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, and makes a quick friend in Champ (Ryan Lee). But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hanna’s mysterious dad is in fact R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. As Zach starts learning about the strange family next door, he soon discovered that Sine holds a dangerous secret: the creatures that his stories made famous are real, and Stine projects his readers by keeping them lock up in their books.
When Stine’s creations are unintentionally released from their manuscripts, Zach’s life takes a turn for the weird. In a crazy night of adventure, it’s up to Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine to team up and get all of these figments of Stines’ imagination – including Slappy the Dummy, the girl with the haunted mask, the gnomes and many more – back in the books where they belong to save the town.
I have enjoyed many of the movies which featured Jack Black, so Goosebumps was a must see for me, in addition to the genre of the film, of which I am a fan. I never read any of the Goosebumps series, but this movie has definitely inspired an interest in me despite the fact that I don’t think they will scare me as much as they might a child.
The character, Champ, was one person they should have left behind to be killed by the monsters…how effin’ annoying was he? The movie reeked of an after-school special, but I have always been a fan of those, especially when the genre fall into a category I enjoy. Definitely made for the middle school audience – maybe even high school – but enjoyable if you like this type of movie.
Despite a mention of “the girl with the haunted mask,” I did not notice a character that fit that description.