Believe it or not, he’s actually not trying to terrify kids.
When it comes to legends in children’s fictions, few names resound more highly than R.L Stine’s. He is a staple of any 10 year old’s library collection at any given time and continues to scare generation after generation. It’s only fitting that such a prolific and loved (or maybe feared) author get his books adapted into a film after so many years. Although he’s had made for T.V films and series, nothing compares to having the full Hollywood treatment.
Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation presented a special Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime New York screening of Goosebumps on Oct. 12. Stine was very fun to talk to and had a great sense of humor. He wasn’t at all scary, but was a man of few words. From the film: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee and director Rob Letterman all walked the red carpet. A family-friendly after party followed at Dave & Buster’s.
Check out the film synopsis below:
In Goosebumps, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), upset about moving from a big city to a small town, finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door, and makes a quick friend in Champ (Ryan Lee). But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah’s mysterious dad is in fact R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. As Zach starts learning about the strange family next door, he soon discovers that Stine holds a dangerous secret: the creatures that his stories made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Stine’s creations are unintentionally released from their manuscripts, Zach’s life takes a turn for the weird. In a crazy night of adventure, it’s up to Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine to team up and get all of these figments of Stine’s imagination – including Slappy the Dummy, the girl with the haunted mask, the gnomes and many more – back in the books where they belong to save the town.
The film hits theaters on Oct. 16.