Filmed in Georgia: Goosebumps

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Mar 10, 2016 Under Georgia Film Industry

Goosebumps Filmed in Georgia

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In 2008, Georgia Governor George Perdue signed the Entertainment Industry Investment Act offering 30 percent tax incentives to Hollywood movie companies who decide to film their features in the state of Georgia. One film that was filmed in Georgia is called Goosebumps, released last year. Rob Letterman, the Hollywood director who filmed this feature, said he felt at home directing this picture in Atlanta, Georgia. Letterman noted there were plenty of directors and producers shooting motion pictures in Atlanta, Georgia. Goosebumps is a book series for children. It was originally published between the years 1992 and 1997 by Scholastic Publishing Company. Goosebumps is a book in the supernatural horror genre. Neal Moritz and Rob Letterman wanted to bring this book series to the silver screen. This 103 minute production premiered in Los Angeles on October 5, 2015 and nationally on October 16, 2015. Tim Burton originally considered making a film adaption of the Goosebumps book series in 1998. Unfortunately, Burton wasn’t able to come across a good script for it.

Actor Jack Black portrays young adult fiction writer, RL Stine, nicknamed Mr. Shivers, who writes Goosebumps, a story about a teenage boy named Zach Cooper who moves away from hustling bustling New York, NY with his mother to the quiet small town of Madison, DE, reluctantly. Zach is amazed to find that his neighbor is the author of the horror classic Goosebumps when the teen meets Stine’s daughter, Hannah. Beginning a relationship, Hannah invites Zach over to her house where the boy learns that the horror creatures actually exist. The characters are locked securely away inside their manuscripts. Zach accidentally opens one of the books, releasing the horrific characters from their home. One of the characters is a gigantic preying mantis that escapes from the Stine home and invades the town. Hannah and Zach spend most of the movie trying to find these characters and return them to the manuscripts they call home.

The characters were created with CGI, known as Computer Generated Imagery that make the characters look three dimensional as they roamed about the town and trough the shops. Some of the characters were zombies that were a result of the makeup and wardrobe department. Despite the horror surrounding the film, Neal Moritz,who had produced Goosebumps, wanted the film to be appropriate for viewers as young as seven or eight years-old. He believed he had a very fine line to walk to make sure the film did not enter the PG area.

Letterman loved the large variety of location sites that the Atlanta area offered to him. He was looking at filming in the state of Lousiana before he made his final decision. The downtown Madison location sites included one of the cemeteries in Decatur, an ice skating rink in Marietta, Georgia, Cobb County,DeKalb School of the Arts, and the Inman Park neighborhood. The chase scene was filmed in Gainesville, Georgia. In the last week of July 2014, regular commuters were warned that the filming would cause traffic delays on 53/Dawson Highway. Traffic would be slowed up from Lake Ranch Court to Marina Drive in Hall County. Chattahootchee Bridge would be backed up because of stunt drivers. The public was also informed there would be nothing to see if they were interested in celebrity sightings.

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Parent Movie Review – Goosebumps

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Mar 8, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

 

Southern Outdoor Cinema's Parent Movie Review of Goosebumps: The Movie

Parent Movie Review: Goosebumps

R.L. Stine has made a good fortune and a dedicated young adult base of fans from his Goosebumps series of books which were introduced in 1992. After all of these years of selling more than 350 million books in 32 languages the series has finally made it to the movie theater. The movies stars Jack Black as R.L. Stine himself and has received fair reviews across the spectrum and has received a PG rating which makes it a worthwhile view by families with small children. There are some elements which could be unsuitable to parents and those will be explored here.

The story centers around a main character named Zach Cooper who deals with a common theme of moving to a big city after growing up in a small town. Dylan Minnette plays the role well as the story eventually reveals that the move carries both positive and negative aspects as do most life changes. He finds romance and friendship in a neighbor named Hannah whose father is R.L. Stine. The monsters which the author has been creating turn out to be more than imaginary and these characters must bond together in order to place the monsters back into the books.

Fans of the books will recognize some of the most famous titles which are locked in a mysterious bookcase in the house of neighbor Mr. Shivers who is ultimately revealed to be R.L. Stine. Popular books such as The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight and The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena all become elements of the movie as the monsters like the Abominable Snowman are chased in order to return them to the pages of the books in which they were written.

Positive Elements

The movie adeptly dresses the uncertainty of life changes such as relocation and shows that courage can turn even a seemingly sad situation in to a great experience. This is tied in with a lesson on defending the innocent as Zach looks to rescue Hannah from inappropriate attacks even if the situation is not what it quite seems on the surface. He is shown making both good decisions such as contacting the authorities who can better assess the situation as well as bad decisions such as taking the matter into his own hands and breaking into the house.

The story incites the imaginations of young viewers as they are taught that courage in spite of the circumstance can birth heroic actions which they may not have known that they were capable of accomplishing. This is also brought to further fruition through the teamwork which is necessary in order for the monsters to be placed back into a place which keeps those around safe. In some ways it is also a touching story about a man (R.L. Stine) who takes the father role for Zach who was prompted to move by the passing of his own dad.

Sexual Content

Champ is the other member of the posse as he becomes an instant close companion to Zach. The movie includes a scene where Champ asks for Zach to go to a dance but not like “together, together” which has some undertones of homosexuality thought. Hanna and Zach also eventually share a couple of kisses before it is all over, one of these being a reward for saving her from a werewolf.

Unfortunately, Hollywood has decided it funny to confuse the word audiophile and pedophile. Also, there is a character named Lorainne who is on the mission to find a man and this leads her to ask if a potential target is going to be leaving his wife. This lack of honor by her towards marriage is definitely not something that Christians would want their children to pick up on. Overall, the sexual content is light and these small issues could be easily addressed by parents if need be.

Violent Content

There is a definite Halloween overtone to the Goosebumps film and there is quite a bit of action as the team of characters looks to recapture the monsters. Sir Snowman wreaks havoc on an ice rink before he is able to be tamed and he chases the teens attempting to hit them. There is a giant praying mantis which runs around in a violent manner and eventually ends up placing a teen in a neck brace by snatching him through a window. Slappy leads the horde of monsters to the dance after breaking R.L. Stine’s fingers in a typewriter. Once at the school, the monsters proceed to send most of the students running for cover before the finale. That finale is explosive and ooze-filled, but overall the content of the movie is quite tame and not too realistic. The actions of the monsters and their pursuers are mostly set to heighten the suspense of the film rather than to glorify violence itself. Any parent who has read some of the novels will already be familiar with this type of action and will probably not be too concerned about their children watching this.

Drug And Alcohol Content

The movie has no content related to drugs and alcohol.

R.L. Stine understands his audience and for that reason has always sought to scare rather than traumatize those children who best love his work. This means that the movie includes no blood or any gore which has been seen in some other similarly targeted films. This is an exciting movie which should definitely bring satisfaction to any of the author’s fans and leave them waiting for a sequel.

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