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These days, it seems every old TV show, movie, and book series is getting the Hollywood “let’s throw some CGI at it and make a movie out of it” treatment.  It seems especially easy for movie-makers and the studio powers-that-be, because no matter how much fans complain about the “bastardization” of the classic properties that we know and love… people still go see the new stuff.  They still toss money at it, which in turn lets said movie-makers make a profit, which validates their decision to remake/reboot an old property, which gives them the gumption to go remake/reboot another old series.  It is, quite frankly, a vicious cycle.

One of the side effects, of course, is that new movies “based on the original [insert media type here]!” usually get the “this probably won’t be that great” mentality from the audience.  Is that unfair?  Tough to say for sure; for every “good” reboot we’re given (the newer Star Trek films, to use a popular example) there seems to be an equal number of, shall we say it politely, “not-so-good” products (who on the good green Earth was asking for a Karate Kid remake, really?!).  So, it was with more than a little trepidation that I went to my advance screening of the latest old-product-turned-new movie offering, Goosebumps.  While it didn’t exactly blow me away, I was pleasantly surprised and largely entertained, and I suspect kids and twentysomethings that grew up with the books will find even more to enjoy.

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goosebumps

This takes me back. I remember arguing with my sisters about what to watch on Saturday night on the family TV, their choice was the anthology series Goosebumps, based on the R.L. Stine book series of the same name, on YTV. Goosebumps was paired well with that other YTV chestnut Are You Afraid of the Dark? in the TV block “Kids are Easily Scared.” Of course it was effective, and in this day and age of re-branding and rebooting, it’s almost surprising that it’s taken this long to get Gossebumped again. (more…)