Yes, I know, I am writing this review over a week after the movie was released in theaters. As appropriate for one that is reviewing movies, I usually take my children opening weekend, but I was on the fence with the idea of taking them at all. I thought the movie would most likely be too scary for the inventive mind of a toddler, but my daughter was persistent. When she saw trailers or a movie poster she would say, “Oooooh, I want to see that spooky Halloween movie,” whispering, as she wiggled her fingers, placed on either side of her ears. Well, I finally decided we’d go, and both children were fine.
My reaction to Goosebumps: The film industry finally achieved its first “horror/scary” movie for toddlers. It was a delight watching my daughter jump from shock and excitement. Clenching her stuffed bunny waiting in anticipation for the next trill. Leaning forward in her seat, as if she was trying to propel the scene to the next moment where another monster (not scary) would come around the corner. At the same time young teens watching in the theater talked about how cute the lead was and seemed to find the movie very entertaining. I could image my young teen sister really enjoying the film. If your child has seen Hocus Pocus and has had no fear, they will definitely be fine with this movie. I am not sure if Goosebumps has the same ability to become a Halloween cult classic as Hocus Pocus, but I imagine people with a wide range of children from infancy to teens could all enjoy the movie equally. It just might be your family’s new Halloween tradition.
If you are still on the fence about the “scary factor,” my toddler has not had one nightmare or negative thought regarding the movie and talks about watching it again, very soon.
From a child’s point of view: My toddler was thoroughly entertained. She came prepared with her oversized plush sweater, snack and doll. Jumping, pointing and bobbing around her seat with joy. She has asked that I purchase the film when released for digital download. Her comments, all she says is, “Goosebumps was so spooky,” and that she had, “Too much fun.” Her baby sister, sat captivated for the first hour of the film. She also enjoyed it very much. The remainder of the film she sat on my lap quietly as she ate popcorn and gave me kisses while watching the movie less intently.
My final thoughts: If you think your child/children has the potential to enjoy the film, go! It was truly an experience, one that I will never forget watching my daughter view her first “scary” movie.
I am not a movie reviewer, a film buff, or well versed in cinema history. You do not want to read my movie reviews if you want a play-by-play of the technical insights of the cinematic experience or a smart rant by a “film snob.” I am, however, a mother of two very small children: a baby and a toddler. My children have seen every kids movie in the theaters since their birth. They love going to the theater, and my toddler always offers up her own review after. Not only will my reviews briefly discuss my feelings, but also my children’s reaction to the movie. These reviews may have a lot more to do with a child’s point of view than many others. Many times I have a very different reaction than my children. I am also usually alone, taking my children to the movies. I do not have a pen and paper, writing down my analysis as I watch. I experience the movie with a baby on my lap, a toddler seated next to me, doling out snacks, water and hugs as I watch.