Safe Nostalgic movie with lack of fear


Ashley Ochoa

Goosebumps, directed by Rob Letterman and written by Darren Lemke, is a 2015 American action/animated/ horror comedy film that was based on the children’s book series, Goosebumps by R.L. Stine.  The Columbia Pictures film was released in theaters on October 2015 and received about over $131 million on a $58 million budget.

The film starts with Zach Cooper and his mother ,Gale, who move from New York to Madison, Delaware. Their next door neighbors are Hannah and her father, the mysterious “Mr. Shivers”. Hannah is friendly, but Mr. Shivers is creepy and rude, he warns Zach to stay away from his family.

One day, Hannah sneaks out of her house and invites Zach to hang out at an abandoned amusement park in the woods. After they return home, Zach hears Mr. Shivers and Hannah arguing from his room window. Afraid that Hannah might be in danger, Zach calls the police, but Mr. Shivers assures the officers that nothing is wrong and the scream was from a movie. Suspicious that Hannah is still in danger, Zach ask for help from his socially awkward friend Champ.

Both Zach and Champ break into the Shivers’ house to search for Hannah. They find a shelf containing dozens of Goosebumps manuscripts, all of which are locked. Curious, Zach grabs a key nearby and unlocks one of the books. When Hannah confronts them, he accidentally drops the book The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, when the book opens, a living size of the abominable snowman comes out of it.

When Mr. Shivers returns home, he explains that he is R.L. Stine, the Goosebumps’s author. He explains how he created his stories as a child to cope with severe bullying, but the monsters came to life and became uncontrollable, so he had to trap them inside their manuscripts.

Shortly after that, The Night of the Living Dummy, book falls and the Dummy who is angry about being imprisoned for years in his book starts opening the rest of the Goosebumps manuscripts and releases all of the other characters.

Throughout the movie, Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Mr. Shivers are on an adventure trying to recapture all of the characters from each Goosebumps book back into a manuscript before they destroy the whole town.

Overall, the movie was hilarious and not scary. Many may see Goosebumps as a children’s movie, however, laughter has no age.