Do you remember the scary feeling of looking under your bed or into your closet at night after a reading a haunting horror story? Growing up as a 90s kid, some of my best memories of creepy stories come from RL Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street.
Now, with this old childhood memory finally being resurrected on the big screen, a lot of us will be able to indulge in flesh-crawling nostalgia. Directed by Rob Letterman, ‘Goosebumps’ is being made into a horror-comedy with Rock of Ages star Jack Black in the lead role as horror author R.L. Stine himself and Odeya Rush Sage and Dylan Minnette in the other two lead roles.
From the simultaneously spine-chilling and bone-tickling trailer, we understand that the movie is actually an amalgamation of some of the best Goosebumps stories including The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena and Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes. To give you an idea, the movie begins when a new neighbour, Zach moves in next door to R.L. Stine and falls in love with his daughter Hannah and accidentally “unlocksg” the books, unleashing the writer’s imaginary monsters – the Invisible Boy, werewolves, spiders and killer gnomes – in the town of Greendale, Maryland. Stine then teams up with the teens to defeat his own creations in his comic horror flick.
The movie adaptation of Goosebumps got a new lease of life after being showcased at last year’s Comic Con. Earlier in 1998, director Tim Burton had proposed to turn it into a movie but the project was dropped when he felt he could not fully recreate the beauty of the books. The series also ran on TV between 1995-1998 but was subject to frequent censoring because of its scare factor. It was not until the 2014 Comic Con that Letterman and Black confirmed the movie with characters like Scarecrow from The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight, Slappy the Dummy from Night of the Living Dummy and the Executioner from A Night in Terror Tower. According to Letterman the movie would retain the inherent ghastliness of Stine’s books with a comical undertone, “The books themselves are legitimately scary, but they’re legitimately funny, and we try to capture that. We never want to undercut the scares.”
According to reports, Goosebumps is set to hit the silver screen in October 2015.