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Goosebumps (2015)



Critic Consensus: Goosebumps boasts just enough of its spooky source material's kid-friendly charm to make up for the script's scattershot humor and a punishingly frantic pace.

Movie Info

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. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it's suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong. Note: Scholastic has sold over 400 million Goosebumps books worldwide in 32 languages since the series introduction in 1992, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. R.L. Stine has been recognized as one of the bestselling children's authors in history. (c) Sonymore
Rating: PG (for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor)
Genre: Horror, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Darren Lemke
In Theaters:
Box Office: $76.1M
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Jack Black
as R.L. Stine
Dylan Minnette
as Zach Cooper
Odeya Rush
as Hannah
Jillian Bell
as Lorraine
Karan Soni
as Mr. Rooney
Amanda Lund
as Officer Brooks
Kumail Nanjiani
as Formean (uncredited)
Jared Sandler
as Student #2 (uncredit...
Ken Marino
as Coach Carr
R.L. Stine
as Hallway Player
Clare Halstead
as Monster #11
Gabriela Fraile
as Screaming Girl
Jason Davis
as Cyclist (uncredited)
Caleb Emery
as Dumb Jock
Melissa Eastwood
as Jonesboror Shopper w...
Erica Marie Sanchez
as Student #1 (uncredit...
Keith Arthur Bolden
as Principal Garrison
Timothy C. Simons
as Officer Stevens
Nate Andrade
as Monster #1
Sheldon Brown
as Monster #2
Melissa Brewer
as Monster #3
Marshall Choka
as Monster #4
Melissa Cowan
as Monster #5
John Deifer
as Monster #6
Everett Dixon
as Monster #7
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News & Interviews for Goosebumps

Critic Reviews for Goosebumps

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (25)

A pop monster movie with lots of 80s influence. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | November 4, 2015

Healthy and light entertainment come from this nice plot where Jack Black is our guide in a family adventure. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | November 2, 2015

A fun horror adventure for the fans, that will also appeal to newcomers of Stine and the "Goosebumps" novels.

Full Review… | November 1, 2015
Cinema Crazed

Entertaining, fun and with lots of charisma, but the premise the story is built on is just fascinating. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | October 28, 2015

An amazing film, hopefully it will be the launch of a new franchise. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | October 28, 2015

Filled with special effects, creatures, monsters, fun and even a gag alluding Stephen King, this is a fun movie for the whole family that's even better around Halloween times. [Full reciew in Spanish]

Full Review… | October 23, 2015

Audience Reviews for Goosebumps

Based on the hugely popular anthology horror literature, Goosebumps is a jubilantly redoubtable, sprightly adaptation that pays homage to Gremlins (the lawn gnomes could rival those mischievous sprites for mayhem and their wholesale massacre via garbage disposal, oven and finally bear traps) and Ghostbusters for family-friendly frights. Jack Black is effectively antisocial as the nom de plume Stine who is reclusive because of his animosity towards the outside world. His competitive nature with Stephen King is mockingly jabbed ("Yes, 400-million copies worldwide. It's still very impressive."). However, Tenacious D songbird Black fires on all cylinders in his cackling vocal performance as Slappy, the malevolent ventriloquist dummy. He imports the sinister intonations of Brad Dourif's Chucky for Slappy. My biggest criticism for the film is a technical one. The interaction between Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) and company with the hulking creature is unconvincingly rendered. It's either a mouth-agape reaction shot or slapstick pratfalls with the critters and they don't intersect in the same frame often enough to preserve the corporeal illusion. Ala Chris Pine, Minnette is a witty lead who lobs off acerbic one-liners like a breadcrumb trail of sarcasm ("My mom asked me where in the whole world I would like to move and I said Madison, Delaware"). It's a laudable compliment if people mistake Tim Burton for the helmsman instead of Rob Letterman because of the blustery score by Danny Elfman, the alienated-outsider storyline and the effortless mingling of gallows humor. In a clever cameo, the real Stine glides through the frame as Mr. Black, the drama teacher. It's not too hair-raising for kids and it's not too puerile for adults, Goosebumps wiggles into the sweet spot for multi-generational entertainment.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


Dumb, fun, smart, and helming a surprising emotional heft, "Goosebumps" is more enjoyable than I would have ever thought. Lead by Dylan Minnette (Zach), a teenager moves into the house next door to Author R.L. Stein, and after coming across the manuscripts of the "Goosebumps" novels, the creatures are unleashed unto the town. Although there are some pretty terrible moments of dialogue, the film makes up for it by being self-aware of it's story and embracing the silliness that ensues throughout the picture. For kids, this is a perfect film. For adults, not so much. I was able to watch this with an open mind and I can wholeheartedly say that I had a blast. Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Ryan Lee, and Odeya Rush all work very well together. Is this a film that was screaming to be made, no, but is it harmless fun? Yes. "Goosebumps" is definitely a great family film for the Halloween season. Not too scary for kids, but not too tame for the adults either. This is a fun ride that you can find at least some enjoyment with. Overall, I had a lot of fun with it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Though goose pimply at times, this amalgamation of all of R.L. Stine's spooky children bedtime stories makes for some harried horror but half-decent humor for moviegoing families. A unique take on the author's canon overall, Goosebumps celebrates more than dramatizes his stories, placing the author as a character amidst an accidental gathering of his most nefarious and monstrous creations. The result never proves out-and-out scary and the jokes are hit and miss, but the movie somehow entertains throughout. Fast moving and boasting a whipsmart premise that doesn't require you to be an aficionado of Stine's works (or the Nickelodeon TV series they spawned in the '90s), the movie just asks you to go for a mindless joyride. The climax even offers a twist worthy of the author himself...not the most original, mind you, but a decent hairpin turn nonetheless.

In this child friendly PG-rated horror flick, A teenager (Minnette) teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine (Black) after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.

Jack Black dials it back from his usual over-the-top wide-eyed shtick for a somewhat nuanced curmudgeonly take on the children's author. The visual effects run hot (some hilariously evil lawn gnomes) to cold (a werewolf that looks like he was generated for play on a Sega Genesis), but the energy of the cast rarely lets up. Ace bio-pic scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People Vs. Larry Flynt) come up with a winning framework that screenwriter Darren Lemke runs with, crafting a satisfying thriller for teens and a mindless amusement for the rest.

Bottom line: Tenacious D-Lite

Jeff B.
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

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