Like many people who grew up with the Goosebumps series on standby for nightmare generation, I welcomed the idea of a movie with some degree of skepticism. The movie proved to be a pleasant surprise, however. The conceit of the film is that R.L. Stine's manuscripts serve as a prison for his characters and a noble next door neighbor sets them free mistakenly. They wreak enjoyable havoc on the small town in Delaware. Some schmaltzy moments aside, the film is a great time for young and old.
"Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door, and makes a 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 it's up to Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine to team up in a crazy night of adventure and get the creatures including Slappy the Dummy back in the books to save the town."
Rob Letterman, Jack Black, Amy Ryan, R.L. Stine, Ken Marino, Dylan Minnette, Ryan Lee, Jillian Bell, Odeya Rush, Karan Soni, Halston Sage, Timothy Simons, Amanda Lund, Steven Krueger, Keith Arthur Bolden, Caleb Emery, Gabriela Fraile, Nate Andrade, Sheldon Brown, Melissa Brewer, Marshall Choka, Melissa Cowan, John Deifer, Everett Dixon, R.L. Stine, Darren Lemke