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Goosebumps
Goosebumps (film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rob Letterman
Produced by
  • Deborah Forte
  • Neal H. Moritz
Screenplay by Darren Lemke
Story by
  • Scott Alexander
  • Larry Karaszewski
Starring
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Javier Aguirresarobe
Editing by Jim May
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date(s) June 24, 2015 (2015-06-24) (CineEurope)
October 16, 2015 (2015-10-16) (United States)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $58–84 million
Money made $158.3 million

Goosebumps is a 2015 American comedy horror film directed by Rob Letterman and written by Darren Lemke. Based on R. L. Stine's children's horror book series of the same name, it stars Jack Black as a fictionalized version of Stine who teams up with his teenage neighbor, played by Dylan Minnette, to save their town after all monsters from the Goosebumps franchise escape from his books, wreaking havoc in the real world. Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Ryan Lee, and Jillian Bell appear in supporting roles.

The development of a Goosebumps feature film adaptation began in 1998, with Tim Burton attached to direct. After failing to find a script to determine which book to adapt, the project was halted. In early 2008, Columbia Pictures acquired the rights to create a Goosebumps-based film, and the project reentered development. Principal photography lasted from April to July 2014 in Candler Park, Atlanta.

Goosebumps was theatrically released in the United States on October 16, 2015, by Columbia Pictures. The film was a commercial success and garnered generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for its humor and many references to the Goosebumps franchise, and grossed $158 million against its $84 million budget. A standalone sequel, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, was released on October 12, 2018, with only Black returning.

Plot

After his father's recent death, Zach Cooper and his mother Gale move from New York City to the peaceful town of Madison, Delaware. While settling in the neighborhood, Zach meets his neighbor Hannah, but her overprotective father warns him to avoid contact with them. The next morning, at Madison High School, where Gale works as vice-principal, Zach befriends Champ, a clumsy student. That night, Hannah invites Zach to an abandoned amusement park where they start to be friends. However, when they return home, Hannah's father warns again that Zach stay away or something bad will happen.

The following night, Gale leaves to supervise a dance at the school, leaving Zach with his aunt Lorraine Conyers. Fearing that Hannah is in danger, Zach tricks her father into going to the local police station while he and Champ enter in his home. While investigating, they find a bookshelf with numerous manuscripts, each one cataloging entries from the Goosebumps franchise and mysteriously locked. In response to Champ's curiosity, Zach unlocks The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, releasing the story's titular monster. With Hannah's help, they track the creature to a local ice rink where Hannah's father appears and reimprisons it in the manuscript.

Hannah's father unwittingly reveals that he is R. L. Stine, the creator of the Goosebumps franchise, who initially wrote the stories to cope with severe bullying, but the stories' monsters eventually became real as a result of his imagination, forcing him to imprison them in their manuscripts. Back home, the group encounters Slappy the Dummy from the Night of the Living Dummy saga, who has now been freed from his manuscript. Seeking revenge on Stine for his imprisonment, Slappy incinerates his manuscript and flees with all the others. Stine and the kids are attacked by the lawn gnomes from Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes, being forced to escape. Slappy begins releasing several monsters, causing panic and destruction around Madison. Meanwhile, Lorraine is attacked by Fifi the Vampire Poodle from Please Don't Feed the Vampire!. Zach implores Stine to recapture the monsters using a single manuscript, but it can only be done with his supernatural typewriter, which is on display at the high school. Along the way, the group is attacked by Brent Green from My Best Friend Is Invisible and the giant praying mantis from A Shocker on Shock Street, forcing them to hide in the local supermarket. Will Blake from The Werewolf of Fever Swamp chases them to the parking lot where he is run over by Lorraine, who survived Fifi's attack.

Stine and the kids go through a cemetery, where Zach discovers that Hannah becomes ghost-like in the moonlight before being attacked by the titular monsters from Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls. When they arrive at the school, Zach confronts Stine in private; he reveals that his "daughter" is Hannah Fairchild from The Ghost Next Door, and that created her to cope with his loneliness, but Hannah is unaware of this. Stine finds the typewriter and begins writing a story based on the events around them, while Zach and Champ try to warn everyone, but nobody believes them until the mantis attacks the building. Slappy releases all remaining monsters from the Goosebumps franchise and they storm the school. Despite the school staff and students' efforts to keep the monsters out, they break in nonetheless. Slappy finds Stine and breaks his fingers with the typewriter's case before the story can be finished.

To ensure everyone's safety, Stine and the kids trick the monsters into following a school bus rigged with explosives while they commandeer another bus and travel to the abandoned amusement park. After realizing the group's ruse, Slappy tracks down and confronts them, he then releases the Blob from The Blob That Ate Everyone as the other monsters arrive at the park. Stine confronts the creature and is devoured by it while Zach, Hannah and Champ climb to the top of the park's ferris wheel where Zach finishes the story. However, the mantis causes it to collapse and roll towards the forest. Zach refuses to open the story's manuscript, because Hannah will also be sucked in, but she reveals that she knew the truth about herself all along and opens it, sucking Slappy and the other monsters into it, saying goodbye to Zach with a kiss before accepting her fate.

Some time later, Stine starts working as a substitute teacher at the school while starting to date Lorraine. At the end of the day, Stine reveals to Zach that he brought Hannah back into reality by writing a new copy of her story. When Zach and Hannah leave together, Stine incinerates the copy, making Hannah permanently real. However, when Stine is about to leave, he finds his typewriter writing by itself. To his horror, Brent Green has been revealed to be omitted in the monsters' imprisonment and is using the typewriter to write a new Goosebumps story entitled The Invisible Boy's Revenge.

Cast

Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush starred in the film as R. L. Stine, Zach, and Hannah, respectively.
  • Jack Black as R. L. Stine, the author of the Goosebumps series, attempting to keep his identity secret.
    • Black also voices Slappy the Dummy, a living ventriloquist dummy from the Night of the Living Dummy books, and Brent Green from My Best Friend is Invisible. Avery Lee Jones and Jake McKinnon provide the puppeteer work for Slappy.
  • Dylan Minnette as Zachary "Zach" Cooper, R. L. Stine's new neighbor.
  • Odeya Rush as Hannah Stine, Stine's daughter and Zach's new neighbor and love interest, secretly Hannah Fairchild from The Ghost Next Door.
  • Ryan Lee as Champ, a student who becomes Zach's new friend.
  • Amy Ryan as Gale Cooper, Zach's mother who becomes the vice-principal at Madison High School.
  • Jillian Bell as Lorraine Conyers, Zach's aunt and Gale's sister.
  • Halston Sage as Taylor, a popular student at Madison High School whom Champ has a crush on and will become his love interest.
  • Steven Krueger as Davidson, a popular student at Madison High School.
  • Keith Arthur Bolden as Principal Garrison, the principal of Madison High School.
  • Amanda Lund as Officer Brooks, a police officer trainee partnered with Officer Stevens.
  • Timothy Simons as Officer Stevens, a police officer working for the Madison Police Department.
  • Ken Marino as Coach Carr, the gym teacher at Madison High School who hits on Gale.
  • Karan Soni as Mr. Rooney, a teacher at Madison High School.

The real R. L. Stine has a cameo as Mr. Black, a drama teacher at Madison High School, credited as "Hallway Player". Kumail Nanjiani and Luka Jones appear as two movers who encounter Slappy in an alternate opening sequence featured on home media releases.

Music and soundtrack

Goosebumps (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album / Film score by
Released October 9, 2015
Recorded 2015
Genre Soundtrack, orchestral
Length 64:07
Label Sony Classical Records
Producer Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman film scores chronology
Avengers: Age of Ultron
(2015)
Goosebumps (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(2015)
Alice Through the Looking Glass
(2016)
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The soundtrack for the film, featuring original music composed by Danny Elfman, was released on CD on October 23, 2015, by Sony Classical Records. The digital version was released by Madison Gate Records the week before.

Songs featured in the film
  • "Racketeer" by The Blue Van
  • "Headlights" by OPIEN
  • "Get Ugly" by Jason Derulo
  • "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Ryan Perez-Daple
  • "Better Than the Rest" by Shock Diamonds
  • "Heads Will Roll" (A-Trak Remix) by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • "Bumps Gonna Goose Ya" by MF Bumps feat. Jack Black

Sequel

On September 2, 2015, it was reported that a sequel was in the planning stages, with Sony looking for a screenwriter. On January 17, 2017, a January 26, 2018, release date was set and Rob Letterman confirmed that he is to return as director for the sequel. On February 6, 2017, it was announced that the film's release date has been delayed to September 21, 2018, taking the place of the release date previously held by Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. In May 2017, the title was revealed to be Goosebumps: Horror Land. It was confirmed that Jack Black will reprise his role as R.L. Stine. It was also confirmed that Odeya Rush would return as Hannah Fairchild, R.L Stine's daughter from the first film. However, it was confirmed that the sequel will not feature any of the original cast. In November 2017, Rob Lieber was tapped to pen the script. Shortly after Ari Sandel was announced as Letterman's replacement as director. Variety reported that two scripts have been written. One script has Black reprising his role, while the other has Black cut out entirely. In December 2017, the sequel's release date was pushed to October 12, 2018. Production began on February 25, 2018, Jack Black will return in the sequel, making his characters the only one from the previous film to return. New cast members include Madison Iseman, Ben O'Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Ken Jeong, Chris Parnell, and Wendi McLendon-Covey joined the following month. Filming officially began on March 7, 2018, and in April 2018 the new title was announced as Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.

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