New Jack Black kids comedy Goosebumps is really good fun. I never read the Goosebumps books but I was an avid fan of R.L. Stine’s Point Horror books so I decided to give the film the benefit of the doubt.
Goosebumps takes its own author R.L. Stine (played by Jack Black) and throws him into a wild story that brings his characters to life!
Zach (Dylan Minette) moves with his mother (Amy Ryan) to a new town after his father dies. On their first day in the new house Zach meets Literal ‘girl next door’ Hannah (Odeya Rush), but her father interupts their conversation. Black plays Stine in a perfectly creepy but amusing way, the only thing that bothered me was his ridiculous accent, it’s both terrible and unnecessary.
The next evening Zach overhears an argument between Stine and his daughter and Zach becomes worried about Hannah so after calling the cops and getting nowhere he decides to break into Stine’s home to check on Hannah and that’s when all hell breaks loose.
Through a series of accidents the kids unlock a curse that brings Stine’s books to life and allows the characters to break free of their pages and come storming into the real world.
Werewolves, Yetis, some kind of zombie flying poodle….they’re all present and correct. I’m assuming it must be a lot of fun for kids to see these monsters they know so well up on the screen.
Goosebumps won’t be suitable for younger children, there’s one character in particular that I couldn’t bear and I’m 35! It’s a fun romp and although I have some minor quibbles. the usual – too much CGI, gender stereotyping etc overall the film is fun, fast and has a great B movies quality to it that I enjoyed.