Goosebumps is a 2015 American 3D fantasy horror comedy film which combines live action and computer animation based on the children’s book series of the same name by R.L. Stine. It was directed by Rob Letterman, and written by Darren Lemke, from a story by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The film stars Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Halston Sage, Ryan Lee, and Jillian Bell. Financed by Sony, LStar Capital, and Village Roadshow Pictures, it was produced by Original Film and Scholastic Entertainment. The film premiered at Los Angeles on October 5, 2015 and was released on October 16, 2015 by Sony Pictures Entertainment, under its Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation labels. Goosebumps received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $141 million on a $58 million budget.
Zach Cooper and his mother Gale move from New York City to the town of Madison, Delaware. Their new neighbors are Hannah and her father, the mysterious grumpy man known as “Mr. Shivers”. Hannah is friendly, but Mr. Shivers warns Zach to stay away from his family. At Madison High School where Gale works as the vice-principal, Zach befriends Champ, a socially awkward student.
One day, Hannah sneaks out of the house and invites Zach to hang out at an abandoned amusement park in the woods. After he returns home, Zach hears Mr. Shivers and Hannah arguing from his window, followed by Hannah screaming. He calls the police, but Mr. Shivers assures Officers Stevens and Brooks (who are incompetent) that nothing is wrong and the scream came from his TV. Gale leaves to oversee the school dance, leaving Zach home with Lorraine, his aunt. Fearing Hannah is in danger, Zach tricks Mr. Shivers into going to the police station for further questioning.
Zach and Champ break into Shivers’ house to search for Hannah. They find a shelf containing dozens of Goosebumps manuscripts, all of which are locked. Curious, Zach grabs a key nearby and unlocks one of the books. When Hannah confronts them, he accidentally drops the book The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena. The book opens, releasing a Yeti that trashes the house and escapes. Another book is dropped and opens by itself. They pursue the Yeti to a local ice rink, where Mr. Shivers appears and sucks it back into the book. On the way home, Mr. Shivers explains he is R.L. Stine, Goosebumps‘s author. He created his stories as a child to cope with severe bullying, but the monsters came to life, so he had to trap them inside their manuscripts.
Returning to the house, Stine and the kids are confronted by Slappy from Night of the Living Dummy, who is angry about being imprisoned. Before Stine can capture him, Slappy burns his own manuscript and flees with the other manuscripts. They are attacked by the lawn gnomes from Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes and flee after realizing the gnomes can’t be destroyed.
Slappy releases the monsters, letting them rampage under his command. Zach suggests Stine write a new book to trap every monster, but he can only do it on a special typewriter which is at the high school. On the way there, Brent Green from My Best Friend Is Invisible and the giant mantis from A Shocker on Shock Street attacks Stine’s station wagon, so they hide in a supermarket. There, Will Blake’s werewolf form from The Werewolf of Fever Swamp pursues them and is eventually run over by Lorraine.
As they evade the Graveyard Ghouls from Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls, Zach notices that Hannah glows blue in the moonlight. At the school, he privately questions Stine about Hannah. Stine reveals that Hannah is a character he created to cope with his loneliness, but she thinks she’s real. They find the typewriter and Stine starts writing the new book. Zach informs the students attending the dance of the situation and leads them to fend off the monsters, which are converging on the school. Slappy confronts Stine and breaks his fingers before he can finish the story.
Stine, Zach and Hannah board a school bus and go to the abandoned amusement park. Stine hands the book and typewriter to Zach, and distracts the monsters by letting the blob from The Blob That Ate Everyone devour him alive. Zach finishes the story, but is reluctant to open the book because Hannah will be trapped inside it as well. Hannah reveals that she knew all along, and opens the book, sucking the monsters into it. Zach tries to hold onto Hannah, but she accepts her fate. Before being pulled in, Hannah shares a kiss with Zach.
Sometime later, Stine has started working as Zach’s Literature teacher. After class, Zach asks Stine if he misses Hannah. Stine tells him that she will always be in their minds and hearts and then points to the hallway where Hannah is actually standing. Stine reveals to Zach that he wrote her back into existence with another book. She and Zach kiss and leave school together, while Stine burns Hannah’s manuscript. As he prepares to leave, he sees the typewriter typing by itself inside its display case. To Stine’s horror, Brent Green has evaded imprisonment and begins typing a story titled The Invisible Boy’s Revenge.