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Goosebumps [2015] (1 disc)

Director:Rob Letterman
Writer:Darren Lemke
Composer:Danny Elfman
Length:103 minutes
(1 hour 43 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
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IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:76%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

Reaction: An odd tack on the story, but it works pretty well. Kids who've grown up with these books should enjoy this take.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Rob Letterman => Director
Darren Lemke => Writer
Danny Elfman => Composer
R.L. Stine => Original Books / Hallway Player
Amanda Lund => Officer Brooks
Amy Ryan => Gale
Caleb Emery => Dumb Jock
Dylan Minnette => Zach
E. Roger Mitchell => Mayor (uncredited)
Halston Sage => Taylor
Jack Black => Stine
Jillian Bell => Lorraine
Karan Soni => Mr. Rooney
Keith Arthur Bolden => Principal Garrison
Ken Marino => Coach Carr
Kumail Nanjiani => Foreman (uncredited)
Odeya Rush => Hannah
Ryan Lee => Champ
Steven Krueger => Davidson
Timothy Simons => Officer Stevens

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Hannah (Odeya Rush) is the Goosebumps character Hannah Fairchild from the book @5The Ghost Next Door. The plot revolved around Hannah suspecting her next door neighbor was a ghost when in reality, she and her family were ghosts.
  • Jim Carrey was said to portray all the roles that Jack Black played in this movie. Both these actors not only appeared in The Cable Guy together, but are also two of R.L. Stine's favorite actors, according to his auto-bio, It Came From Ohio!: My Life as a Writer.
  • A portion of the movie was filmed in the small town of Madison, GA. This town was voted best small town in America and is a big spot for filming in recent years.
  • Not only is Mr. Black played by the real Stine. He is also the new drama teacher in reference to Jack Black being an actor. Same for the character Stine being the new English teacher.
  • The alias "Mr. Shivers" that R.L. Stine uses before revealing himself is a reference to the Shivers books, a series of horror-themed children's novels that were released in 1996, near the end of the original Goosebumps run. The Shivers books were considered by many to be a shameless rip-off of the Goosebumps series, and Stine's use of "Shivers" as a false name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to this.
  • Jack Black cited Orson Welles as an inspiration for his performance.
  • Jack Black previously starred in the film The Cable Guy, which ended with a similar message and theme on how reading is healthy.
  • [?] Bella Thorne was considered for the role of Hannah.
  • The only "monster" characters in the film with spoken lines (Slappy the ventriloquist dummy and the invisible boy) are both voiced by Jack Black.
  • Tim Burton was originally going to produce the film in 1998, and was attached to it. However, the project fell through.
  • R.L. Stine observed that one of the major hurdles in getting a Goosebumps movie made was having too many books to choose for adaptation, and that it was a masterstroke of this film to include all of the characters in an original story.
  • In the movie R.L Stine can write his stories on a typewriter and they come true. At the end Zach must finish the story on the typewriter to come true. This is similar to one of R.L. Stine's real books The Blob That Ate Everyone where the main character Zackie has a typewriter that makes his horror stories come true.
  • During the 1990s, [?] George A. Romero was hired to adapt the book series into a single film and even finished a draft.
  • Mr. Stine makes the comment that he has sold more books than author Stephen King. Surprisingly, this line of the film is true. King having sold over 350 million books and R.L. Stine having sold over 400 million books.
  • The real R.L. Stine commended the filmmakers for allowing him to read the script and make suggestions.