Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
After moving to a new small town, teenage Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) meets the beautiful girl next door, Hannah (Odeya Rush). 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. Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town. It's up to Stine, Zach, Hannah, and Zach's friend Champ (Ryan Lee) to put all the monsters back in their books.
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. See more »
RL Stine's Jeep Grand Wagoneer's fog/driving lights turn on and off while the giant praying mantis is chasing it. See more »
Come on, open the book.
Hannah, there's something that you need to know and you're not gonna...
Open the book, Zach.
No, no. You don't understand. If we open the book, that means...
It means I'll be stuck on a shelf someplace forever.
How many sweet sixteens can one girl have? Zach, it's time to move on. Now open the book, scaredy-cat.
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Tim Jacobus's Goosebumps cover artwork is used in the ending credits. See more »
The UK version is cut in one scene to reduce the horror effects in order to obtain a 'PG' rating. See more »
She's locked in this house and her dad's a psychopath.
I have to say that being British born and bred I'm not at all familiar with Goosebumps, either the books or TV series etc, so I was going into this film blind as it were. With that in mind I'm not really able to review to fans of the original works.
I went in with the hope of a good time, I liked the sound of the concept, I like Jack Black and I knew it was going to be well produced and no doubt heavily laden with the latest technological effects (ironically I had watched the splendid Jason and the Argonauts prior to Goosebumps, from one extreme to another or what?!).
I got everything I expected and had fun without any frame of reference. If I wanted any more I could dig out some questions that would need to be answered, but why bother. I left at the end, as a middle aged film lover, contented. I would for sure keenly watch any sequel if it surfaces.
Didn't do much for my Automatonophobia though... 6.5/10
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