Goosebumps is ready to storm the San Diego convention center this weekend for Comic-Con 2014, but first, we get a sneak preview courtesy of USA TODAY, who bring a second look at Jack Black as famous children's horror novelist R.L. Stine. Check out three new images, which find R.L. battling monsters, vampires and Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy. Then read on for more information about this horror comedy and its presence at this year's SDCC.
Fans will get a sneak peek at Goosebumps this weekend when it brings the first footage to the convention center. The movie just wrapped production this past Friday, so everything will still be fresh in the minds of the filmmakers as they discuss the challenges of bringing R.L. Stine's mega-popular book series to the big screen.
Rob Letterman directs Goosebumps not as one particular story in the series, but as a movie that incorporates all the past books. The story follows teenager Zach (Dylan Minnette), who moves from New York City to a small town, where he falls for local girl Hannah (Odeya Rush). Unbeknownst to him, her father is famed writer R.L. Stine, a man hiding a big secret. All of the Goosebumps creatures come from his imagination and can manifest themselves in reality. Things get out of control when a giant praying mantis, zombies, vampires and a wide assortment of other monsters begin to run wild at night, taking over the town.
"He has to put all these monsters back in the books and at the same time keep the next-door neighbor kid from dating his daughter. It's an incredibly delicate tone to weave horror scares and comedy and adventure. I lean on Jack a lot to bridge those gaps."
Slappy, an evil ventriloquist dummy, is responsible for unleashing the monsters on the small town. His main mode of transportation is a haunted car, and he bears more than a passing resemblance to Jack Black. The dummy is a piece of R.L. Stine's subconscious mind come to terrifying life.
Rob Letterman explains the tone he is trying to achieve with the movie,
"I love the idea of just starting in a grounded world, and letting a supernatural element enter it - and staying with the characters and seeing how they deal with something impossible to imagine."