Author R.L. Stine is a master of all things that go bump in the night. His Goosebumps books and television series were a touchstone for kids and young adults alike. And now, the newest example of ’90s nostalgia has Sony bringing those stories to new life in a feature film.
The Goosebumps film comes screaming into theaters everywhere this October, and now a new international version of the trailer has hit the web. This new trailer brings fans more monster reveals and more glimpses into what is sure to be a family-friendly fright fest.
Fans of the Goosebumps book series will find a lot of familiar faces in the popping up here. There are several more glimpses of titular monsters from the early books, including the abominable snowman, zombies, a lot more of the werewolf. There’s also appearances by Slappy the dummy, the invisible boy, and dozens of the lawn gnomes, among others. In fact, the Goosebumps movie references at least 25 of the original books, including Camp Nightmare, The Haunted Mask, and Night of the Living Dummy.
The basic premise of the film is that the real-life R.L. Stine (Jack Black) has an imagination full of these terrifying monsters. He writes his books as a way to cleanse his imagination, literally locking the creatures them into the manuscripts, trapping them away from the world. When a new boy in the neighborhood accidentally unlocks what should probably be more safely stored books, monsters are unleashed onto the unsuspecting town of Greendale, Maryland.
The film is directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens), with screenwriting credits going to Darren Lemke (Shazam!). Joining Black in the film are Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), Stine’s daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush), and Champ (Ryan Lee).
The film seems to have a nice handle on its blend of action, comedy, and scares. One moment sees a dislodged ferris wheel smashing through some trees, while the next offers Black delivering some laughs, either by getting stuck in a gate or attempting to mask his scent with body spray. There’s also a good look at some of the CGI monsters being brought to life, like the Werewolf of Fever Swamp, and some knife-wielding lawn gnomes.
The film is touted as a comedy, but the comedic undertones are certainly darker than the ones you’ll find in a typical kids’ movie. As it stands, this one may appeal to Goosebumps fans young and old. The movie has been given a healthy budget of $85 million – a huge vote of confidence from Sony that the world is ready for more Goosebumps.
The cult status of the Goosebumps franchise is no secret. The ’90s television series ran for a lofty four seasons and 74 episodes. The book series, which first hit shelves way back in 1992, boasts 181 different titles in print, selling more than 350 million copies, which puts Stine in the coveted place as one of the best-selling children’s authors of all time. With numbers like those, this movie stands a good chance of attracting an audience when its released later this year.
Goosebumps will haunt theaters on October 16, 2015.
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment