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Crazy plot synopsis revealed for the now filming Goosebumps movie

Apr. 24, 2014by: Alex Maidy

The long in development GOOSEBUMPS movie is finally in production under director Rob Letterman (GULLIVER'S TRAVELS) with star Jack Black appearing as none-other than R.L. Stine. Stine is the real life author of the GOOSEBUMPS series of books which will get a meta-twist in the big screen adventure. Sony has unveiled the full plot synopsis for the film which has just starting filming in Georgia.

We also have learned that the film will co-star Dylan Minnette (PRISONERS) and Odeya Rush (THE GIVER). Unlike the TV series from the 1990s based on the books, the movie will not be an anthology but rather have one of the most batshit plots I have seen in a long time. Check out the synopsis below.

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange he is a prisoner of his own imagination the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it's suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

While this sounds like the world's biggest commercial as all of the existing GOOSEBUMPS books are easily reprintable now and are a direct part of the film's story, I cannot help but think this could be a cool concept. Scary movies for kids are a rarity these days and this could be a fun one to put alongside PARANORMAN and MONSTER HOUSE. While GULLIVER'S TRAVELS was pretty awful, it did make decent use of visual effects, so hopefull GOOSEBUMPS follows suit.

GOOSEBUMPS will debut sometime in 2016.

Source: iO9

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9:56AM on 04/25/2014
The only books I ever read when I was a kid were Goosebumps books. This actually sounds incredibly awesome.
The only books I ever read when I was a kid were Goosebumps books. This actually sounds incredibly awesome.
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12:53AM on 04/25/2014
reminds me of Cool World, only with monsters instead of a cartoon Kim Basinger
reminds me of Cool World, only with monsters instead of a cartoon Kim Basinger
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11:29PM on 04/24/2014
I guess making it meta is a step in the right direction.
I guess making it meta is a step in the right direction.
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9:18PM on 04/24/2014
That plot sounds actually crazy. It's like a crazier and zanier version of The Neverending Story.
That plot sounds actually crazy. It's like a crazier and zanier version of The Neverending Story.
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8:48PM on 04/24/2014
Could be good if the tone is not TOO kiddy. I just hope Slappy the Doll makes an appearance. He was one of my favorite Goosebumps monsters.
Could be good if the tone is not TOO kiddy. I just hope Slappy the Doll makes an appearance. He was one of my favorite Goosebumps monsters.
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8:35PM on 04/24/2014

Superstitious

This sounds like a similar idea to the story in RL Stone's first adult targeted novel, Superstitious. An Irishman freaked out when superstitions were violated in his presence. turns out it's because he was cursed as a child, so when anyone around him violates even the smallest superstition, an evil demon is unleashed to snack on that persons soul. This movie sounds exactly like a story Stine would write so it's great in my book.
This sounds like a similar idea to the story in RL Stone's first adult targeted novel, Superstitious. An Irishman freaked out when superstitions were violated in his presence. turns out it's because he was cursed as a child, so when anyone around him violates even the smallest superstition, an evil demon is unleashed to snack on that persons soul. This movie sounds exactly like a story Stine would write so it's great in my book.
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8:27PM on 04/24/2014
As long as I get some Monster Blood oozing down the street like The Blob or the mood slime in Ghostbusters II, you have one happy camper right here! Seriously though, this is a great idea and has lots of potential. Imagine the easter eggs? I wanna see The Mutant, Slappy, the plant creatures, the magic mirror, everything I remember from those books can now show up in the film. Crazy awesome idea!
As long as I get some Monster Blood oozing down the street like The Blob or the mood slime in Ghostbusters II, you have one happy camper right here! Seriously though, this is a great idea and has lots of potential. Imagine the easter eggs? I wanna see The Mutant, Slappy, the plant creatures, the magic mirror, everything I remember from those books can now show up in the film. Crazy awesome idea!
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4:46PM on 04/24/2014
sounds like it could be good
sounds like it could be good
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4:18PM on 04/24/2014
I'm not a Goosebumbs guy, but this sounds neat.
I'm not a Goosebumbs guy, but this sounds neat.
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4:06PM on 04/24/2014
I don't quite understand. I like the Jumanji suggestion, but if he has to keep the monsters locked up in his books, how is he famous?
And...I read easily the first 20 books and watched the show, and I can only remember like 2 monsters. When animals were released in Jumanji, we relatively understood their possible damage. But how will we know each monster's [link] I'm sure they'll have to play on creatures we know like vampires and werewolves that we know how to kill, but I remember a
I don't quite understand. I like the Jumanji suggestion, but if he has to keep the monsters locked up in his books, how is he famous?
And...I read easily the first 20 books and watched the show, and I can only remember like 2 monsters. When animals were released in Jumanji, we relatively understood their possible damage. But how will we know each monster's [link] I'm sure they'll have to play on creatures we know like vampires and werewolves that we know how to kill, but I remember a monster or two that was fairly original. So if they use those, they'll just have Jack Black say "Oh No that's color man! he does this and gets his powers from here BUUUUUT...WAIT A MINUTE...if we go here and do this we can undo his powers." So I don't see how they could utilize any original monsters well.
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I'm glad when movies aren't written with sequels thought of (unless it's already well established material like all the avengers stuff) - leaving a little bit opened up in case the movie is successful enough to do another. I like it with a contained story. With that being said, there's so much goosebumps stuff that I don't see how they can do a sequel that isn't the same thing. Like cloudy with a chance of meatballs. This sounds like it could be a fun little family movie, but I can't help but think they should've just adapted the books. And they could just keep changing casts. And if they are having trouble making one book into a feature, do two. Don't combine them, but it'd be 2 different 45 min movies under one title. Tho I guess that would be difficult production-wise with completely different casts, and completely different sets. I wish em the best tho.
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4:36AM on 04/26/2014
Believe it or not, there are people out there are who are familiar with the the biggest selling childrens' anthology series of all time.
Believe it or not, there are people out there are who are familiar with the the biggest selling childrens' anthology series of all time.
3:59PM on 04/24/2014
I don't think that I would say that it is "one of the most batshit plots I have seen in a long time." But it does sound ok. Could be a good kiddie horror flick. They need more of those. Hocus Pocus, Monster Squad, etc. Just good stuff, people.
I don't think that I would say that it is "one of the most batshit plots I have seen in a long time." But it does sound ok. Could be a good kiddie horror flick. They need more of those. Hocus Pocus, Monster Squad, etc. Just good stuff, people.
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6:16AM on 04/26/2014
Thumbs up for Monster Squad
Thumbs up for Monster Squad
2:59PM on 04/24/2014
Sounds like Jumanji with monsters.Paranorman is very underrated film.wish we get more animation films like these with more adult-oriented themes
Sounds like Jumanji with monsters.Paranorman is very underrated film.wish we get more animation films like these with more adult-oriented themes
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2:41PM on 04/24/2014
I loved goosebumps growing up. I still have all the books stored up in a box somewhere. too bad they got Jack Black to star, since he just pretty much does the same fake funny adhd performance. the concept sounds cool, But im afraid they're gonna Fuck this up...
I loved goosebumps growing up. I still have all the books stored up in a box somewhere. too bad they got Jack Black to star, since he just pretty much does the same fake funny adhd performance. the concept sounds cool, But im afraid they're gonna Fuck this up...
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2:40PM on 04/24/2014
At first I was kind of hesitant about the idea but after ready this I starting to warm up a little but to it. Goosebumps was one of my gateways to horror as a kid, I would love to see this rekindle some of the old scares for a new generation.
At first I was kind of hesitant about the idea but after ready this I starting to warm up a little but to it. Goosebumps was one of my gateways to horror as a kid, I would love to see this rekindle some of the old scares for a new generation.
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2:32PM on 04/24/2014

DAMN

This sounds so freakin cool. I hope they keep it real and creepy and scary, and fun. Not some PG movie but a nice good PG-13 film this could go down as really solid or pure shit. I do have faith in this. Goosebumps were my fav books as a kid.
This sounds so freakin cool. I hope they keep it real and creepy and scary, and fun. Not some PG movie but a nice good PG-13 film this could go down as really solid or pure shit. I do have faith in this. Goosebumps were my fav books as a kid.
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