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Goosebumps (2015) Movie – Review

Goosebumps 2015 MovieGrowing up, I’ve read plenty of Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine.  I have fond memories of reading them after school and they are of course pretty widely available nowadays.

When I heard of the Goosebumps (2015) movie being available on DVD I was thrilled. Particularly since I had tried (rather unsucessfully!) to get Junior to read the Goosebumps books.

We had watched a previous movie of Goosebumps two Halloweens ago, in the night, which was pretty cool, so I knew the Goosebumps 2015 Movie would not be all that scary. Plus with Jack Black as R.L.Stein, I knew it could be interesting. Nevertheless, I did watch the trailer since I didn’t want Junior riddled with nightmares!

Synopsis – Zach and has just moved into a new town where his mum will be the Vice Principal of the High School. It turns out that Zach’s new neighbour is none other than R.L. Stein who lives in a sort-a creepy, but beuatiful house with his teenage daughter. Zach, his new friend Champ, R.L.Stine and his daughter all have to work together and help capture all of R.L. Stine’s monsters who have escaped from the books he had written.

Goosebumps (2015) Movie, is rated PG for for scary and intense creature action and images and for some rude humor. While it is not overly creepy or scary, there are some parts like when Slappy the ventriloquist’s dummy, the zombies and ghosts from the cemetary start rising becomes a little creepy and could make little ones wonder what happens next, though it never quiet goes over-the-top. Junior actually went behind the sofa at one point but ended up laughing and coming back to sit.

What Parents Need to Know: There are all sorts of monters – zomber, creepy clowns, zombies, a werewolf, a dummy, garden gnomes, ghosts in a cemetary etc. While these are not extremely scary, they can scare small children and sensitive children. There is kissing as Zach and Rl. Stine’s daughter Hannah does kiss in more than one occasion. It is however, not as scary as the Goosebump books and is certainly not as spooky as some of the other movies out there. Rather clean language with one reference  to butt and twerking! Recommended age is 8 years plus but it does depend on how sensitive your 8 year old is.

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