Theatrical Release: October 16, 2015
DVD Release: January 12, 2016


A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Md.

Dove Review

“Goosebumps” is a thrill ride. If you enjoy a bit of mystery, suspense, monsters, fast-paced chases and close calls, then this movie is for you! It even features a romantic plot between two teens, Zach (Dylan Minnette) and Hannah (Odeya Rush).

The plot centers around Zach and his mother, the new vice principal of the local high school, who move to the town of Madison. Zach meets a nice girl next door, Hannah, but finds her quirky father to be really different and a bit frightening. One night he hears Hannah screaming, her father yelling, and the sound of things breaking in her room. When he calls the police, they all go to her father’s home, only to have him give the police a convincing alibi. Later, Zach returns to the house with his friend Champ, as he is convinced Hannah is in real danger. What comes next is frightening, as he learns who Hannah’s father really is, and, worse yet, the monsters of R.L. Stine are unleashed on the town! Can Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine himself (Jack Black) recapture the Abominable Snowman, the humongous Praying Mantis, the ferocious Werewolf, and all his other fictitious creatures which have been brought to life? Not if Slappy, his evil incarnate ventriloquist dummy, has anything to say about it!

Scary images in the movie may be frightening for young children, but we award “Goosebumps” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus. Themes of loyalty and teamwork in this film are commendable. It’s an entertaining movie to watch!

Content Description

Sex: A young couple kisses in a few scenes.
Language: G/OMG-7; Good G, Man-1; H-1; Sucks-2; Butt-1; Shut up/Shut it up-2
Violence: A lot of fantasy violence with monsters crashing into buildings and the buildings being destroyed; car crashes during chase scenes; a girl almost hits two boys with a baseball bat before realizing she knows one of them; gnome monsters are cracked and put into microwave to melt them.
Drugs: None
Nudity: A bit of cleavage.
Other: A boy misses his deceased father and watches an old video of them playing catch together; tension between characters; scary images, such as a werewolf, creature with fangs; big bees and a large praying mantis; comments about a "demon" ventriloquist dummy; a few jump scenes, such as a zombie suddenly coming from the ground; a kid makes a flatulence noise at a school rally; a character lies to cover up a secret; a father yells at his daughter, concerned about keeping a secret hidden; with all the monster activity going on, a kid takes something to drink from a convenience store; a "picking his nose" comment.


Company: Sony/Columbia
Writer: Darren Lemke, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Director: Rob Letterman
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 103 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter