A movie child friendly spook “Goosebumps”

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Introduction

Goosebumps is an unusual American 3D animated horror comedy film with just enough spook source material to stay in the child friendly limitation. It was based on the children’s book series of the “Goosebumps’’ by R. L. Stine. It was directed by Rob Letterman and was written by Darren Lemke based upon a story by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The movie was financed by Sony, LStar Capital, and Village Roadshow Pictures, although the production companies involved were Original Film and Scholastic Entertainment. The movie was released on October 16, 2015 by Sony Pictures Entertainment, using its Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation tags.

Cast

The cast of the movie went as Dylan Minnette as Zachary “Zach” Cooper, the new neighbor of R. L. Stine. Jack Black as R.L. Stine, the creator of the Goosebumps franchise and the father of Hannah Stine. Jack Black as the voice of Slappy the Dummy, a living dummy from the Night of the Living Dummy books. Avery Jones provides the puppeteer work for Slappy. Jack Black also voices Brent Green, the invisible boy from My Best Friend is Invisible. Odeya Rush as Hannah Stine, the daughter of R.L. Stine, she is a Goosebumps character Stine created after his wife died. She has been implied to be from The Ghost Next Door. Amy Ryan as Gale Cooper, Zach’s mother who becomes the vice-principal at Madison High School. Ryan Lee as Champ, Zach’s new friend. Jillian Bell as Lorraine Conyers, Zach’s aunt who falls in love with R.L. Stine. Halston Sage as Taylor, a popular student at Madison High School. Ken Marino as Coach Carr, the gym teacher at Madison High School. Steven Krueger as Davidson, a popular student at Madison High School. E. Roger Mitchell as the Mayor of Madison, the unnamed mayor of Madison. Timothy Simons as Officer Stevens, a police officer that works for the Madison Police Department. Amanda Lund as Officer Brooks, a female police officer that works for the Madison Police Department. Keith Arthur Bolden as Principal Garrison, the principal of Madison High School. Benjamin Papac as Seth and R.L. Stine as Mr. Black, the new drama teacher at Madison High School.

Plot

The movie plot revolves around young Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) who seems a bit upset about moving into a small town from a metropolis. Although he finds a silver lining in this dark cloud when he gets to meet his beautiful neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush). The teen is then exceedingly surprised when he realizes that Hannah’s enigmatic father is actually R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the famous author of the best-selling “Goosebumps” series. Things take an ugly turn when Zach unintentionally unleashes a horde of monsters from the extraordinary tales; the trio ends up battling the monstrosities in a scuffle to return them to the book where they originally belong.

Critical Reception

The movie received highly positive views from the critics regarding its healthy and light entertainment with a nice plot of a family adventure. It was said to be a pop monster movie with a lot of 80’s impact. Critics and reviewers found it an amazing movie with most of them hoping for it to be a new franchise. The direction was praised it deftly treaded the blurry boundary between comedy and genuinely friendly scares.

On the Box Office

The movie has grossed 104 million dollars to date.  

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