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Jack Black Fights His Literary Monsters in the First Goosebumps Trailer

We’ve known for a while that the Goosebumps movie would be a weird metanarrative about the books themselves rather than inspired by them, with Jack Black as original writer R. L. Stine. Now we’ve got a first look at the movie in action, and it looks just as weird as this original idea sounded.

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The movie revolves around young teenager Zach (Dylan Minnette) moving into a new home and learning that his cranky neighbor is in fact the legendary Goosebumps writer—and that somehow, Stine’s manuscripts actually house the spooky creatures he writes about. Naturally, a bunch of them get out and wacky hijinks ensue in something that leans a little less into full-on creepiness like the books or TV show did, and more into a goofy comedy tone.

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I almost wish the insane metatextual side of this had been played a little straighter, just to make it seem even more ridiculous than it sounded, but this could be a fun “every Goosebumps monster ever!” sort of romp.

Goosebumps is due out October 16th.

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DISCUSSION

Those kids don’t look 13/14, the main character doesn’t seem to be the biggest loser ever, and their relationship doesn’t seem like it will be platonic! This isn’t the Goosebumps I grew up with!!

That actually doesn’t look terrible. Maybe not a great movie but possibly an enjoyable one. Also it seems like Jack Black won’t be playing Jack Black so that is a bonus.

Also spoiler alert: They all turn out to be dogs or something.