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When I was a kid my all time favourite show was the Goosebumps TV show
and of course the books as well. Some of them really scared me and give
me nightmares. My favourite character was Slappy the living dummy.
I'm now 16 and I must say that the show is not at all scary to me anymore as I've watched many far more shocking things since the Goosebumps days. We all agree that the show was made for children which we all were when we loved it.
This is a really good show for children to view, but when you get older its just plain funny. My favourite episodes and books are still Welcome to Dead House, The Haunted Mask, Ghost Beach, The Ghost Next Door, Night of the living Dummy 2 and A Night in Terror Tower.
I would overall give RL Stines Goosebumps 10/10 stars as a good young person's creepy show. It will always remain a classic to me due to all the little thrills RL Stine and his wonderful book series give me whilst I was growing up.
I used to watch this show a few years ago on FoxFamily (now ABCfamily)
along with Eerie Indiana. Goosebumps wasn't intensely scary, just
mysterious and suspenseful - it sure kept MY attention. Anyway, I guess
you can only catch it on DVDs these days, as I do not believe it airs
anywhere on television. All of the episodes are unique and, for the
most part, have intriguing plots and endings.
So, in general, if you're looking for scarily satisfying shows to watch as a family, then Goosebumps is perfect. There are also movies that came out that are based on the old Goosebumps books we all loved to read. Good luck, and I hope you have as much fun watching the shows as I did!
Boy do I remember it well. Every Friday when I got home from school I would watch the newest horror story from the mind of R.L. Stine. And even though all I have left are old episodes on video tapes I still find it awfully clever. My favorite will always be the one with Slappy the evil ventriloquist's dummy. Slappy was always the scariest one to watch when I was a kid, after watching that I would get the willies and find it impossible to go to sleep. Other stories that would haunt my mind would be the Terror Tower, Fever Swamp, the haunted mask and welcome to dead house. For anyone who needs a good laugh or a good scare, R.L. Stine's Goosebumps is just the ticket.
Back in the nineties, during the Pre-Potter era. My generation was being delighted by the works of R.L. Stine and his magnificent book series "Goosebumps." Between 1992 and 1995 I myself read some great ones like "Monster Blood," and it's two sequels, "Say Cheese and Die," "Ghost Bead," "Deep Trouble," and the greatest one of them all "The Haunted Mask." So obviously in 1995 when FOX Kids premiered this show I watched it. And Loved it! The show's adaptation wasn't very accurate but it was still entertaining and faithful to the novels. This was a great show, not scary but neither were the books. It's just a nice entertaining show from an entertaining series.
Goosebumps was a very interesting piece of horror, in the sense that it
was not scary for adults or teens but still pretty scary for
5-12-year-olds. I used to watch this while I watched over my friend's
kid and I know everyone by heart, including the books. This series was
made in Canada and featured a variety of semi-scary stores. These
stores ranged from typical ghost in the attic, vampires, werewolves and
mummies, however, there were some stories that were just plain "out
there" (i.e. killer plants in a basement, real native American
lychans). These stores were, at points, pretty suggestive for ages 7.
They were pretty graphic (cutting a wrist and squeezing out green
blood), pretty frightening (bug-like alien librarian eating crickets)
and sometimes disturbing (Aunt and Uncle getting naked and putting on
skinned werewolf skin).
The story usually included a teenager, boy or girl, and they would be subjected to horrible, life-changing events. The kids were good sports for this series and the acting by some of them was exceptional and some were a bit overdone/underdone. Outside of the horror fantasy problems they dealt with real life situations that I'm sure all of us could relate to in one way or the other. Ex: moving to a new neighborhood, family vacations, bullies, mom and dad issues and school problems). I think that R.L., for kids at least, did a so-so job of capturing the reality of teenagers and young adults.
For the most part, Goosebumps was not that scary for teens, adults and some varieties of young kids but to rate it a TV7, maybe pushing it. It was defiantly more of a TV10, though this is what I think. It was pretty scary for kids and it would be equivalent to showing a 10-year-old The Hills Have Eyes. I kind of enjoyed it when it aired on Fox Kids and I probably would watch it again, but I'm not in a hurry. I would recommend it to any young (8-12) kid who want to be a loyal horror fanatic.
In October 2007, Cartoon Network began airing episodes of the show
Goosebumps. After looking it up on Wikipedia, I found that it was a
Canadian show from the 1990's. I thought, "Old foreign show, may check
it out." I hadn't read the books when I was little, so I didn't know
what to expect. The first episode, "The Haunted Mask" aired, and I was
Every episode was like a mix of a Twilight zone episodes and M. Night Shymalan film. Creepy atmosphere, and a twist ending. After watching this show, I asked my little brother to bring home as many of the books from the elementary school library as he could. As soon as I find the episodes on DVD, you can bet I'll buy them.
Back in the early to mid-'90s, I (and much of the rest of America's youth)
loved R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" series, which were as popular as Harry
Potter in their day. To this day I still read them occasionally. Even when
I was a kid I never found them all that scary (and when they got to "Series
2000", they took a huge nosedive very quickly), but they're entertaining
enough and worth reading. When this show first came on the air, I used to
watch it religiously. I haven't seen it in a good while, but I remember it
well enough to give some sort of commentary.
The show experienced the same problem with the novels themselves: after two very spooky seasons of "regular Goosebumps", we had to go to "Ultimate Goosebumps", which relied more on sheer weirdness than genuine scares. A lot of the "Ultimate Goosebumps" eps were based off short stories from Stine's five or six "Tales To Give You Goosebumps" books, which each had ten stories of varying quality ("Old Story", "The Perfect School", the one with the ants, and "Click" I can name immediately). And the book adaptations ("Bride of the Living Dummy", "A Shocker On Shock Street") were VERY loose by that point. The older eps of the show, like "The Haunted Mask", "Night of the Living Dummy II", "It Came From Beneath The Sink", "Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes", "The Werewolf of Fever Swamp", etc., varied slightly from the book they were based on, but in general were very faithful to the stories. There were some later eps ("Welcome To Dead House", "Night of the Living Dummy III") that were very well done, but the best eps were in the first two seasons. The show isn't a whole lot to get worked up over (I'd recommend the original "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?" personally), but it isn't a bad waste of thirty minutes. But definitely read the books, at least #1-35, if you like these kind of stories.
When I was in the fourth grade the Goosebumps books became exceptionally
popular. Every month when scholastic came out almost every kid would buy
the latest book. When the TV show came out, I don't remember the excitement
being at quite the same level.
Looking back at the show lately (I can't believe it still comes on), I can see why I wasn't such a huge fan of the show. When you are reading the book, you can imagine the monsters, make them as scary as you want (granted the books were mediocre at best). In the show, it was all displayed in such a banal way that the only people who can get scared are five year olds (and they probably don't get nightmares). What do you expect? Movies that are labeled horror movies don't even scare people anymore, we are beyond that. We know what to expect. Does anyone anticipate a children's show to break new grounds to scare us?
I don't know what I'm trying to conclude, but this is not a quality show and everybody knows that. It is however a children's show, and children's shows tend to be a little shabby. Except Arthur, now that's a good show!
Where do I start with this? I'm a huge fan of both the book and show, heres why. Growing up in the 90s, there was every kind of show a kid could love. Both live action and animated, there was much to offer, Ren and Stimpy, Clarissa explains it all, Freakaziod, the Tick, etc. One stood out to me. Goosebumps, I had read some of the books and when I saw the TV show, I fell in love with the series. The characters are super cliché, the dialogue is delightfully cheesy, and the monsters are really cool. My favorite monsters are the horror land creatures, Slappy, the Scarecrow, and the Mummy. This is truly a classic 90s show in every way. I would watch this every weekend, and even bring the tapes to my day care. In sort, this is one of the best shows from the 90s, and makes me miss fox kids even more. There used to be a show for everybody, now thats just a thing of the past.
The Goosebumps show has been a family favorite (among the 20-somethings and younger) since it began. Though not extremely well acted or written, it was the best spooky little show of the time. My nieces and I tried never to miss an episode, but we missed a few, unfortunately. One annoyance for my niece was that there was some discrepancy about who starred as Will Blake in the "Werewolf of Fever Swamp" episodes-- Amos Crawley or Michael Barry (as listed in the credits). Minor annoyances aside, we eagerly look forward to future episodes being released on DVD. I can't wait to see the "Night of the Living Dummy" episodes again and I'm looking forward to seeing "One Day at Horrorland" (apparent precursor to the Escape From Horrorland CD-ROM game) for the first time. Wicked cool!
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