In a few days author R.L. Stine (portrayed in the movie by Jack Black), along with his daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush) and neighbor Zach (Dylan Minnette) will do their best in the feature film "Goosebumps" to hunt down the monsters that terrified readers in the 1990s. Based on the classic book series, the movie will feature evil dummies, gnomes, invisible people, giant praying mantis monsters, pumpkin creatures and an abominable snowman, to name a few.
Before R.L. Stine's nightmares come off the pages and onto the big screen, here are 16 of the best "Goosebumps" books you should check out before going to see the film this weekend.
1. Slappy From "Night of the Living Dummy"
"Night of the Living Dummy" is the book that launched the series' iconic antagonist, Slappy the dummy. Ventriloquist dummies are naturally creepy so imagine what one would be like if it were to come alive and act on its evil intentions, which is what happens here. Also check out any of the sequels as well, which include "Night of the Living Dummy II," "Night if the Living Dummy III" and "Bride of the Living Dummy."
2. The Mask From "The Haunted Mask"
Many people put on scary masks for Halloween in the hope of scaring people or just because they think it's cool. Well, what if that terrifying mask attached itself to your face and became a part of you?
3. The Werewolf From "The Werewolf of Fever Swamp"
Strange noises are heard near Fever Swamp where animals also are found all torn up. Many point to a dog as the main culprit, but do dogs howl at the moon and go missing at midnight? This creature had a major role in the trailer and was shown chasing Stine and Zach around a supermarket.
4. The Lawn Gnomes From "Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes"
"Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes" is another example of Stine taking normal everyday things and finding a way to make them something you'll never look at the same way again. Lawn gnomes come to life, cause mischief and bring scares to their owners late at night. These troublemaking gnomes are shown at the very end of the trailer throwing knives and being just as much of a problem in the movie as they are in the book.
5. The Praying Mantis Monster From "A Shocker on Shock Street"
One of the best monsters Stine created is the giant praying mantis creature that's found in "A Shocker on Shock Street." Erin and Marty are big fans of horror movies and they decide to visit a theme park based on their favorite movie franchise. However, they soon find out the monsters they see on the big screen may not be fake.
6. The Abominable Snowman From "The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena"
As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Jordan Blake and his sister Nicole go to Alaska with their father, who must take a picture of a mysterious creature. The two quickly regret leaving California as this snow monster tries to hunt them.
7. The Pumpkin-Head People From "Attack of the Jack-O-Laterns"
A Halloween prank goes terribly wrong when creatures start to walk around with pumpkins for heads and horrifying faces with flames shooting out of them.
8. The Clock From "The Cuckoo Clock of Doom"
Cuckoo clocks can scare people naturally when they chime unexpectedly or if they look creepy. Add an evil spell on top of that and you'll have to hope the clock doesn't toll for you.
9. The Invisible Boy From "Let’s Get Invisible"
This is the book that introduces the slap-happy invisible boy in the "Goosebumps" trailer. Max is able to turn invisible thanks to a magic mirror he finds in his attic, but each time he goes invisible, and the longer he stays invisible, the harder it gets to reappear.
10. The Mummy From "The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb"
If the idea of getting lost by yourself in a pyramid doesn't give you the creeps, imagine being chased down by a mummy in a cursed tomb. That's what Gabe has to try to survive in this Stine thriller.
11. The Scarecrows From "The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight"
Two children visit their grandparents' farm only to see there are 12 evil looking scarecrows on the property. The figures seem to move and come to life when the clock strikes midnight.
12. The Vampire From "Vampire Breath"
A vampire is being kept in a bottle labeled "Vampire Breath" in a secret room in Freddy Martinez's basement. Freddy makes the mistake of freeing the blood-thirsty creature and letting it into his home. Don't be surprised if this vampire shows up during the movie.
13. The Canned-Substance From "Monster Blood"
"Monster Blood" is one of the most popular "Goosebumps" books and has three subsequent installments. This is the one that introduced readers to the strange substance that makes itself, and other things, grow and grow.
14. The Plant Monster From "Stay Out Of The Basement"
This tale had one of the weirdest covers in addition to being a strange story. Margaret and Casey's father experiments in the basement with plants, but soon the experiments start to grow on him, literally.
15. The Bees From "Why I’m Afraid of Bees"
All Gary ever wanted was to be someone else for a day. He gets his wish, but he soon learns it's not a human body he's switched into, but instead the body of bee.
16. The Camera From "Say Cheese and Die"
One of Stine's best books tells the creepy tale of a camera that causes horrible things to happen or predicts them. The camera hasn't been shown in any of the trailers for the movie so far, but do not be surprised if it shows up at some point.
Watch the full "Goosebumps" trailer below:
"Goosebumps" hits theaters on Friday, Oct. 16.