Filmmaker Rob Letterman has yet again captured the hearts of his fans. This Halloween, he brought the popular R.L. Stine’s kids’ horror series Goosebumps to the big screen. As clichéd as this may sound, Goosebumps is a movie that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Giving the R.L Stine role to Jack Black was definitely a smart move and the rest of the cast, including Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Amy Ryan and Jillian Bell, did not disappoint too.

Zach Cooper (Minnette) and his mother Gale (Ryan) just moved to Madison, Delaware from New York. Zach meets his neighbour Hannah (Rush), who lives with her father Mr Shivers (Black). Zach finds it odd that Mr Shivers doesn’t allow Hannah to interact with anyone. One night, Zach and Champ (Lee), a new acquaintance, break into The Shivers’ residence. They soon find out that Mr Shivers is the famous R.L. Stine, who has created monsters that ruin the tranquillity of the neighbourhood and give nightmares to everyone. One day, the imaginary monsters become too real. Champ wonders why all the books are locked, so Zach unlocks one of the books to put an end to Champ’s curiosity, not knowing what would come next.

I have always been a fan of Rob Letterman’s work. Goosebumps is no exception. Jack Black never fails to entertain and props to Ryan Lee and Jillian Bell for giving the movie a comedic touch. Those two are definitely my favourites.

Another great thing about this movie is that it is enjoyable for everyone. I think the movie graphics is enough to catch most children’s attention, while there is a touch of romance for the hopeless romantics out there. It definitely won’t be a bore to the 90s generation as they get to reminisce their childhood and last but not least, I’m sure somebody in your family is a fan of Jack Black. That is enough to make them want to watch the movie. I know my dad enjoyed it even more than I did.

Of course, there are flaws in every movie. Here, the only things that kind of bothered me were the cinematography and the choice of music. The praying mantis from A Shocker On Shock Street and the blob from The Blob That Ate Everyone looked fake and obviously computer-generated. The choice of music gave me the chills, but not an adrenaline rush.

Putting the flaws aside, I give it an 8/10! Grab your cosiest blanket and a warm bowl of popcorn and watch with your loved ones how R.L Stine ,Zach, Hannah and Champ put an end to their nightmare. Feel the thrill, the suspense, and be ready to get GOOSEBUMPS!

By Kumuthavalli Shroom, 19, Selangor

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