Slappy from Night of the Living Dummy, he’s the lead villain. They think of him as R.L. Stine’s alter ego.
  • Fan-favorite book The Haunted Mask will be referenced, but Black and Leterman didn’t want to reveal too many spoilers about it.
  • Another fan-favorite book, Welcome to Camp Nightmare, will also be referenced.

There are many different ways to condense a years-long series into a movie, but this option seems like the best bet for capturing the original feel of the books and appealing to fans (rather than choosing a single story to adapt). And if the excitement at the end of the panel when around twenty Goosebumps monsters showed up is any indication, viewers will love seeing all their favorites return onscreen.

How about you, Screen Rant readers? Do you like what you hear? Which monsters are you hoping or excited to see?

Goosebumps opens in U.S. theaters on August 7th, 2015.

Source: /Film

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  1. Slappy as the ringleader? Very interesting. Seen the show about Slappy as a kid and he freak the hell out of me, him and Chucky.

  2. I’ve actually never read Goosebumps, but I am interested to see the first trailer.

  3. Geez, I was hoping this would be more in the vein of the TV show, as opposed to the kinda jokey-meta movie it sounds like.

    I’ll still watch it.

  4. I can’t help but feel a slight disappointment. I expected a children’s horror film, not a meta-joke thing. It looks like it’s going to be a fun thing, but, you know, it’s not like I expected.

    At least The Haunted Mask will be involved. I loved that one.

    • Problem with that idea is that you can’t pitch a film, based on a series of books from almost 2 decades ago, to a new generation of kids that has never even heard of said books or knows what they’re about. This film is aimed at the generation that enjoyed the books, so ofcourse it’s going to pay homage to many of the books in a meta-film style.

  5. “a writer who must keep his own stories locked up lest they escape and wreak havoc, which of course they will”

    Wasn’t that the whole premise of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare?

  6. Kind of pumped for this. I like how they’re bringing R.L. Stine into this. Sounds like they’re thinking outside the box for once.

  7. MONSTER BLOOD SERIES! CMON!

  8. Wow! I loved Goosebumps, until Pokemon and Digimon came along.

    Slappy as the lead, should be pretty interesting!

  9. I have a bad feeling that the end of the movie will be R.L. Stine realizing the only way to banish the monsters is to re-release the books for a new generation and the final scene will be a commercial for the Goosebumps books.

  10. I bet that the reference for Welcome to Camp Nightmare will have to do with the ending, where it turns out they are actually on some other planet, training for a trip to Earth