Goosebumps – Review

Goosebumps – Budget of $58 million – 1 hour 44 minutes

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Every story ever told, can be broken down into 3 parts: the beginning, the middle, and the twist.

The Beginning: Zach and his mom, Gale, move from NY to Delaware because Gale accepted the Assistant Principal job at Madison High School.  Zack is not happy about the move, but maintains a positive attitude.  During the move, Zach meets Hannah.   Hannah, the daughter of the creepy next door neighbor, is a fun and adventurous with a quick wit.  Zach is smitten by her immediatly.  While bedazzling with his Aunt Lorrine, Zach hears screams that sound like Hannah coming from next door and decides to investigate.

The Middle: During the investigation, Zach and Champ, his new “friend”, find R.L. Stine manuscripts for Goosebumps books and learn that R.L. Stine is his neighbor and Hannah’s father (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Champ notices that each of the manuscripts are locked and wonder’s why a book would need a lock.  Zach unlocks a book and to his surprise, the abominable snowman materializes and leaps of the page.  The abominable snowman escapes the house; but during the escape, he knocks all the books of the shelf, which unlocks one.

The Twist: The character that’s released is the ventriloquist’s dummy named Slappy.  Slappy is vexed that R.L. Stine has trapped him in a book and left him on the shelf for years.  So, its time for Slappy’s Revenge.  Slappy unlocks books and then burn them, so Stine, Zach, Hannah, and Champ can’t capture Stine’s monsters.  Now the monsters are ripping apart the town, hurting the residents, and stalking Stine.  Stine, Zach, Hannah, and Champ work together, but they must figure out a way to capture all the monsters and save the town without the books.

This movie is a visual Goosebumps book (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  All the descriptions, twist and turns, and characters that Goosebumps fans have come to know and love are in this movie.  No matter what Goosebumps series you have read, there is a monster for you.  Now, you must understand that the monsters are created to look as they do on the book’s cover.  The monsters are more cartoon-ish than realistic. This animation make it easier for younger kids to watch the movie without getting scared, but still getting Goosebumps. Some of the jokes miss their mark but this is still a good movie worth seeing at a matinee.  So, go with the family and have a good time.  And don’t blink, or you will miss a cameo performance.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

You get out of here or the last scream you will ever hear is you own – R.L.Stine

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