R.L. Stine's Goosebumps have long been a publishing phenomenon both in the US and here. And when you consider it first became a TV series way back in 1995, it is somewhat surprising that the movie version has taken this long to wade through development limbo.
Goosebumps finds Jack Black (School Of Rock) as a reclusive, nervy version of the author, who lives with his daughter, Hannah (Odeya Rush). She is intrigued by the arrival of a new neighbour, Zach (Dylan Minnette), and the two slowly start to bond. But then Zach and his pal (Ryan Lee) accidentally open one of the original manuscripts Stine keeps locked away... and that leads to a whole heap of chaos when all the weird and wonderful creatures, monsters and other beasties are suddenly let loose upon their town. Cue a mad rush to get them all back again before they can do too much damage.
The film certainly looks like it could be a lot of fun for fans of the books (both those who read them now and grown-ups who remember them).
Goosebumps will haunt screens on 16 October in the US and 5 February next year in the UK.