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Goosebumps Movie Review


Goosebumps and R.L. Stine hold a special place in my heart.  Mr. Stine’s Fear Street series was one of my favorites as a young adult.  It was just the right amount of scary.  The books made me feel grown up and they were frightening but not the kind of terrifying that still scares me to this very day (like Pennywise from Stephen King’s It).  I actually met him a few years ago at Book Con and I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

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Taylor is also a HUGE Goosebumps fan.  She loves the shows and the books.  I cant tell you how happy I am when I see her reading them.  Seeing your child enjoy something that you also loved as a kid is so special.  I suppose it must be similar to being a star quarterback in high school and then having a child that also plays and wears your jersey number.  (I would not know that from personal experience though because I am not at all athletically inclined.)

Anyway, I was SUPER excited last week when I received an invitation to attend a screening of the new Goosebumps movie!  T and I have been seeing the trailers on television and were dying to go check it out.

We brought along my bestie and her daughter and met up with Shaniqua from Brown Media Mama and her adorable son, DJ.

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Not long after we sat down I almost started choking on my Junior Mints because in walked Jack Black, R.L. Stein, Rob Letterman, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and Ryan Lee!  (I got major cool points for this one, so thank you Sony!)  

They talked about making the movie and Jack Black was his usual hilarious self.  He gave advice to the kids and suggested that if they get scared they should remember to plug their ears.  He said that when most people are frightened just close their eyes but it is totally ineffective because they can still hear what is happening.  Thankfully, the kids didn’t have to have to do that during the screening.

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Here is a description of the plot taken from Wikipedia:

“After moving into a small town, a teenage boy named Zach (Dylan Minnette) meets Hannah (Odeya Rush), his new neighbor. Hannah’s father, R. L. Stine (Jack Black), writes the Goosebumps stories and keeps all theghosts and monsters in the series locked up in his manuscripts like Slappy the Living Dummy, the Abominable Snowman, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, the Giant Mantises, and the living lawn gnomes. Zach and his friend Champ (Ryan Lee) unintentionally open one of Stine’s books, leading to the release of every ghost and monster from the manuscripts. Now Zach, Hannah and Stine team up in order to put the monsters and Ghosts back where they came from before they overrun the town and harm people.”

The movie was perfect.  I was afraid that it would be a letdown that would tarnish the memory of my favorite childhood author but it was exactly what I had hoped for.  Afterwards we got to speak with him briefly and take a photo.  It was a great evening and I highly recommend the movie!  My daughter (age 10) and my friend’s daughter (age 8) both loved it and neither were overly scared or had nightmares.