R.L. Stine is still the most prolific children's horror writer in the business. Though the kids are reading his books on iPads these days, not under the covers with a flashlight. His Goosebumps series ruled the Book Fair circuit, and it seemed like every time your parents took you to the mall, there would be six new stories to buy. Part of the creepy charm of the Goosebumps books were their grossly fun evocative titles and illustrated jackets, which gave your imagination just a taste of what Camp Run-For-Your-Life looked like. Here are our favorite Goosebumps titles and their Amazon descriptions. How many do you remember reading?
1. Say Cheese and Die!
"Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he found. The photos keep turning out . . . different.When Greg takes a picture of his father's brand-new car, it's wrecked in the photo. And then his dad crashes the car.It's like the camera can tell the future — or worse. Maybe it makes the future!"
2. My Best Friend is Invisible
"Sammy Jacobs is into ghosts and science fiction. Not exactly the smartest hobby -- at least not if you ask Sammy's parents. They're research scientists and they only believe in "real" science.But now Sammy's met someone who's totally UN-real. He's hanging out in Sammy's room. And eating his cereal at breakfast. Sammy's got to find a way to get rid of his new 'friend.' Only problem is...Sammy's new friend is invisible!"
3. The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
"Camp Jellyjam is no ordinary sports camp. The counselors seem a little TOO happy. And why are they so obsessed with winning? It might have something to do with the hideous, slimy discovery lurking in the darkness..."
4. How I Got My Shrunken Head
"What has two eyes, a mouth, and wrinkly green skin? Mark's shrunken head! It's a present from his Aunt Benna. A gift from the jungle island of Baladora.And Mark can't wait to show the kids at school!But late one night the head starts to glow. Because it's actually no ordinary head. It gives Mark a strange power. A magical power. A dangerous power..."
5. The Blob That Ate Everyone
"A famous horror writer. That's what Zackie Beauchamp wants to be. He's writing a story about a giant blob monster. A pink slimy creature who eats up an entire town!Then Zackie finds the typewriter. In a burned-down antiques store. He takes it home and starts typing.But there's something really odd about that typewriter. Something really dangerous. Because now every word Zackie writes is starting to come true..."
6. The Girl Who Cried Monster
"When Lucy observes the summer librarian eating flies and turning into a grotesque creature, she is certain that he is a real, live monster."
7. Piano Lessons Can Be Murder
"Convinced that there is something creepy about his new piano teacher, Jerry soon hears terrifying stories about Dr. Shreek's music school and students who never completed their lesson alive."
8. The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena
"Becoming sick of the endless hot weather in their Pasadena home, siblings Jordan and Nicole Blake wish for a real winter and are delighted with an Alaskan family vacation, until they come face-to-face with the Abominable Snowman."
9. The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
"When his father brings home an antique cuckoo clock, Michael is cautioned not to touch it, but he turns back the hands and suddenly he is getting younger by the minute — a year younger to be exact."
10. Don't Go to Sleep!
"Matt hates his tiny bedroom. It's so small it's practically a closet! Still, Matt's mom refuses to let him sleep in the guest room. After all, they might have guests. Some day. Or year."
Visual/WENNIt’s time for your inner child to freak the freak out. Before Harry Potter, before The Hunger Games, before Fifty Shades of Grey (yeah, I went there) there was a literary series like no other. R. L. Stine’s children’s horror books Goosebumps were wildly popular in the 1980s and '90s, and when the series spawned a television show, it was kind of a huge deal. Back in 1998, Tim Burton was attached to a Goosebumps film that never came to fruition, but now the project is officially back in the works. Burton is no longer directing, but we can think of five other reasons to still get creepy-excited about this.
The Jack Black Factor
As of right now, Bernie star Jack Black is in the midst of negotiations, and is expected to take on the lead role in the movie. Can you imagine Jack Black playing an R.L. Stine-esque writer, whose literary creations start coming to life in real and frightening ways? Yes, so can we.
The Monsters vs Aliens Director Is On Board
Rob Letterman is no Tim Burton, but this could actually be a good thing. The young director brought us (and, okay, our children) Monsters vs Aliens back in 2009, and since folks like Reese Witherspoon and Seth Rogen were on board that project, we expect he might pull out some heavy-hitters to join Jack Black on this one.
You Now Have An Excuse To Re-read The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom
Movies made from the stuff of childhood allow us to do the one thing we want to do pretty much every day —relive the magic. So head on over to Amazon and start pretending you’re nine again. You’ll feel so accomplished when you finish reading three whole books in 45 minutes. Then you’ll have an excuse to watch some of the series on Netflix because – oh yeah – Goosebumps the series is on Netflix!
The Fast & Furious Producer Is Involved
Look, the truth is that Hollywood has been known to destroy...things. Lots of things. Literary classics, careers, and childhood memories have all suffered greatly at the hands of the big screen. However, we have high hopes for Goosebumps the movie, partly because Neal H. Moritz (the guy responsible for totally reviving the Fast & Furiousfranchise) is producing.
You Can Twitter-Stalk R.L. Stine For Updates
If you’re not following R.L. Stine on Twitter right now, then what exactly are you doing? His bio reads: 'My job: to terrify kids.' And he’s been tweeting updates about the movie as well as his other projects, his love for wheat thins, and Demi Lovato. It's awesome.
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If nothing else, Texas Killing Fields appreciates efficiency. You know upon hearing the title if you want to see it or not. For those of you who do, the R.L. Stine-inspired poster and images of mindful woods-traipsing and harrowed cast members will surely keep you at bay until the killing fields are open for business.
Some may doubt the potential of Texas Killing Fields. If you look at it mathematically, however, the movie seems like a can't-miss. Ever since the seemingly interminable outbreak of chainsaw massacres, Texas has celebrated a backdrop adroit in the haunting of movie audiences. Killing... that's a no-brainer. And Fields: a great locale for scary scenes. Thus, all the constituents of this film point to a bona fide horror flick to resonate for years.
And as for the cast: Sam Worthington is cut from the mold of horror hero, Jessica Chastain warrants hazard and Chloe Moretz is too good at acting to be an actual person. Try out the trailer and see what you think.
Today’s youngsters haven’t been scared to death nearly enough. With two wars, a recession, and the rise of Spencer Pratt, kids don’t have anything to make them stay up at night. Luckily, a Goosebumps movie should change that.
Columbia bought the rights to the film in 2008 from author R.L. Stine and just hired a screenwriter for the project, Carl Ellsworth (though Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander worked on the original draft some time ago). Ellsworth’s previous credits include Disturbia and the stalled Red Dawn remake. The Hollywood Reporter notes that he seems to have found a favorite subject: putting kids in danger. While most of us wish we could scare the crap out of the snot nosed brat down the hall, Ellsworth gets to do it. Lucky jerk.
Goosebumps have sold over 300 million copies worldwide. The only series that has beat those numbers is the Harry Potter franchise and the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's literary phenomenon have done decently at the box office ($5.4 billion worldwide from 6 films with two more left to go). Stine penned 62 books in the original series so there is plenty of material to draw from (perhaps from my personal favorite title, Say Cheese and Die - Again!).
Children’s horror films are an unusual genre. Goosebumps, the book series managed to be creepy and legitimately scary but still accessible to the younger audience. Finding the same balance on screen will be a challenge. Current horror films (Saw, Hostel, remakes of 80’s slasher films) aren’t appropriate for kids, even though they sneak in and see them because that’s what kids do. So they’ll basically have to step up the gore and frighten the kids, but still make it family friendly enough so the parents will buy tickets. Sounds easy enough.
Source: Hollywood Reporter