Monday, 18 January 2016

Goosebumps The Movie Review And UK Release Dates

My older kids grew up on Goosebumps, they watched the programmes and one even owned all of the books. So when Tilly came across the series on Netflix a few weeks ago, we all sat down to watch them as a family. With the new Goosebumps movie being released on 4th February in the UK, I thought it would be a great stepping stone to introducing her to the film and the whole Goosebumps franchise

We were lucky enough to go and see the movie at the weekend and I purposely didn't read any reviews before I went because I didn't want it to spoil any surprises in the film. I wanted to make my own mind up about the film and this is what we thought :


The Goosebumps movie doesn't fail to offer a scare a minute with Jack Black playing R.L Stine, a reclusive living next door to a teenage Zach (Dylan Minnette) and his single mum. Jack Black's character is very loosely based on the real R.L Stein and at some parts of the film he is creepy and weird with a kind of odd English accent. But as its Jack Black, you love the character from the moment you see him on screen. He is living under the name of Mr 'Shivers' with his daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush)

Zach can't think of anything worse than moving from New York City to a sleepy town until he meets Hannah  and a friendship blossoms. One night Zach hears Mr 'Shivers' and Hannah arguing and then a scream! So he calls the police and there is no sign of Hannah in the house. Mr 'Shivers' convinces them that Hannah has gone back to live with her mum - Zach knows better and later breaks into the house with his friend Champ (Ryan Lee) who is the town geek and little do they know they are about to unleash a wave of terror through their boring, sleepy little town. They find some manuscripts from R.L Stine and immediately, Champ gets excited as he read them as a child, he reaches for a manuscript and unlocks it. As they are startled by Hannah, the book gets dropped and falls to the floor accidentally unleashing the Abominable Snowman, who causes mayhem throughout the town. Unknown to them the Abominable Snowman has dropped another book on the floor and so the chain of events starts. Slappy the Dummy, who is scary enough for kids and is the character who scares Tilly the most gets out of the book and releases all of the other monsters and chaos is created throughout the town. He uses his army of monsters to get revenge on R.L Stine and its down to him and the three teenagers to save the town and get rid of the monsters.

This film is rated as PG movie and Tilly is 5 years old, she actually spent some of the time sitting on my knee to watch the movie. This is a sign that she was soaking up the film and is a compliment to the actors and director making it so believable for the youngsters. There is plenty of adult/ teenage humour in the film so it is just as much fun for the adults watching it too and as the kids that used to watch the programmes when they were younger, are now parents themselves it makes it a real family movie because its bringing the family together to watch a movie that's based on a an old programme. I would say if you're taking your children, then its a good to have a bit of back ground knowledge of the older stories as they are bought to life in the film. It adds a bit of drama to the film because you know how what mayhem these monsters can cause.



The film is very good and has a twist at the end, that I didn't expect! We would give this film a 5* rating but I feel Tilly was slightly to young for the film. I would recommend this film for children between 7 and 13 but as it is a PG, parents will have to go too and I think the parents will enjoy it just as much - if not more than the kids.

Goosebumps is released on Friday 5th Febuary 2016, with a few cinemas showing advance screenings the week before. Go and see it!

47 comments:

  1. I have seen the movie and Jack Black is fabulous

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  2. I really cant wait to see this, me and my sister used to read all the books as kids

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    1. My older children read the books too :)

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  3. i took my grandaughter to see this last weekend x it was really good x

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  4. This is a great movie and very funny.

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  5. would love to see this movie- but we'll probably wait for the dvd or sky movies showing xx

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  6. My eldest daughter loves goosebumps, cant wait to see the film :)

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  7. The kids really want to see this, I do too as Jack Black is great.

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  8. I love Jack Black and he is excellent in this film. Really nice film for all the family to watch.

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  9. we have watched the movie & all the episodes on netflix my daughter i obsessed

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  10. I'd never heard of Goosebumps before the film came out but it looks really good and I think my boys would love the books.

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  11. I really want to take my 7yo to see this! I remember watching the series when I was younger!

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  12. I have seen trailers for it and would like to watch it with my grandchildren.

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  13. Love this movie, the whole family enjoyed it :)

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  14. The Movie was fantastic so we would love to begin reading the books. My boys are very curious about them.

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  15. I read these to my children and we watch the show as well. Next stop-the cinema!!

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  16. I really can't wait to see this movie, it looks great! Love Jack Black!!

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  17. We saw the film today, my boys now want to read the books that inspired the film.

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  18. I love Jack Black. His eyebrow action alone is worth watching ;)

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  19. i bet the film is great i know my kids want to see ut im sure they would also enjoy the books

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  20. Seems like a film (finally) suited to Jack Black. I'll hold out though until I've actually seen him in it :)

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  21. My family all loved this film. Lots of action throughout. We had not read any of the books before

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  22. we love this movie jack black is really good as r.l stine and the monsters are cool too kids found the gnomes really funny

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  23. I had all the Goosebumps books when I was younger and loved them. My daughter is 8 this year and is about a year ahead in her reading level. She's been mithering for a couple of weeks to watch the Goosebumps movie so reading your review has made me feel better about it. I wasn't sure if she'd be a bit young. I remember being such a scaredy cat at her age haha!

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    1. Take her, I think she would love it. Tilly has now watched all of the old series on Netflix. Have fun when you go

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  24. Can't wait to see the movie! Read the books as a child so look forward to my boys reading them too!

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  25. My grandchildren loved it (I might have liked it a bit as well)

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    1. shhhhh don't tell anyone but I liked it too ;)

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  26. We are yet to see the movie as the twins have been asking for it for ages so Saturday is going to be a treat for them, just to finish half term :) Can't wait :)

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  27. My son has seen this film twice already. He loves it!

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  28. we are hoping to go and see this film on the weekend - I'm not sure who is more excited me or the 5 year old haha

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    1. Have fun when you see the movie, I'm not sure if you saw the bit in my review that said about there being some scary bits and Tilly found it a bit too much and sat on my knee for some of the time, she held my hand for the rest of it hahaha.

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  29. This film looks fab, I loved reading the Goosebumps books when I was younger

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  30. My daughter absolutely loves the books and is desperate to see the film! We are planning to take her this weekend!

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  31. not yet seen it but it does look very good

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  32. My daughter went with her gran to see this & loved it but was scared when the zomnbies appeared.

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  33. A very comprehensive review and I'd thought about taking my grandchildren to see it but as one is only five,I think that,like Tilly may be too young.

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  34. watched this movie at the weekend and it was brilliant x

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  35. my nephew loved the movie it's now one of his faves :)

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  36. I used to love goosebumps books when I was younger and can't wait to take my daughter to see the film. Looks great. :)

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  37. This film is fantastic my children loved it, Im a big fan of Jack Black and Goosebump books so win win all round. I would agree there are some scary parts that my 5 year old got a bit scared by but my 2 year old thought the film was hilarious (she is a bit of a weird one)

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  38. I was so excited when I heard about this! Like your older children I grew up on Goosebumps - loved all the books, watched the tv series and it was a major series in my childhood, so takes me right back :) Haven't seen it yet though, illness has conspired!

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  39. My son went to see the film last week & loved it,I'd love to win the books for him x

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  40. I think Jack Black is great. Haven't seen the film yet, and I don't think I've read any of the books. I'm sure my daughter has a few, I need to dig them out.

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  41. I used to love reading the Goosebumps books growing up - cannot wait until my Daughter is a bit older and she appreciates the stories for herself.

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