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Goosebumps is a 2015 American fantasy computer-animated live-action horror comedy film directed by Rob Letterman, based on the best-selling children's book series of the same name by author, R.L. Stine. The film stars Jack Black as R.L. Stine, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Amy Ryan, Halston Sage, and Jillian Bell. The film was released in theaters on October 16, 2015 by Columbia Pictures. The film received mostly positive reviews by critics, and was a success at the box office. The digital version was released in the United States on January 12, 2016, while the Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray, and DVD was released on January 26, 2016.

Synopsis

After moving into a small town of Madison, Delaware, a teenage boy named Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) meets Hannah (Odeya Rush), his new neighbor. Hannah's father, R.L. Stine (Jack Black), author of the Goosebumps novels, keeps all the ghosts and monsters in the series locked up in his books. When Zach unintentionally releases the ghouls and the monsters from their manuscripts, Zach, Hannah, and Stine team up in order to put the monsters back where they came from, before it's too late.

Plot

Opening title

Teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) and his mother Gale (Amy Ryan) move from New York to the small town of Madison, Delaware. His new neighbor is a girl named Hannah (Odeya Rush). They introduces themselves to each other, then her father, Mr. Shivers (Jack Black), tells Zach to stay away from them. That night, he watches a video of him and his dad playing baseball, Zach's dad died last year.

The next day, Gale starts her new job as the vice-principal at the high school, Zach is a student there himself. The day skips to an end of school assembly, where Gale tells everyone about tomorrow's fall dance. A boy named Champ (Ryan Lee) sits next to Zach and befriends him, giving him his contact information so he can give him a call if he wants to go to the dance with him as part of their plan to get dates.

That night, Zach takes out the garbage, then Hannah says hi. They go to an abandoned amusement park, and climb to the top of the Ferris wheel. They talk to each other for a while, and Zach is happy that he found a friend, and he may like Hannah more than a friend. When they arrived home, Shivers warns Zach again to stay away from them.

On the very next night while Zach is doing his math homework, he sees Hannah and Shivers arguing in the window, followed by Hannah screaming. He rushes over to make sure she's okay, but Shivers tells Zach that there was no scream. Zach calls the police and Officer Stevens (Timothy Simons) and Brooks (Amanda Lund) arrive at Shivers' door. He explains that Hannah went back home with her mom in London, and the scream was from a horror movie that he was watching on his HDTV which has surround sound. Officer Stevens and Officer Brooks end up telling Zach the penalty for filing a false police report. When Officer Brooks quotes "three years," Officer Stevens quotes "Yeah, close. It... actually, it's a written warning." When Gale leaves to chaperon the dance, she asks her sister Lorraine (Jillian Bell) to watch Zach, after being grounded for calling the police on Shivers.

Later, Zach sees Shivers talking to Hannah in the window, knowing that he was right after all. He tells Lorraine not to go in his room because he has a test to study for. This is a cover-up as he is actually going to sneak in Shivers' house and save Hannah. He calls him pretending to be a cop and asks him to come to the station for further questioning. Zach meets up with Champ, after calling him and making him believe they were actually going to the school dance tonight when actually he needs his help, who goes with him in Shivers' house. When they make it to the office upstairs, they see a bookshelf full of manuscripts, each one is titled a different book in the Goosebumps book series. Champ grabs the one titled, The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, and wonders why this one, and all the others, have locks on them and questions if there is some sort of key that unlocks them. Zach finds the key near by on the desk and unlocks it to prove a point. When Hannah comes in the room, wondering why they're there, Zach explains the situation, and grabs the book by the cover, having dropped it when she was try to attack them, mistaking them as Buglers, accidentally letting the book open. The real Abominable Snowman pops out of the pages, then smashes through the walls of the room, leaves the house, and escape into town, knocking the other manuscripts to the ground, the one titled, Night of the Living Dummy is unlocked as well.

Zach, Hannah, and Champ follow the Abominable Snowman to a local ice rink, where it attacks them. Luckily, Shivers sucks it back into its book. On the way home, Zach finally realizes that Shivers is actually R.L. Stine, the author of Goosebumps. Once back at home, Stine tells Hannah to start packing, but Hannah doesn't want to move since she's grown attached to Zach. Zach comes back in, with Champ, asking Stine for an explanation on what's going on. So Stine explains to the kids what's going on. He says that when he was a kid, he had suffered from terrible allergies that kept him indoors. The other kids would make fun of him, so he created his own friends, monsters, demons, and ghouls that he imagined would terrorize all the neighborhood kids that made fun of him. But then one day, They all became real and unstable, so Stine wrote the Goosebumps series to lock them up inside their own Manuscripts from where they came from and made harmless copies to sell around the world, making him a famous author. While picking up the books, Stine realizes that one is missing. Sitting in the chair is Slappy the Dummy (voiced by Black) from Night of the Living Dummy, who was angry about being imprisoned. He burns his manuscript, and flees the house with the others. He opens the book The Haunted Car that releases the titular car and then releases the Lawn Gnomes from Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes. Zach, Hannah, R.L. Stine, and Champ battle them, but the gnomes come back together, the Group realizing that the monsters can't be destroyed, so they escape from the gnomes by going through the basement, that Zach had earlier picked the locks on the door so he and Champ could break into the house, and escape to the outside and began to search for Slappy after seeing more burnt manuscripts.

Slappy begins rampaging through Madison with the Haunted Car and opens You're Plant Food! releasing E. Ville Creeper's Plants which destroys the telephone towers. Then he opens six more books and throws them in different locations around town. The Body Squeezers from Invasion of the Body Squeezers: Part 1 and Part 2 freeze Officer Stevens, Officer Brooks, and the entire Madison Police Department where they accompany Slappy into the building. Fifi the Vampire Poodle from Please Don't Feed the Vampire! attacks Lorraine. While looking for Slappy and seeing that everyone in town has been frozen by The Body Squeezers, Zach tells Stine that maybe they could capture all the monsters if Stine wrote one story. Stine says he can only do it with his special typewriter, which is at the high school on display. While driving to the school, they get attacked by Brent Green (also voiced by Black), the Invisible Boy from My Best Friend Is Invisible, and then The Giant Praying Mantis from A Shocker on Shock Street. Will Blake's werewolf form from The Werewolf of Fever Swamp follows and chases them through the grocery store. Luckily, Lorraine hits the werewolf with her car where she's covered in poodle fur after escaping from Fifi. Zach tells her to get help. Lorraine goes to the police station to tell the cops to go to the school to help Stine and Company, where she gets frozen by the Body Squeezers after Slappy finds out, having been there the whole time listening.

R.L. Stine, Zach, Hannah, and Champ cut through a cemetery, where Hannah gets caught on a statue and Zach sets her free. They were about to kiss when Zach sees Hannah glowing ghostly blue in the moonlight, revealing her to be a ghost. Before he questions Hannah, the four get chased by the Graveyard Ghouls from Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls. They barely escape and make it to the high school. Once alone without Hannah around, Zach privately questions Stine about this and he tells Zach that Hannah is not real, but a Goosebumps character created because he was so lonely, and thought having a daughter would make him happier, most likely Hannah from The Ghost Next Door. Hannah comes along to tell them that She and Champ found the typewriter. Stine grabs the typewriter and goes to the auditorium to start writing the story, while Zach, Hannah, and Champ warn everyone.

Zach warns the students, the School Staff, and his Mom about the monsters. At first, they don't believe him. Someone jokes about how monsters are taking over, everyone laughs, and then the person says a giant praying mantis is coming and they finally do believe Zach when the Giant Praying Mantis takes the student close to the window. Zach tells the Whole School to calm down since he is in charge of helping protect the students and tells them that they have to barricade the doors to protect the school and not let the monsters come inside while R.L. Stine finishes writing the new story to capture all the Monsters. Outside on the football field, Slappy and the Lawn Gnomes release almost every monster in the "Goosebumps" series including Murder the Clown, Carly Beth Caldwell's Haunted Mask form, the Bog Monster, the Scarecrows, the Creeps, the Mummy of Prince Kho-Ru, Nila Rahmad, Madame Doom, the Pumpkin Head, and many more. They all have a bonfire of the burning books while Slappy tells them that the only way they'll be free forever, is if they kill R.L. Stine and charge an attack towards the School.

The principal speaks over the intercom for all students to get to safety. In the library, Zach battles the Bees from Why I'm Afraid of Bees and the rest of the monsters get in the school with the help of the Annihilator 3000s from Toy Terror: Batteries Included. In the hallway Taylor (Halston Sage) and Davidson (Steven Kruger) are attacked by the werewolf. Davidson abandons her, but then Champ saves Taylor from the werewolf by biting it with his silver teeth fillings. Taylor repays Champ by hugging and kissing him and becoming his new girlfriend, but the Plants and the Giant Praying Mantis are still attacking the school.

After realizing that there is just too many of the Monsters attacking at once and they are out numbered, Zach and Hannah go to the auditorium to try to find and warn R.L. Stine that the monsters are in the school. In the auditorium, Slappy finds and breaks Stine's fingers, by slamming the typewriter's case shut on his fingers preventing Stine from finishing the story as Zach and Hannah arrive to help save Stine from Slappy and as the students run from the monsters having finally entered the school. Hearing an Announcement, from the principal, that the monsters have Invaded the school, Zach, Hannah, and R.L. Stine make a break for the Gym, with the rest of the School, when they are attacked by E. Ville Creeper's Plants. After beating the Plants and making it retreat back to the outside, The Moon comes by and Hannah starts glowing again, but With Champ and Taylor to witness it. Champ asks Zach about that, saying that he already knows.

Zach, Hannah, R.L. Stine, and Champ leave Madison High on a school bus, and the monsters then start following them, after Stine realizes that Slappy and the Monsters are only after him, luring them away from the school, and now the students and staff are safe. The mantis knocks the bus over, and the Werewolf and the Abominable Snowman open the door, but Stine isn't driving, it's a tackle dummy which is triggered to a bomb causing the Monsters, but Slappy and The Haunted Car, to blow up to buy Stine and the Gang time to write the story.

Stine and the kids were actually on a different bus and They go to the abandoned amusement park, and Stine tells Zach what to write because the Story has to be Fully Complete in order to work, but then Slappy finds them since the werewolf tracked their scent, and Slappy opens the book titled The Blob That Ate Everyone. Once the Blob came to life, it devoured the fun house, where they were hiding and Stine tells the kids to climb to the top of the Abandoned Ferris Wheel and finish the story while he distracts the monsters. The Blob swallows Stine, but he's still alive as Slappy watches and begins tormenting Stine, saying that being trapped in the blob is like being locked inside Stine's manuscripts, then Slappy notices that Stine doesn't have the manuscript that's going to defeat them, and sees that Zach has it, Slappy then sends the monster army after them. Zach, Hannah, and Champ, having climb the Ferris Wheel, avoiding the monster army below. Zach finished the story and put the final page of it in a leather bound manuscript. The mantis chews the bolts, causing the wheel to roll down the hill and crash, luckily, they survive. As Zach, who is about to open the book, he realized that if he did, all the Monsters, Including Hannah will be sucked in too. Hannah then tells Zach that she knew she wasn't real after all and she opens the book herself. All of the monsters are then sucked back to the book one by one. When the Blob gets sucked in the book, it spits R.L. Stine out. Slappy then begins to strangle Stine only for him to kick Slappy into the vortex. Slappy vanishes saying "See you in your dreams!". As Zach holds onto Hannah, she accepts her fate. Zach and Hannah kiss goodbye, then she lets go of him. Hannah was sucked in the book as well, and Champ closes the book.

Sometime later, Madison High School is seen being repaired and reopens. Stine gets a new job as the new English teacher, as well as him now dating Lorraine. Zach and Champ have Stine's class the last period of the day and he gives them his first lesson about how Every story ever told, including Goosebumps, can be broken down into 3 very notable parts: The Beginning, The Middle, and Finally, The Twist. After class, Zach walks with Stine in the hallway. The School's New drama teacher Mr. Black (portrayed by the REAL R.L. Stine) says hi to Stine and he says hi back. Zach asks Stine if he misses Hannah. Then Hannah appears in the hallway. Stine told Zach that he wrote her back into existence with another book. He then sets her book on fire and puts it in the trash so Hannah doesn't have to go back in it. Zach and Hannah kiss and leave school holding hands. Stine just stares at them and smiles. A few minutes later, Stine grabs his suitcase and is about to leave school himself, but then he suddenly sees the typewriter typing by itself, writing "The Invisible Boy's Revenge". It turned out that Brent Green had evaded capture as he quotes "You forgot about me!". Brent's hand print appears on the cabinet glass while Brent maniacally laughs as Stine screams in horror.

Alternate Opening

The film was originally going to start this way:

Two movers (Kumail Nanjiani and Luka Jones) are packing a house, they put the boxes in the moving truck. One of them accidentally drops a large trunk. The boxes and trunk contain the Goosebumps manuscripts, which fall out onto the ground. When hitting the ground, the Night of the Living Dummy manuscript's lock breaks, but the movers put all of the books back in the trunk anyway, saying that they will tell the owner about this, after he tips them. As they drive off, one of the movers begin talking about how a lady (specifically a tollbooth operator) was flirting with him, when then they suddenly hear a loud noise coming from the back of the truck. Initially, they assume a box fell over. The two movers pull over and check out the back of the truck, and they see the books from the large trunk lying on the ground. One of the movers sees something rushing by in the truck, causing the movers to further investigate. They venture further in to the moving truck. Slappy reveals himself, and one of the movers refers to him as a "Ventriloquist Dummy". Slappy gets offended and replies to him saying, "Who you calling Dummy? Dummy!" The two movers scream in terror as the back door of the truck slams shut behind them.

Alternate Ending

The film was originally going to end this way:

Zach and R.L. Stine are walking down a hallway. Zach asks Stine if he misses Hannah, and Stine responds yes. Then, a girl called Anna (Ella Wahlestedt), asks Zach if he could help her. She says it is her first day at school. Zach thinks that the girl is one of Stine's creations, so he moves the girl next to a window in the rays of the sunshine, to see if she is also a ghost. She doesn't glow. Anna then walks away, thinking that Zach is crazy. Stine explains to that he didn't write anything, and that Zach should go with her. Zach quickly runs up to Anna and tells her that his strange behavior was just his way to say hello. Zach waves to Stine, and then he gives a tour of the school to Anna. He tells her that the gym is still being repaired because of the events that had happened previously.

Stine walks the other way, but sees his typewriter typing by itself. It types the words "Slappy's Revenge". Stine screams in horror as Slappy's reflection appears on the glass, says "Hello papa" and blinks slowly.

(In this last scene of the movie, Slappy was replaced by Brent Green. According to R.L. Stine, the reason the filmmakers deleted this ending was because everyone in the test audience hated it.)

Cast

Goosebumps original motion picture soundtrack artwork2

Crew

Production

The first attempt at a Goosebumps film was in the early 90's, in which George A. Romero, the creator of Night of the Living Dead, was going to make, he even finished a draft, but the project fell through.

A second attempt was in 1998, in which Tim Burton was going to produce, but failed because they tried to make the film based on a specific book, but the books are not long enough to be made into films, plus they didn't know which book the movie should tell.

The rights to make a Goosebumps film were given to Sony pictures in 2008, and Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski were hired to do the story, unlike previous attempts, instead of making the movie based on one book, they decided to make a reality/fiction story in which the monsters of the Goosebumps series invade the real world, and R.L. Stine himself plus three teens have to stop them. The screen writer was originally going to be done by Carl Ellsworth, but the first draft of the script in 2012 had language, the screenwriting job went to Darren Lemke later on.

Casting

The crew were hired throughout, including Deborah Forte, who produced the television series, and Rob Letterman was chosen to direct the film. Jack Black was cast as R.L. Stine in September 2013, and he met with Stine and told him how he was going to play him, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush were casted in February 2014, and the rest in April 2014, then it was announced that the film would hit theaters on August 7, 2015. The cast attended Comic Con three times, in July 2014, and in June and September 2015, in November 2014, the release date was switched to April 15, 2016, then in January 2015, it was switched to October 16, 2015.

Filming

Filming began on April 23, 2014 in Atlanta, and Madison, Georgia, where the director of photography was done by Javier Arresorbe, filming ended on July 16, 2014, the editing then began throughout 2015. The trailer to the film was released on July 8, 2015.

Monsters and Villains

The following monsters and villains appear in this film:

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Back-of-the-book ad

Scrapped Monsters

These monsters were originally going to appear in the film as shown in a second draft of the film, but were cut out[1]:

Music

The score of the film performed by Danny Elfman.

See Goosebumps Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for a complete track listing.

Songs

  • "Racketeer" by The Blue Van
  • "Headlights" by OPIEN
  • "Get Ugly" by Jason Derulo
  • "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Ryan Perez - Daple
  • "Better Than the Rest" by Shock Diamonds
  • "Heads Will Roll" (A-TRAK remix) by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • "Break the Rules" by Charli XCX (Trailer only)
  • "Bumps Gonna Goose Ya!" by Jack Black (Nerdist Music Video only)

Box Office

As of March 22, 2016, the film has grossed $80.1 million in North America, and $76.3 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $156.4 million, against a budget of $58 million, While in theaters, it was the #1 movie in America in October 2015, and was The fourth film to reach the top of the box office in the fall of 2015, the other three being War Room, The Perfect Guy, and Hotel Transylvania 2. In Mexico, the film grossed $7.1 million. In Australia, the film grossed $6.3 million. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the film made $4.0 million, opening at #1 in the box office. It opened at #2 in Russia, making $1.27 million (behind In The Heart of the Sea). Furthermore, it opened in France at $1 million.

Blu-Ray/DVD

Blu Ray copy

Blu Ray DVD

The movie was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-Ray January 26, 2016. The digital download was released on January 12, 2016. The movie has a total of nine special features on the 3-D Blu-ray and blu-ray version:

  1. Beginner's guide to surviving a Goosebumps creature- in this special feature, Zach and Champ show us how to survive the following monsters: Lawn Gnomes, The Werewolf, The Haunted Car, Abominable Snowman, and The Giant Praying Mantises.
  2. Strange things are happening... on set- During the filming of Goosebumps, Dylan Minnette recorded a video diary, and he shows us the strange videos in this feature.
  3. Alternate opening- The film's original start... starring Slappy.
  4. Alternate ending- On R.L. Stine's website, he said that this ending was cut because everyone hated it, so they changed it.
  5. Deleted scenes- scenes that were cut out. Including R.L. Stine going to the police station, Zach and Hannah flirting in the car, and more.
  6. Blooper reel- This feature shows all of the hilarious mistakes that the cast and crew made during filming.
  7. Casting gallery- This feature shows screen testing from Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush.
  8. All about Slappy- Slappy tells us how the crew made him for the film, R.L. Stine's thoughts on him, as well as his books, and how much Slappy loved playing in the film.
  9. Creaturefield!- Two of the FX creators for the monsters, Steve Prounty and Fiona Cush, show us how to make ourselves into our favorite monster's, they show us how to make fake blood, and a realistic Mummy mask.

Blu-Ray/DVD Trivia

  • The DVD version only has the first two special features.
  • The Digital version has an extra special feature.
  • The movies previews that play before the film starts, plays the trailers to The Goldgurg's: Season Two, Pixels, Hotel Transylvania 2, The 5th Wave, The Angry Birds Movie, and Open Season: Scared Silly.
  • Goosebumps was the #1 most purchased blu-ray on the week of January 26th - February 2nd.
  • Brent Green may be included on the cover art of the packaging, because Champ's tie is held up
  • On the Blu-Ray version, excluding the rental, before the movie's main menu shows up, Slappy gives the viewers a special message.
  • Goosebumps is also released in a DVD 3-pack, with Zathura and Jumanji.

Languages

Goosebumps is playable and subtitled in:

  • English
  • English Audio Descriptive Track
  • Spanish
  • French
  • French Audio Descriptive Track

Gallery

References to Goosebumps books

Goosebumps (original series)

Give Yourself Goosebumps

Goosebumps Series 2000

Goosebumps HorroLand

Goosebumps Most Wanted

Merchandising

See: Goosebumps (film)/Merchandise

Sequel

On September 2, 2015, it was reported a sequel was in the planning stages, on April 25, 2016, it was confirmed that Rob Letterman and Darren Lemke will return to direct and write the film, and on February 7, 2017, Sony announced that the film will be released on September 21, 2018.[2]

Gallery

To see the full image gallery, please view Goosebumps (film)/Gallery.

Videos

Trivia

References

  1. https://wikileaks.org/sony/docs/03_03/Mktrsch/F%20I%20L%20M%20S/INTERVIEW/INTERNATIONAL/UK%20Trailer%20Test/UK%20Trailer%20Test%202/Trailer/Watchable%20Versions/GOOSEBUMPS/Goosebumps%2012-18-12%20Hall.pdf
  2. http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Goosebumps-2-Happening-Get-Details-80667.html

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