Coming Distractions: The Goosebumps trailer has arrived to terrify all ’90s kids

We’re not sure how today’s children feel about R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books, what with all of the horrors that life in 2015 already offers. But we know that ’90s kids loved them more than Micro Machines, Wonder Balls, and whatever else is on those pandering lists of things that only ’90s kids will remember. Still, on paper, a movie based on the Goosebumps series doesn’t seem like it would be enough to hook today’s nostalgia-obsessed ’90s kids. The brand has to remain kid-friendly, and no self-respecting 25-year-old is going to be scared by something that’s kid-friendly.

Luckily, the Goosebumps movie has the sort of clever meta-twist that drives ‘90s kids crazy: One of the main characters is a fictionalized version of R.L. Stine himself, played by Jack Black. Now it’s not just a movie about scary things that aren’t that …

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