Goosebumps is one of the most popular children’s book series ever, and it will now be adapted into a series for Disney+. Not much is known about the series so far, but it will be serialized as opposed to the anthology format of the books and the beloved ’90s TV show. However, each episode can still be based on a different book, just with the same recurring characters.
Fans have taken the opportunity to discuss which books should be adapted into the new series, and it’s a mix of fan favorites and extreme deep cuts. Between the return of Slappy, Goosebumpsits own fictional meta-series Shock Street, and a horror-themed theme park, the new series has so much potential.
CandidlyKaylor wants to see Monster blood be adapted into an episode of the show and they even have an interesting pitch. Redditor comments: “I need Monster Blood to swallow the whole town the story takes place in, to be honest.”
Monster blood is about a box of play slime, which was extremely popular in the 90s, but that slime has a mind of its own, can eat anything and will grow drastically. An episode based on the toy slime could almost be like a secret remake of The Blob, and it could probably be much more entertaining too. Although it might be a bit dark given that the slime eats the main character’s dog in the original novel.
Tower of Terror
Marvelago thinks Tower of Terror could make a great episode of the show. Redditor asks, “How about a plot involving Tower of Terror?” Tower of Terror is a popular story i Goosebumps franchise, as the titular building is the basis of two books, and it even got a board game as well.
Given that the story is so popular, it is likely that the series could include the story. And A Night in Terror Tower and Return to the Tower of Terror could make a great two-part episode. At the very least, the Lord High Executioner should make some sort of appearance in the show, as the villain has been criminally underused in recent Goosebumps releases.
Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns
Domohnta thinks Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns should be adapted to the series. The story follows a group of supernatural beings with pumpkin heads and hissing voices as they terrorize the suburbs on Halloween night. The Redditor claims, “A more faithful and expansive one Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns with the Disney budget could become an instant classic.”
It is not entirely clear what kind of budget the series will have, but it is highly doubtful that it will have the same production cost as the likes of Marvel or Star Wars The Disney+ series. Still, Disney has never been a studio to tighten its purse strings, and spending money on practical sets and effects would make for a particularly great Halloween episode. It could even make a great two-parter with the acclaimed Halloween special Werewolf at night.
Domohnta actually picks up two books, noting, “I’d like to see more titles from the 2000s (Werewolf in the living room, headless Halloween…) adapted.” While the top of Goosebumps the series’ popularity was in the 90s, there are several books published in the 2000s that are unfairly overlooked, e.g. Headless Halloween.
The 21st century book is a classic ghost story, rarely adapted when it matters Goosebumpswhether it’s the movies or the original TV series, so Headless Halloween would be the best candidate if the new series introduced ghosts. But at the end of the novel, the whole house becomes emotional, which is perhaps too reminiscent of the popular animated film Halloween Monster house.
Recent_Journalist196 has an interesting pitch, suggesting that not just one episode, but the entire series should be based on a specific book. The Redditor comments, “I can’t even imagine how awesome it would be if they based everything on Horrorland and made an entire theme park to match the description books.”
Horrorland is an amusement park in an unknown location in the universe. It is the basis for two Goosebumps stories, and it actually has its own spin-off series as well. The Goosebumps Horrorland series consists of 19 books that follow the characters who run the park, known as The Horrors, so there is more than enough content to create a Horrorland– specific TV series.
Night Of The Living Dummy
Slappy is one of the most popular villains in the universe, or at least the most well-known, and as a result is heavily featured in both of the final films. He really is GoosebumpsJoker, most fans think he’s overused and the last thing they want to see is more of him.
However, Few-Reserve-9530 would love to see Slappy back, noting, “If Kris from the first Night of the Living Dummy defeats Slappy in the finals, it would be fire.” It’s almost inevitable that Slappy will return in the new series given his popularity, but it will hopefully be a closer adaptation of Night of the Living Dummy than what fans got in the movies.
Stay out of the basement
Deniz2323 will see Stay out of the basement, and they have some requirements for how it should be adapted as well. The Redditor suggests, “The tone should mirror the 90s show’s two-part episodes because they had the best effects and writing.” The user is asking a lot of Disney to make the tone of the new series as close to the 1990s as possible, but that’s exactly what the fans want.
Practically speaking, the theme tune and even the iconic opening titles elevated the source material. A return to this aesthetic may be possible, however, as Disney knows how important nostalgia is and the studio is evolving X-Men ’97, which is a continuation of the animated 90s show. The studio could approach Goosebumps in the same way.
A shock on Shock Street
Shock Street similar to the fictional one Sting movie franchise i Yell series, since there is a metafilm series inside Goosebumps universe, but worlds collide A shock on Shock Street. ConnorKent5985 wants to see a better adaptation of the novel than what fans got in the original TV series, which was one of the low points.
The Redditor explains, “I really hope at some point in the new series, we’ll see A shock on Shock St customized. Although we probably won’t see THAT scene adapted, TV special effects and prosthetics have come a long way since the original.” The original TV series episode based on the book had many differences, and it didn’t even feature the giant praying mantises, which were the main event of the novel.
Invasion Of The Body Squeezers
JF619 would like to see Body Squeezers appear in the series. and while it may be difficult to fit aliens into the supernatural world, it has already been done once. The Body Squeezers appeared in the 2015 movie, but very briefly, and they totally deserve an entire episode dedicated to them, especially since there are not one, not two, but three books in the series based on the aliens.
The Redditor explains, “Typical alien invasion stuff, but I think it would be fun.” Just like the best alien invasion movies, the Invasion of the Body Squeezers episode could be influenced by B-movies and it would be the highlight of the season.
Calling All Creeps
Sonofachaosgod is keeping his fingers crossed for a modern adaptation of Calling All Creeps, which is about the titular reptilian monsters who mingle with real people. Redditor states: “I want to see the Creeps come back. They’re my favorite monster from the entire franchise and they were just reduced to audience shots with other monsters the last time we saw them. They didn’t even get a line of dialogue.”
Much fan favorite Goosebumps monsters and characters were unfortunately relegated to simple reaction shots in the movies, but the upcoming show could balance the scales. And Calling All Creeps could make for one of the more light-hearted episodes.
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