Goosebumps [Includes Digital Copy] [DVD] [2015]

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98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1474 out of 1511)

Special Features


  • Beginner's Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps creature - Zach and Champ walk us through what it takes to survive.
  • Strange Things are Happening...On-Set - Dylan Minnette introduces the haunting behind-the-scenes of the movie.

Synopsis


Goosebumps
Jack Black stars as acclaimed Goosebumps writer R.L. Stine in this feature-film adaptation of the popular YA book series. A teenager named Zach (Dylan Minnette) reluctantly moves from New York City to the quiet town of Madison, DE, where he quickly realizes that his reclusive new neighbor is in fact the horror author of the Goosebumps series. Zach learns Stine's identity when he is drawn to the writer's daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush), but soon discovers the dangerous secret inside their home -- the creatures from Stine's famous stories are real, and are kept locked away inside their original manuscripts. After an accident frees the monsters, Zach, Hannah, and their nerdy pal Champ (Ryan Lee) must work together with Stine to save their town from destruction. Rob Letterman directed this family-friendly adventure. Screenplay by Darren Lemke; screen story by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jack Black
    Jack Black - R.L. Stine
  • Dylan Minnette
    Dylan Minnette - Zach Cooper
  • Odeya Rush
    Odeya Rush - Hannah
  • Amy Ryan
    Amy Ryan - Gale
  • Ryan Lee
    Ryan Lee - Champ



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98%
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Harmless Fun

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    DDunnDatBoi
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    "Stephen King is no slouch," commented a member of the Movie Fan Facebook Page staff. The man has published 60 books, which have sold over 350 million copies. "Wait a minute," you say. "Why start a review of a movie based on R.L. Stine's books by talking about Stephen King?" Fair question. Well, Stine has been called "the Stephen King of children's literature." Beyond that, you may be surprised to learn that Stine has bested the famously prolific King by publishing hundreds of books, which have sold over 400 million copies! Think about that. It's enough to… give you goose bumps. That, of course, is the name of Stine's most popular series of books, brought to the big screen in the film "Goosebumps" (PG, 1:43). Fans of the series may wonder which of the books is the basis for the movie. The answer is none of them – and all of them. Rather than adapting any one of Stine's books, which are, admittedly, relatively short (as Stephen King exclaims, "Ah-HAH! See?"), this film imagines a world in which Stine's monsters come to life and terrorize a small town, while R.L. Stein himself, along with a few local teenagers, attempt to recapture the creatures and save the town. I won't spoil the movie, except to say that, in the end, we Movie Fans get a film that is as exciting and delightful as any of the books that inspired this story. The film has Jack Black portraying Stine as an unfriendly recluse in the tiny (fictional) town of Madison, Delaware. Showing Stine as a movie character which we get to know as a man, but is only a fictionalized version of the real person recalls movies like Charlie Kaufman's 1999 fantasy comedy-drama "Being John Malkovich" or Matthew LeBlanc (starting in 2011) playing himself as an adorable jerk in the Showtime comedy series "Episodes". Black's Stine calls himself Mr. Shivers. He's a widower who lives in a big house with his kind, but mischievous 16-year-old daughter, Hannah (Odeya Rush), whom he homeschools. Moving in right next door is Madison High School's new assistant principal, recently widowed Gale Cooper (Amy Ryan), and her teenage son, Zach (Dylan Minnette), still grieving the loss of his father. Gale's sweetly clueless sister, Loraine (Jillian Bell) greets them with open arms, but Zach and Gale simply have a lot of adjusting to do – and new people to meet. Gale is almost immediately hit on by shy fellow educator, Coach Carr (Ken Marino), while an awkward nerd ironically named Champ (Ryan Lee) traps the new guy into a friendship. It's a good thing for Zach that Hannah is such a pleasure to be around. One night when Zach looks towards his new neighbor's house and thinks he sees Mr. Shivers abusing Hannah, he calls Champ and they steal into the house. Zach and Champ see that Hannah's okay, but not before they find a key and open a locked "Goosebumps" manuscript among many on a shelf in Mr. Shivers' study. The book is "The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena" and unlocking the manuscript allows a large, furry creature to literally jump off the page. The three teens run after him, Hannah telling them that the monster can only be re-captured by sucking him back into the book from whence he came. The Abominable Snowman wreaks havoc on the town until Mr. Shivers shows up to save the day. In the destruction that the creature caused in the study, all the manuscripts fell to the floor and one of them popped open – one releasing the evil Slappy the Dummy. Slappy unleashes complete mayhem in Madison – on the night of a big high school dance nonetheless. The police (a hilarious Timothy Simons and Amanda Lund) are no help, but few people would be. That ventriloquist dummy serves as the ringleader of a gang of dangerous and destructive creations including a wolfman, a maniacal clown, a herd of garden gnomes and a gargantuan praying mantis. They all want revenge on their creator for keeping them locked up so long. And Stein is the only one who even has a chance of stopping them. When Stine's creations come to life, besides clear memories of Robin Williams' 1995 hit "Jumanji", this situation reminds us of Emma Thompson's author writing Will Ferrell's character into existence in 2006's "Stranger Than Fiction", or the underseen 1979 thriller "Time After Time" in which the character of H.G. Wells (author of the sci-fi classic "The Time Machine") uses profits from his writing to build a working time machine which one of his friends uses to escape the police and continue a killing spree when it is discovered that he's Jack the Ripper. "Goosebumps" deserves a place among these other great films. This film's story may not be completely original, but it feels fresh and it is fantastically well executed. All of the actors are perfectly cast (even Jack Black, who, in our opinion, seems to have had more misses than hits in his career). With the help of a story by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, a script by Darren Lemke and the direction of Rob Letterman, this cast and this story hit the perfect balance between frightening and fun – just like the "Goosebumps" books themselves. The script is very funny and the dialog and character interactions are charming from the very beginning to the very end of the movie. The interesting characters, the story's danger and adventure, along with the excitement and humor all seamlessly contribute to a simply wonderful family film that will appeal to kids of all ages, even if they don't know their goose bumps from their speed bumps or their Kings from their Stines. "A+"

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Inventive Family Film Honoring Book Series

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    As a child of the nineties, as someone who was in fourth and fifth grade at the dead center of the decade I was completely immersed in the Goosebumps books. I can easily recall going to Wal-Mart with my mom every month and constantly checking to see if the new book was on the shelves yet. I would devour these books to the point of ridiculousness and their popularity was such that at this point in time even my fourth grade teacher decided to read one of author R.L. Stine's works of adolescent horror to the class so as to appeal to those who weren't on board with Tuck Everlasting. While the books meant a great deal to me and I was a big fan of the Fox Kids Saturday morning line-up at the time I was unfortunately never able to get into their live-action adaptations of Stine's stories in the TV series that ran from 1995 to 1998. There was all the excitement in the world for such a series, but once it premiered there was never enough to keep me coming back-unlike the books. And so, how would a live-action movie version of such stories be any different? Given I was also twenty years removed from the source material, would I even care if a Goosebumps movie did honorable service to the literature or was it time to move on and accept that whatever it was that made these books so captivating to so many kids on the brink of their teenage years in the mid-nineties was just an elusive quality never to be contained on celluloid? It turns out, all the material needed was a dash of meta-comedy that allowed the story to not only incorporate several of Stine's most popular characters, but Stine himself. With this opportunity to tell a brand new story rather than simply rehashing one of Stine's more popular titles the film is given a fresh idea that combines the likes of something akin to Jumanji or Zathura with the perfect balance of slightly off-kilter comedy and scary scenarios with over-the-top monsters that made the books so engaging. In short, this new Goosebumps film exceeded all expectations by delivering a fun and charming horror flick for kids that will undoubtedly be brought out every year around Halloween for a long time to come.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for old readers and new fans.

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    When it comes to Goosebumps I am somewhat of an old man. I remember when the book series started, as well as I remember working hard in school so my parents would purchase me some of the books from the book fair or the scholastics book-order in class. I hated reading, but I loved two things literary as a kid; one being Scary Stories and the other being Goosebumps. Having read all the originals as a kid and watching my son work his way through the old series and the new, it was good to see that the film catered to both of us. Jack Black was great as R.L. Stine. The movie featured a great blend of all the old monsters that us older readers will remember from the books. I must admit, as an adult I was still excited to see these creatures brought to life, and in such a fun way. It was enough to drive me back to old Goosebumps TV series for some nostalgia viewing.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly surprised

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    After reading lots of reviews I didn't have high expectations of this movie and was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it. My kids are older now and we read lots of the Goosebumps titles when they were young and hadn't been too impressed with all the other efforts to bring them to the screen. I thought the movie did a good job of not trying to translate all the detail from the books and instead focused on the story itself with all the books characters being showcased accordingly. Jack Black is fun in his role and the movie moves at a pace that makes it fun to watch over and over again. I'm sure fans of the books would like to see more of this story with the opportunity to see some of the other books characters in the lead. Its good clean family fun.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Family Friendly but Not Trash

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    If your like me, you're completely fed up with today's "for all ages" mentality. With the exception of Disney and the handful of other media companies, we get fed dumbed down movies, shows, and other media that insults the intelligence of anybody watching it. It's not good for anybody. Goosebumps is (surprisingly to me) one of those movies that is well crafted, well written, AND has something for everyone. Plus, if you are like me and thinks that the regular Jack Black shtick is getting a little tired, then you will be happy to see him tone that way down here but still offer up a funny and likeable performance. I went in expecting this movie to be another throwaway family comedy but left really enjoying it. I recommend it.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Goosebumps

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    This movie looked like fun from the trailer, and being a Jack Black fan I gave it a watch. I liked the idea of Black playing a fictionalized version of the author RL Stein living within one of his own stories. The movie is basically Jumanji with monsters instead of animals. All of the monsters from the Goosebumps books come to life terrorizing the town and have to be hunted down and placed back in the books. The movie had a good collection of CGI monsters to keep me entertained and was really well produced. That said, it's not the most memorable thing I ever watched, but I do think it's a really good horror film geared for young adult audiences.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film the entire family can enjoy TOGEHTER!

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    This was a very exciting film for my 8 year old daughter to watch. Some of the creatures gave her a good jump, but none of them were so scary as to give her nightmares. There was also plenty of humor that had her laughing out loud. She enjoyed all of the characters, but her favorite by far were the Gnome people, she absolutely loved them. As a lifelong Goosebumps fan myself, it was very nice to sit back with her and enjoy something form my childhood with her. This is definitely a film that the entire family can sit back and enjoy TOGETHER!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A story just as fun as a Goosebumps book!

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    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. It is a fun time for the whole family. A few nitpicks: Story wise, I would have preferred if the children were younger. Something more along the lines of Jumanji. Maybe would have made the film that much fun. The 3-D on this feature is just okay. I still prefer it in 3-D, but the only standout 3-D portion of the film is the supermarket scene. Other than that, very lightly used 3-D, which is a shame. But like I said, I would still watch this in 3-D over non 3-D.

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