The new Goosebumps movie is full of fun throwbacks to the books, including a host of familiar haunting characters.
Though you’ll get to see almost every frightening monster that kept you up at night as a kid after a long night of reading and choosing the wrong path for yourself, these are some of the most noteworthy characters that Goosebumps has brilliantly reimagined.
1. The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena
Though the book takes place in Alaska, the movie makes this character work with a cleverly set-up ice skating rink as our heroes in the movie fight to keep the Abominable Snowman from tearing up their town of Greendale, Maryland.
2. The Lawn Gnomes
These little pests come to the big screen and are just as annoying as ever. But they first wreaked havoc in the Goosebumps book Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes. Remember the movie Gremlins? Yup, that’s about how chaotic their scene in the new Goosebumps movie becomes. Worse, they’re even harder to get rid of.
3. King Jellyjam
King Jellyjam is probably the most unexpected horror of them all. A viscous goo that will suck you up and not spit you out, it is faster than you’d expect. Not only do our heroes in the movie have to save their town from all the monsters, they have to do it before the Jellyjam eats them up. The Horror at Camp Jellyjam is the book to read if you want to refresh your memory on this grossness.
4. The Werewolf
Though werewolves cropped up a lot in the Goosebumps world, you can expect this one to be rocking some gym shorts, paying homage to The Werewolf of Fever Swamp. This scene in the movie goes down in a grocery store — specifically, the meat aisle where the steaks get more mauled than any of the characters.
5. The Giant Praying Mantis
This antagonist understandably appears in the book titled A Shocker on Shock Street. Let’s just say a giant praying mantis is definitely a shocker and definitely something we’d like to keep in the pages of a book rather than on the streets, as happens in the film.
6. Slappy the Dummy
Probably the most infamous and baddest of the bad, Slappy the Dummy was like the kid-appropriate version of Chucky. Although, I wouldn’t say he was any less terrifying. He most notably appeared in the Goosebumps book Night of the Living Dummy, starring Slappy himself as a troublesome ventriloquist. He’s just as menacing in the movies and he’s got a bone to pick with R.L. Stine himself.
7. The Ghost Next Door
This one gets a surprising Goosebumps-appropriate homage that we don’t want to ruin, so just go see the movie, which hits theaters Oct. 16. It is the perfect way to get yourself in the nostalgic Halloween mood.