Across 62 novels and numerous generations, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps served up chilling thrills aplenty, and it’s little wonder why the author’s work is considered by many to be a cornerstone of their childhood – warts and all.
Spotting a glimmering hope of a franchise, Sony has snapped up the rights for a live-action adaptation of Stine’s work. With director Rob Letterman installed at the helm, the light-hearted action-packed scarefest is promising to bring some of the author’s more memorable (read: nightmare-inducing) creations to the big screen, with today’s clip spotlighting a towering preying mantis that’s been let loose on the local town.
Assuming the role of R.L. Stine is the ever-charismatic Jack Black, a recluse who inadvertently draws the attention of his new neighbor Zach (Dylan Minnette). Clearly not aware of the oft-used saying that curiosity killed the cat, the new kid in town stumbles upon Stine’s mammoth library of novels, and sets free each and every one of the author’s nightmarish concoctions.
From abominable snowmen to devious garden gnomes, Goosebumps is brimming with a chaotic sense of fun, as Stine is left no choice but to unite with Zach and Hannah (Odeya Rush) in order to draw every putrid horror monster back into the books that kept them imprisoned and locked away in the first place.
Also starring Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Ryan Lee, Jillian Bell, and Kumail Nanjiani, Goosebumps will release on October 16.
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books.