Watch Jack Black get spooky in new ‘Goosebumps’ trailer

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LOS ANGELES — Fans of the popular “Goosebumps” children’s book series have gotten their first look at an upcoming film based on the famous spine-chilling tales.

Sony Pictures released its first trailer for the new film Wednesday. Jack Black will portray a fictional version the book series’ author, R.L. Stine, who is on a mission to keep the manuscripts of his stories locked away. Should they be opened, the tales would come to life.

But the chaos ensues when his daughter Hannah, played by Odeya Rush (“The Giver”) and the new boy-next-door, Zach, played by Dylan Minnette (“Scandal,” “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) come across the texts, unlocking every monster Stine has written about.

In the roughly two- and a half-minute trailer, the actors are seen battling the Abominable Snowman, evil gnomes and other creatures, an ode to Stine’s popular stories.

The film also co-stars Amy Ryan (“The Office,” “Gone Baby Gone”) and is directed by Rob Letterman, who has worked with Black before on a not-so-well-received semi-adaptation of “Gulliver’s Travels.” Letterman also co-directed a star-studded cast in the animated film, “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

“Goosebumps” was a popular children’s horror fiction series in the 1990s. While Black will portray its author, he told Entertainment Weekly last year, “This is obviously a fictionalized version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books.”

The film will appropriately be released Oct. 16, shortly before Halloween.

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