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5 things you didn't know about 'Goosebumps'

The new film is loaded with surprises including a cameo from R.L. Stine himself.

Black Rush Minnette GoosebumpsBlack Rush Minnette GoosebumpsJack Black, Odeya Rush and Dylan Minnette star in "Goosebumps," based on R.L. Stine's kids' book series. (Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures)

For those of you who grew up in the 1990s and liked being scared, this weekend is a big one for you: the first film adaptation of R.L. Stine's kids' book series "Goosebumps" comes out on Friday. Jack Black plays Stine, with Odeya Rush portraying his daughter Hannah. When Stine's fictional demons become real, R.L. and Hannah team with new neighbor Zach Cooper (actor Dylan Minnette) to get the demons back into Stine's books.

Sounds intense, doesn't it? Here are some other things you might not have known about the movie:


The movie will feature most of the book series' monsters.

Why is Stine a character in the movie? Because, according to original screenwriters Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, the best approach was making a "phony" Stine biopic. "The problem is that each individual book is too short to turn into a movie. That is why they made them into 30-minute TV shows," said Alexander. "And we were trying to understand how we could do a greatest hits and get most of the monsters in there."


Stine will have a cameo in the movie.

R.L. Stine Jack Black Goosebumos"Goosebumps" author R.L. Stine (right) has a cameo in the movie based on his wildly successful book series. (Photo: Hopper Stone/Sony Pictures)

Stine, who never thought his books would be adapted into a movie, will have a cameo in the movie as a high school teacher named "Mr. Black" (the meta-ness of Stine's character name is oh-so-subtle, isn't it?). Of the version of himself that American actor Jack Black plays, Stine told the Boston Globe that "it’s a good character, but he’s very mean at the beginning. He’s a lot more of a sinister character than I am."


Odeya Rush wrote and directed a short film.

Here is the first still from the short film I directed "Thanks" Captured by my brilliant friend @490tx

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She may be only 18, but Israeli actress Odeya Rush is already trying to branch out from just acting. She wrote, directed and starred in a short film called "Thanks," slated to be released in the coming months. “I usually write more dramatic stuff, but this one has more humor and pokes fun at L.A. We did it all guerilla-style," she told NYLON. "My best friend is the president of the high school, so we snuck in and filmed in the auditorium.”


Tim Burton was going to direct a 'Goosebumps' movie in 1998.

Tim BurtonImagine if Tim Burton directed "Goosebumps?" It almost happened back in the '90s. (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Imagine how dark and scary "Goosebumps" would have been in the hands of Tim Burton? That almost happened. In 1998, the director who made Batman and Willy Wonka creepy was set to direct a "Goosebumps" movie, but the project never got to the point where he could get behind the camera and start filming.


Black will be the voice of 2 monsters, including Slappy the Dummy.

Jack Black Slappy GoosebumpsJack Black talks to Slappy the Dummy during the "Goosebumps" panel at Comic-Con. Black voices Slappy and one other monster in the movie. (Photo: Frazer Harriston/Getty Images)

This is the third time that Black and director Rob Letterman are working together ("Gulliver's Travels" and "Shark Tale") and the director is taking advantage of his funny star's talents. Not only is Black playing Stine, but he'll also be voicing two monsters: Slappy the Dummy, one of the series' most popular characters, and Brent Green, the invisible boy from the book "My Best Friend is Invisible."

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