See the Full Movie Page Goosebumps Trailer Is So Crazy It Just Might Work

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Goosebumps is a movie that we’ve been hearing about for years, and with very little information coming out recently, we finally have a trailer.

It’s the sort of franchise that makes the idea of a movie very scary (ha), both because the plethora of books means it could be about anything, and because it doesn’t seem as though it easily translates to a theatrical release. The books are great, and virtually all children everywhere can’t be wrong, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a good movie.

The film hits October 16th, which means we should have heard a lot more before now, which is another reason to be worried. Jack Black is, for many, a bit hit or miss, which is yet another.

But, the trailer does its job well, because it looks like crazy fun. Plus, we’ve apparently dealt with the “which story” problem, as the movie has just recently an official synopsis as well (see below). It doesn’t give you much beyond the story the trailer lays out, but it’s a lot of fun as well. Black turns out to play R.L. Stine, in a world where the teenagers involved have read the books. So… it’s a bit meta.

Check it out below, and get ready for a lot of zany fun.

Be sure to check the film’s homepage for images, updates, and more.

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, and makes a quick friend in Champ (Ryan Lee).  But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah’s mysterious dad is in fact R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series.  As Zach starts learning about the strange family next door, he soon discovers that Stine holds a dangerous secret: the creatures that his stories made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books.  When Stine’s creations are unintentionally released from their manuscripts, Zach’s life takes a turn for the weird.  In a crazy night of adventure, it’s up to Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine to team up and get all of these figments of Stine’s imagination – including Slappy the Dummy, the girl with the haunted mask, the gnomes and many more – back in the books where they belong to save the town.

Marc has been a film and television critic for over 15 years. He is a member of the BFCA and founding member of the BTJA. He has degrees in Philosophy and Secondary Education and a father of three.