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This spooky adventure from director Rob Letterman (
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,
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.
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
R L Stine
DVD and Blu-ray
5 Feb 2016
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