Is it all Justin Long’s fault? There’s a lot of spooky stuff happening in a small town in the trailer for Disney’s Goosebumps adaptation, and given that Long seems to get rather possessed (maybe … by himself?) pretty early on, perhaps we can point the finger at him.
Or not? Maybe these kids’ parents did something? If you live in the same small town your parents grew up in, you’re at the very least cursed with the weight of expectations. This weight might just be … heavier. Murderier.
Goosebumps, the series, is adapted from five of author R.L. Stine’s plentiful Goosebumps novels: Say Cheese and Die!, The Haunted Mask, The Cuckoo Clock of Doom, Go Eat Worms!, and Night of the Living Dummy. In the show, five students—played by Zack Morris, Isa Briones, Miles McKenna, Ana Yi Puig, and Will Price—“embark on a shadowy and twisted journey to investigate the tragic passing three decades earlier of a teen named Harold Biddle—while also unearthing dark secrets from their parents’ past.”
The series was developed by Nicholas Stoller (a producer on D.C League of Super Pets) and Rob Letterman, who directed 2015’s Goosebumps movie. As is right and correct, it premieres Friday, October 13th, on Disney+ and Hulu. You get five episodes in the first drop, but the rest arrive weekly.
This post was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the series being covered here wouldn’t exist.