When teenage Zack and his single mother leave New York to move to the small town of Madison Delaware, he is less than thrilled. Then he meets Hannah, the cute girl next door. Not even Hannah's overprotective to the extreme father can discourage Zack and Hannah. Then one night Zack hears screams of terror coming from next door. When the police don't find anything, Zack and his new friend "Chump" investigate. Because it's obvious Hannah's father is hiding something, right?
Zack and Chump stumble on a terrible and dangerous secret. They learn that Hannah's father is none other than the infamous horror author R.L. Stine, and all the monsters, creatures, and things that go bump in the night in his books are real. Naturally, the teens accidently unleash the monsters on the town of Madison. Now they must find a way to put the monsters back in the books...before it's too late! BWAhahahahaha!
I checked this one out because it looked fun, and I thorougly enjoyed it. Even more than I expected to. Based on the popular book series of the same name, Goosebumps has everything you could want in a scary, but not too scary movie: Lots of action, great special effects (with a few "jump" moments), and the perfect blend of dark humor and comic relief. If you liked Beetlejuice, you'll love Goosebumps!--AJB
p.s. If you're looking for a good book to accompany the Goosebumps movie, I suggest The Stone Child, by Dan Poblocki. The premise of this book is similar: A boy finds an old unpublishged manuscript by his favorite horror writer and, in reading it, accidently lets the monster loose on the town. But the story itself is much darker and will surely keep you awake at night. Listening... DID YOU HEAR THAT???