In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. 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. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
With the door now technically open for any monster featured across the Goosebumps series (books and television episodes) to appear in the movie, we’ve gone back over the franchise to pick out the creatures that we would most like to see realised on the big screen.
Here are eight books we’d start with.
Welcome to Dead House
It all started with Welcome to Dead House back in 1992, and it seems only right that the titular homestead make an appearance in the upcoming movie. Perhaps it could be where Hannah lives, and if so then Zach’s first encounter with the abnormal would most likely involve a group of undead children attempting to sustain their afterlife with fresh human blood.
Jack Black’s R. L. Stine could take on the role occupied by Mr. Dawes in the book, which would give the actor something a little more ambiguous to play with.
There were a number of sub-series within the Goosebumps franchise — from Say Cheese And Die and its ingeniously titled sequel Say Cheese And Die – Again to the Night of the Living Dummy trilogy — but by far the longest running was the Monster Blood saga.
Monster Blood is a substance similar to Silly Putty which was cursed by a witch named Sarabeth. It has the power to consume any substance, or if consumed itself to imbue an individual with extraordinary height. Across the four books it infects Evan’s dog, the class hamster and Evan himself, before being revealed to be a military weapon in Monster Blood IV when a new strain — complete with fangs — begins to devour everything.
It Came From Beneath The Sink
What came from beneath the sink, you ask? It did, silly — a living sponge that both causes bad luck and feeds off of the resultant frustration. Kat and Daniel learn from the Encyclopaedia of the Weird — a sort of child-friendly Necronomicon — that it is actually a creature called a Grool, and that it will only relinquish its hold over the family when Kat has died.
While Kat eventually succeeds in defeating the creature (not with anger, but with love) the story ends with the siblings inheriting another creature — a toothed potato called a Lanx. One for the mid-credits sting, surely.
A Shocker On Shock Street
Robots! Werewolves! Quicksand! This meta-tale of a film set coming to life to haunt two visiting Shock Street fans has it all. Marty and Erin are alone on the tour, and get much more than they bargained for when the attractions come to life around them.
I’m not sure how easy it would be to integrate elements from this story into the film itself (more than most A Shocker On Shock Street is quite a self-contained narrative), but a cameo from one of its giant preying-mantis’ is surely a must.