July 9, 2015 by Paul Curtin
Last year Sony Pictures teased us with a few images of the monsters that will be returning in the new big-budget Goosebumps movie and gave an August 7, 2015, release date. But after that first look, no other news or updates on the movie surfaced — leaving fans who grew up watching the TV show and reading the iconic books in the dark.
Thankfully, on the eve of Comic-Con, Sony has just released the first official trailer for the film that’s now set to open on October 16, 2015, right in time for Halloween. Here’s an 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.
Goosebumps is directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Gulliver’s Travels) and stars Jack Black, Jillian Bell, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, and Kumail Nanjiani. Letterman and Black previously teamed up for 2011’s Gulliver’s Travels, which was considered a travesty by critics and domestic box office reports… hopefully the two have learned from their previous mistakes.
Feelings towards the first trailer for Goosebumps, however, are sure to be mixed among those who grew up reading and watching the TV show almost two decades ago. Based on the trailer alone, it seems as if the source material has been adapted towards more of an adventure story than horror… viewer beware, there might not be any scares.