Abominable Snowman, Werewolf, Gnomes Revealed in First 'Goosebumps' Footage

It looks very fun and not so scary.

Abominable Snowman, Werewolf, Gnomes Revealed in First 'Goosebumps' Footage
Sony Pictures

This Halloween will bring us one of the year's most promising live action family movies in Goosebumps, and on Wednesday night we got our first look at some of R.L. Stine's best known monsters brought to life. Director Rob Letterman took the stage at CinemaCon to introduce the new footage, and those monsters were definitely the stars.

With a tone that's more fun than scary, this Goosebumps definitely has the kids in mind — much more than the occasionally terrifying '90s TV show. That's no surprise given Letterman's primary touchstones.

"I grew up watching a lot of Amblin movies [E.T.GremlinsBack to the Future] in the theater," he said. "Those movies brought adults and kids and everyone together in a really communal way, and that’s what got me interested in being a director. I stole a lot of those ideas and put them into Goosebumps, which is a film I’m really proud of. It’s funny it’s scary and it’s filled with monsters."

In the upcoming movie, Jack Black plays R.L. Stine himself as a reclusive author whose horror creations are capable of escaping from the page if their respective manuscripts are opened. He keeps them all under lock and key, but when a new neighbor boy inadvertently opens one, we watch as the Abominable Snowman claws his way out of the book. After that it's not long before all Stine's creations get loose, and it's up to Stine, his niece, and their new neighbor to put them back where they belong.

Monster highlights include the Abominable Snowman slipping and sliding across an ice rink, the Werewolf chasing down the kids, a gang of knife-hurling garden gnomes, and a giant praying mantis bashing buildings. It looks like a crowd pleaser that'll give Hocus Pocus a run for its syndication money in future Halloween seasons.

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