When I was a kid, I loved R.L. Stine books. However, these were the “young adult” Fear Street and other teen horror books. When Goosebumps came out, I was actually of the age that these books were intended, that kind of pre-teen age but by that point I’d moved onto adult books and always found the Goosebumps books to be slightly… juvenile. I liked the concept and I would have loved it had they come out years earlier. But I love R.L. Stine and wanted to see this movie – just never got around to it for some reason.
Redbox Reviews gave it 3.5 out of 5 and surprisingly the reviews weren’t terrible, which means that there isn’t any language or sex or anything in it. However one of the reviews basically rated it five stars and tells you how it ends – so thanks for that buddy.
IMDB Ratings were 6.4 out of 10.
Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 76% Critics and 65% Audience ratings.
I think I need to come up with a rating system, but I don’t like to be that on point.
I dig Teen “Monster” flicks and I think they’ve always done a pretty good job with the various R.L. Stine books they’ve turned into made for TV movies, so I had decent hopes for this movie. It’ll be a little juvenile with very PG stuff (Parental Guidance mostly cause kids might be scared by the monsters). It’s R.L. Stine so there will always be a little twist… or maybe not if you’ve actually read all the books.
This movie was many years in the making. They’ve been talking about turning this into a movie since the 90’s but I’m kind of glad they waited for someone like Jack Black to be in it. While, I know who R.L. Stine is (what he looks like) and I wouldn’t mistake him for R. L. At all… I think he did a great job as the character. I don’t think you need to read the books to enjoy the movie, I enjoyed the movie and I have only read a handful of the books.
I really enjoyed that, when they found the R.L. Stine books, the main character Zach asks “Why does he have a bunch of childrens books.” Since that is kind of how I always felt. They had a lot of clever little humorous moments that made me laugh. They didn’t use slapstick or dirty comedy (Which is what a lot of comedy is now a days) and it was still funny. Nothing was about sex or drugs and it was still enjoyable. An honorable mention goes to the character of the aunt – who was pretty good comedy relief thrown in. The monsters definitely could be scary to some younger kids and the fact that so many people would be at a high school dance seems unrealistic (but maybe true in a small town). The story really had some weight to it and the characters were all enjoyable and nothing was terribly acted. I would definitely recommend this movie as a fun movie to watch if you get the chance to watch it.
One Book to rule them all…..