In anticipation for the upcoming Goosebumps movie (or the film of the summer as I like to call it), I will be reviewing the most memorable Goosebumps books (and accompanying television episodes).
Night of the Living Dummy, Night of the Living Dummy 2, Night of the Living Dummy 3, Bride of the Living Dummy, Slappy’s Nightmare, Revenge of the Living Dummy
Slappy is by far the most famous character from the Goosebumps book, which spawned a slew of sequels that were each magnificent in their own horrific way.
Most memorable: Every time Slappy gets “angry eyebrows”.
Be Careful What You Wish For
A nerdy girl called Byrd meets a strange woman who gives her three wishes, which, of course, all go badly. Not original in the least, but a really fun episode when you’re a kid.
Most memorable: When the most popular girl in school becomes an obsessive stalker.
The Haunted Mask
The duck costume, Mary-Beth’s annoying whiny innocence, and the mask you were just dying to have for Halloween but which probably would have cost about $200 makes this episode one of the best.
Most memorable: When Mary-Beth gets her own human-looking mask.
Say Cheese and Die
Kids missing from pictures go missing in real life. The lasting image is the skeletons at the family barbecue (from the book cover).
Most memorable: When you watch this ten years later and see the camera like it’s the first time.
Stay Out of the Basement
You better listen to plant-dad and stay the hell out of the basement. Kids, they never listen.
Most memorable: The typical “which one is the real one” scene where one dad has to be hosed.
Welcome to Camp Nightmare
A two-parter with lots of page-turning suspense and a fun, supernatural twist on the last day of camp.
Most memorable: There aren’t any super memorable scenes but you tend to remember the ending and Larry’s teeth.
More Monster Blood, Monster Blood, Monster Blood II, Monster Blood III
When I think about Goosebumps, I immediately picture lime green slime… turning into a giant blob monster… on a plane.. trying to get a kid with a mushroom cut.
Most memorable: The throbbing, growing, green blob of goop.
It Came From Under the Sink
The classic tale of an evil kitchen sponge with teeth. Bonus! An evil potato with teeth.
Most memorable: I think it’s pretty obvious.
Piano Lessons Can Be Murder
A kid doesn’t want to go to his piano lessons. It’s easy to see why as everyone in the piano business is insane.
Most memorable: The scene with all of the unattached floating hands playing the pianos are what nightmares are made of.
One Day in Horrorland
A family accidentally ends up in Horrorland on the way to their family vacation. They go on the rides which turn out to be too scary for their liking and soon meet the amusement park’s employees- a bunch of monsters who run a horrible game show where humans are the victims.
Most memorable: The monsters.