The stories come to life in the first trailer for Goosebumps

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If you grew up in the ’90s, there’s a good chance you read a Goosebumps book or two. For me, Goosebumps was my favorite series of books as a kid. I liked it so much, I actually owned all 62 books in the original series. As such, when I heard that a Goosebumps movie was being made, my curiosity was piqued. But how do you adapt something like Goosebumps?

We’ve known for a while that the film would star Jack Black as R.L. Stine, and that it would deal with the monsters in his books coming to life somehow. For my money, this is a good idea and a smart way to approach the material. They could have just adapted one of the countless Goosebumps books, but the approach they’re using lets them draw from all of the stories, not just one.

Of course, a good idea does not equal a good movie. Thankfully, the movie’s first trailer has dropped, and now we have a better idea of what to expect from the film. Check it out below.

I don’t know about you guys, but I got some serious Jumanji vibes from this trailer. This is a good thing to me. Jumanji is a fun film that dealt with fantastical elements in a way that made it entertaining for both children and adults. I know there will probably be some Goosebumps purists out there who are upset that they’ve opted to go the action-comedy route with this film when Goosebumps is a horror series at its heart. However, I think that it would have been silly to try and make this a horror film. While the Goosebumps books were certainly about scaring readers, they were also quirky and had a sense of humor in them. I’m glad to see that is the tone they’ve gone with for the film.

The movie looks entertaining enough, but ultimately it appears to be directed at a younger audience. Having said that, it looks like something parents could take the kids to and still have a decent time themselves. Myself? I plan to give the film a shot because of my love of Goosebumps, and because Jack Black is always good for some laughs..

Goosebumps is set to creep into theaters on October 16th. You can check out the sweet official poster below.

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