9 Books to Revisit Before The 'Goosebumps' Movie

by Amy Sachs

Are your '90s senses tingling? Mine were, too. Between the Series of Unfortunate Events series coming to Netflix, and now a brand new trailer for the latest Goosebumps movie, it's like all our childhood favorites are coming back to life!

The Goosebumps trailer was revealed on Wednesday, after a Comic Con panel. Suddenly, we're in elementary school again, dying to see what will happen to the girl with her face stuck in a mask. If you're anything like me, you grew up simply devouring everything R.L. Stine wrote. From the original Goosebumps to Fear Street, nothing was too scary for you. Well, not that you were willing to admit, at least.

The latest film stars Jack Black as author R.L. Stine, whose famed horror novels come to life when they're unlocked by an unsuspecting new neighbor, letting every terrifying creation loose on their town. The best part? The books that come alive in the movie are Stine's real books! Those very same books we grew up with.

To get ready for a brand new take on a childhood favorite, here are 9 Goosebumps books you have to revisit before the movie.

The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena

The cold might not bother him, but the sun definitely might. This guy is the first monster we meet in the movie trailer, so this should be the first book you go back to. You might not be scared anymore, but you will definitely see the humor that the movie promises to capture!

Night of the Living Dummy

I don't care how old I get: a walking, talking dummy will always terrify me. Just look at that thing! Actually, no, don't.

The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight

Basically anything coming alive at night is a no-go for me. If Night of the Living Dummy scared you as a kid, this one definitely did, too. Toy Story was pretty much the only time things coming alive at night was OK. However! The movie possibilities for this one are endless, so I would definitely pull this one down off the old shelf.

A Night in Terror Tower

Two kids locked in a dark, old, prison tower. A masked man with a medieval axe: What could go wrong? Oh, you know, everything, of course! If this masked nightmare is in the Goosebumps reboot, it will be me you hear screaming in the theater, not the kid sitting next to you.

Say Cheese and Die

A thousand screams is right — imagine, every selfie you take could be deadly! Let's face it, this concept is even scarier in 2015 than it was in 2003. And plus, there were three of these books, each one scarier than the one before it.

A Shocker on Shock Street

I would be feeling a little more than shocked if I saw this thing coming at me from a dead end. If this book came to life in the movie, I imagine this giant ant would be among the scariest parts, if only because of how life like it's sure to look. BUZZ BUZZ, it's a shock all right!

The Werewolf of Fever Swamp

Things start out innocently enough: a kid gets a new dog. Nothing to worry about, we all love our childhood pets, right? Right! But when people start to hear a howling sound late at night, they start to wonder if the newest neighborhood pet might be to blame. The dog looks pretty wild, and does like to howl at the moon... but there's no way he could be the thing terrifying everyone, right?

Monster Blood (And Monster Blood II)

If you only read one Goosebumps book growing up, chances are, it was this one. A favorite among all 90's kids and Goosebumps fans, Monster Blood was always making its way through elementary school classrooms. Probably because its the one thing kids can really imagine happening. An experiment gone terribly, terribly wrong? We almost wished for it, after reading.

Welcome to Dead House

Is it just me, or does the house on this cover look exactly like the creepy house Hannah lives in in the movie? This book is a must re-read before the movie, if only to prepare yourself for all the creepy quietness the movie house has to offer come Halloween!

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