Nineties kids will remember R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps, a series of children’s horror novellas. Its cultural influence was so strong that it was adapted into a film in 2015, starring Jack Black as the writer. Now, it’s getting a sequel and we can’t wait!
According to reports, the sequel will be set in HorrorLand, the setting of One Day at HorrorLand, Return to HorrorLand, and a 12-book spinoff series called Goosebumps HorrorLand. The place is a theme park that Stine described as “the scariest place on Earth.”
There’s no word whether Black will return to portray the author, but we do know that the original film’s director, Rob Letterman, is returning and the sequel will be released on September 21, 2018.
Goosebumps is composed of 181 books (including spinoffs) following children in horrific situations, including dealing with an evil dummy, a monster lurking in the forest of a camp, and a werewolf living in a swamp. It was so successful that it sold a million copies just a month after it was released. In 1996, it accounted 15% of publisher Scholastic’s sales, becoming the brand’s bestselling children’s book series of all time. When the series’ sales slumped in 1997, Scholastic’s sales dropped 40%.
The film adaptation featured the novella’s characters, and was well-received by critics. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film “boasts more than enough of its spooky source material’s kid-friendly charm to make up for some slightly scattershot humor and a hurried pace.”
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