After moving to a new small town, teenage Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) meets the beautiful girl next door, Hannah (Odeya Rush). But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange - he is a prisoner of his own imagination - the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town. It's up to Stine, Zach, Hannah, and Zach's friend Champ (Ryan Lee) to put all the monsters back in their books.
R.L. Stine observed that one of the major hurdles in getting a Goosebumps movie made was having too many books to choose for adaptation, and that it was a masterstroke of this film to include all of the characters in an original story. See more »
When Zach first enters Stine's Basement he is scared by a cuckoo. The cuckoo cuckoos four times but the hands on the clock show 2 o'clock. In R. L. Stine's 'The Cuckoo Clock of Doom', main character Michael Webster travels back in time and messes up the space-time continuum. See more »
[after typing "The Invisible Boy's Revenge" on R.L. Stine's typewriter]
Brent Green (The Invisible Boy):
You forgot about me!
[Leaves hand marks on the glass and manically laughs as Stine screams]
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Tim Jacobus's Goosebumps cover artwork is used in the ending credits. See more »
The Blu-Ray included an alternate opening. In this scene, two movers ([[Kumail Nanjiani]] and [[Luka Jones]]) from the moving company "Bannerman & Sons" look in the trunk of their moving truck to investigate a sound. When they find Slappy, one of them quotes "It's just a ventriloquist's dummy." Slappy then moves and quotes "Who are you calling dummy....Dummy." The two men scream as the trunk closes. See more »