A staple of so many childhoods, R.L. Stine‘s books have already been fodder for the small screen, but now they’re headed to the multiplex with “Goosebumps,” led by none other by Jack Black. Can it recapture the those creepy thrills readers got as kids, or will it just be another CGI monster movie? We’ll let you decide with the new trailer below.
Joined by Jillian Bell, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, and Kumail Nanjiani, the meta movie finds Black playing R.L. Stine himself. When he discovers his creatures on the page have become real life creations, he has try and stop them from wreaking havoc. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
So, maybe “Scream” for the tween set? “Goosebumps” opens on October 16th — trick or treat and watch below.