When news broke that the beloved Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine was being made into a new movie, I was insanely excited. For generations of fans, this series was their first entry point into horror. With plots running the gamut from ghosts to monsters to possession, no horror trope was off the table, and I was looking forward to how the series would be reimagined for a new generation. But then the trailer dropped. With its focus on generating laughs rather than freaking out impressionable children, I can’t say that I’m all that interested in seeing this one upon its release—which, coincidentally, is today.
And it’s a shame because the Goosebumps series is an excellent example of how horror can be reconfigured for younger audiences in such a way that its bite remains firmly intact. The episodic television series, in particular, is worth a watch for both its storytelling prowess and creepy atmosphere. My advice is to skip the theatre and curl up at home with these oldies but goodies.
Here’s my ranking for the top ten episodes of Goosebumps! Read more