Chrissa Hardy
February 27, 2014 12:56 pm

Fantastic news, ’90s bookworms! 2016 will shower us with oodles of nostalgia with the March 23rd release of the Goosebumps movie from Sony Pictures, starring Jack Black.

My first thought when I heard this news was, which book will this be based on? There are so many to choose from! But as reported by Variety: The story follows a kid (played by Dylan Minnette), who moves from New York City to the small town of Greendale, Maryland and discovers that his secretive neighbor is veteran young adult horror author R.L. Stine (played by Jack Black). When all the many demons of Stine’s mind are set free by a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Minnette’s character and Stine’s niece Hannah to deal with all the evil.

Let that soak in for a moment….


Holy Bookmark, things just got awesome.

Many moons ago, I sat on the gymnasium floor of my elementary school inhaling a stack of R.L. Stine classics in an effort to score the coveted Free Pizza prize from the Book It program. Remember Book It? The constant celebration of book nerds everywhere? Read the most books in your class and you get free pizza? It was a wonderful system. And the ’90s were a glorious time to be an avid reader. R.L. Stine was (and still is) king of spooky kids’ fiction and with 62 stories to choose from, the series provided endless entertainment.

So as my mind is rapidly spinning with glee, I have the following questions.

1. Where can I buy advanced tickets? Because I would like to reserve seats immediately.

2. Will this be in 3D? I’m not a 3D fan, for the most part, but I want to feel like those monsters are flying straight at my face.

3. Does anyone have a Monster Blood cocktail made yet? I need pre-game plans.

4. Is 2016 going to be the year of the Mermaid trend? Because Deep Trouble was everything and I feel like they haven’t really had their turn in the spotlight yet.

5. Who is the demonic dummy that causes this mess? Is Slappy to blame? Or is it Mr. Wood?

6. Will we see the terrifying death prediction camera reappear? Because that thing still gives me nightmares.

7. The Haunted Mask…..yes. I’m sure we will meet again. What have you been up to since we last saw you? Evil business as usual? Great.

8. Who and what should we expect to see coming from beneath the sink this time around? Any new monsters?

9. When will the Fear Street series hit the big screen? Those stories were a horrifying and brilliant transition from tween to teen reading.

10. Who wants to spend 2014, 2015 and the first three months of 2016 re-reading all of these books and living on nothing but pizza and Mountain Dew like the good ol’ days? Anyone? Just me again? Some things never change. And I’m okay with that.

The film will be directed by Rob Letterman and produced by Neal H. Moritz. Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment, which published the books, is also producing.

Are you excited? Which book was your favorite?

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