It’s Halloween time boys and girls! So just like last year, I’m going to be doing a bunch of spooky articles. And what’s more spooky than a child-friendly horror movie?
Plenty of things actually. But in any case…
It’s Trailer Talk time!
Dammit, the marketing-inspired, nostalgia-fueled, remake-everything-from-the-90’s trend finally got to something I like. And what’s even worse is that I’m going to fall for it.
Let me get one thing straight: when I was young I devoured the Goosebumps series with a fervor. It’s the main reason why I write so much horror on this site. So the thought of getting to see most of the monsters on-screen is practically regressing me to a child here.
I don’t care that it looks like a Disney Channel Original Movie with plot and graphics to match.
I don’t care that they are going to make all the monsters into jokes.
As long as I get to see Monster Blood and Slappy attack preteens, I’ll be happy.
And, if I’m being honest, it’s really not that bad of a trailer. The beginning bit with Jack Black talking to a class is actually kind of awesome, and I love the soundtrack for it. Goosebumps has always been a campy series with really standard horror plots anyway, so it’s not like it’s an unfaithful adaptation of the source material.
Also, going back to Jack Black for a second, I think he might be the perfect person to play R.L. Stine. I wouldn’t have picked him for the role, but seeing his performance, at least in the trailer, shows a much more serious and reserved character than I was expecting. He’s still goofy, sure. But the scenes with him trying to cover his scent and get through the gate were both funny because of his mostly dry delivery. And as long as that continues, it seems promising.
So, in the end, I give this trailer a 7 out of 10. It might not be exactly what the fans of the series wanted, but as a vehicle to introduce the books to a new generation, I think it’s perfect. And it’s certainly something I’ll be watching.
Now let’s see what Rotten Tomatoes thinks….
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