If you're in your 30's or 20's I'm willing to bet you know all about Goosebumps. If you don't, shame on you!! Get on Netflix right now and watch some! Ahem, back on track. As a kid I loved the goosebumps books, but i used to love the show as well. Although it's hard to choose a favorite, I'd have to say some of the ones I remember reading a lot were Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, The Horror at Camp Jelly Jam, The Ghost Next Door and Be Careful What you Wish For. Oh man, I used to love going to the library with my mom and loading up on R. L. Stine books. I watched the show for sure but TV time was always so limited. Let me come around full circle, this week's Movie Monday post is all about the Goosebumps movie!
At first I wasn't really sure what to make of this movie. We watched it as a family and I was really hoping for that 90's cheese in the movie, but thankfully it wasn't cheesy at all. It starts with a teen Zach, and his mom moving to a new town. He meets the daughter of his neighbor, Hannah and obviously likes her (teenage boys and hormones). After meeting her, he meets her dad. An over protective strange man who is really antisocial. After a series of events he winds up in her house because he thought she might be in trouble. That's when he and a friend discover manuscripts from R.L. Stine books on a bookshelf. Hannah warns him not to open any of the books but of course one gets open and the Abonimable Snowman of Pasadena gets out. After a serious game of cat and mouse, Hannah's dad helps them trap the creature back into the book and takes them home. After this incident, they discover that Hannah's dad is R.L. Stine and that they move quickly anytime there is an incident related to his books. Amidst their last minute packing efforts, Stine discovered that Slappy the puppet was out. Not only was he out, he was also letting the rest of the trapped creatures out of their books as well.
After being attacked and chased, they try to convince Stine to write another book, one to round them all up and trap them into one book. Stine agrees but in order for him to do write the book, he needs to use his special typewriter that is at the kids school. Of course there is a school dance going on and with his daughter, Zach and his friend headed there, this makes for the expected high school dance scene where monsters show up and scare everyone. On their way to the school, they are attacked by Zombies, but right before they get attacked, Zach looks at Hannah and she turns blue under the moonlight. Zach realizes that she isn't real. She is a character from one of R.L. Stine books, which she knew
In the end R.L. Stine finishes the book, traps all of the characters from his stories including Hannah. The next time Zach is at school, he sees Stine and they talk a bit. It turns out that R.L. Stine was now the English teacher for Zachs class. As they talked, Hannah comes up to him and Stine explains that he wrote her back into existence. Then he destroys her manuscript so that she can be a real person. As Stine walks past his old typewriter behind a class case, he sees that it is typing by itself and then he realizes that the invisible boy was the only creature that didn't get trapped in the other book.
This leads me to hoping that there will be a second one. I'm not sure what exactly they could do to make a second movie, but I would definitely watch it. I bet I'm not the only one either. Did you grow up reading R.L. Stine's books? Which was your favorite? Did you see the movie? Tell me what you thought of it!
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