Boo! (Or the lack thereof)

A review of the “Goosebumps” movie
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor
Only 90s kids would remember “Goosebumps!” Well, now we won’t be the only ones. The new “Goosebumps” movie was released on Oct 16 just in time for Halloween.
Directed by Rob Letterman, starring Jack Black, with music composed by Danny Elfman and the nostalgia that many folks in my age group share for the books and popular tv series, it was definitely a fun show. However, it did not reach its full potential.
I find that Nicolas Rapold from the New York Times worded it perfectly, “But more often than not, Mr. Letterman uses his movie as a toy chest of characters more than as a medium.”
Unlike that eerie feeling I got from reading the books and watching the series as a child, “Goosebumps” left me feeling like I had just looked at a yearbook from high school; the faces and characters were familiar, some I had memories of, but ultimately it didn’t make me feel anything.
Any possible character development or heartfelt moments for our protagonists were grazed over by Jack Black’s lack of seriousness and simply the lack of experience by the younger actors and actresses.
The collection of monsters that appeared on screen were actually well chosen considering there were 182 books to choose from. Some of the main monsters were arguably the scariest in the books and tv series – the werewolf from “The Werewolf of Fever Swamp,” the venus fly traps from the “Give Yourself Goosebumps: Lost in Stinkeye Swamp,” the giant praying mantis from “A Shocker on Shock Street,” and, of course, Slappy the Dummy from “The Night of the Living Dummy” saga.
While Slappy the Dummy was the most evil character in the books and the main antagonist in the movie, the creepiness attached to his clever schemes was lost in transition to the big screen. The other creatures, although large and destructive, also seemed to lose their terrifying blood-thirsty drives. You would definitely have nothing to fear about taking your little ones to see this movie.
Overall, it’s not as great as I’d hoped it to be; perhaps do to my inflated standards hyped up by nostalgia. However, it’s not terrible and it is a good way to introduce the newer generation to a franchise I loved so dearly when I was their age.

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