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Goosebumps

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Goosebumps

Rob Letterman (2015)

103min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This spooky adventure from director Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs Aliens) takes RL Stine's popular series of children's books as its inspiration. Dylan Minnette stars as teenager Zach, whose relocation from the city to a small town brings him down, that is until he falls for Hannah (Odeya Rush), who lives next door with her overprotective father (Jack Black). However, when Zach's curiosity about her dad's mysterious bookcase of locked manuscripts gets the better of him, all manner of deadly monsters burst forth and overrun the town. At this point, Goosebumps becomes heavily reliant on CGI, moving from one frenetic chase sequence to another, with creatures ranging from a vengeful ventriloquist's dummy (voiced by Black) and a mob of homicidal lawn gnomes to an abominable snowman and a giant mantis wreaking havoc. None of these are particularly scary, but the film is pleasantly enjoyable throughout, combining likeable characters with knowing gags and lively set pieces.

Summary

A teenager discovers his new neighbour is the writer of a popular series of books, who harbours a terrifying secret. The ghosts and monsters the author writes about are real, and his stories keep them contained. The youngster accidentally releases them into the real world, and has to find a way to get them back in the books before they can cause chaos. Fantasy adventure, starring Jack Black and Dylan Minnette.

Cast & Crew

RL Stine / "Mr Shivers" / Slappy Jack Black
Zach Cooper Dylan Minnette
Hannah Odeya Rush
Gale Amy Ryan
Champ Ryan Lee
Lorraine Jillian Bell
Taylor Halston Sage
Hallway Player R L Stine
Director Rob Letterman
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 5 Feb 2016

Childrens Drama

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