Ken Marino Gets Goosebumps!

Ken Marino Goosebumps

This bit of news is from last week but as I get back into the mode of regular posts I wanted to play a little catch up with some news that has me pretty excited. The one and only Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital, Party Down, Veronica Mars, The State, and so much more) has signed on to the cast of Goosebumps, the big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s popular young adult horror books.

Dylan Minnette stars as the lead character who moves from New York City to the small town of Greendale, Maryland and discovers that his secretive neighbor is veteran young adult horror author R.L. Stine, played by Jack Black. When all the many demons of Stine’s mind are set free by a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Minnette’s character and Stine’s niece Hannah to deal with all the evil. Marino will play Coach Carr, the blowhard coach at Greendale High who wades into battle when monsters overrun the school. Amy Ryan also stars in the movie which is to be directed by Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels).

I’ve been cautiously optimistic in regards to this movie but with the addition of Marino my excitement has started to elevate and I’m finding myself really looking forward to this horror-lite flick. Director Rob Letterman hasn’t done anything that makes me think he’s the one to lead this movie but it’s always possible he just hasn’t made his mark yet. The Goosebumps book series, and the FOX Kids TV show from years ago, aren’t exactly known for their high-quality tales but they were geared to a very specific, undiscerning audience who ate the stories up (like my younger self did). But with the right intention, I feel like a Goosebumps movie has a LOT of potential. I like the premise of the story, even though I probably would take a TalesFromTheCrypt-for-kids approach and do singular horror stories with a tongue-in-cheek host instead of throwing all (or most) of Stine’s creations into one movie. The only thing that would have me bursting through the seams with enthusiasm for this flick is if they announced that they were going for an 80’s Amblin-esque kids’ horror movie.

I like the cast, I like the potential of the franchise and I love the horror genre so count me in when Goosebumps hits theaters on March 23, 2016.

Are you excited for Goosebumps? What would you like to see them do in the big screen version of the books?

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter: @monsterpopcorn

Source: Deadline

Goosebumps book covers

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