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Still Getting ‘Goosebumps’ After All These Years

GoosebumpsR.L. Stine’s beloved scary story series, Goosebumps, is making its big screen jump after almost 15 years. Goosebumps began as a young adult novel series, spanning more than 50 books. Fox then picked up the books for a weekly television show in 1995. Subsequent VHS releases of the more popular episodes, including The Haunted Mask, Night of the Living Dummy, and A Night in Terror Tower, followed.

Now, Columbia Pictures wants to move forward with an actual film version of the stories. Writers Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander (who also penned the screenplays for Ed Wood and 1408), will make the adaptation.

The books have limitless potential on-screen. There are so many different stories, all with twist endings and enough scares to frighten an audience, while still being kid friendly. The real question is…will people be interested? Is it too late for a Goosebumps movie or will a new generation of readers become hooked in the addicting, nightmarish, otherworld of R.L. Stine’s imagination? I’ve read these books since I was about six, and I remember being thoroughly creeped out after each new installment. Something about the stories left me terrified but eager for more. Let’s hope that other moviegoers feel the same way.

Which stories would you most want to see adapted for the movie(s)? Who would be good choices for young actors?

Ashley Demma is a self-proclaimed geek and legal midget. At a towering 4'11'', she hails from her native New Lenox, Illinois, a town not located on most maps. She is an English and Creative Writing major at the University of Chicago. She loves Chinese food and horror movies, especially anything with vampires. Favorite directors include: Baz Lurhmann, Sofia Coppola, Tim Burton, Edgar Wright, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino to name a few. Known for being a compendium of pop-culture, Demma loves watching movies and quoting them to high heaven. She has also been known to burst into various showtunes for no apparent reason, other than her own amusement.

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