You’re In For a Scare This Fall
The beloved children’s book series, Goosebumps, is returning to the small screen this fall. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, but releasing on Disney+ and Hulu, the new series is teased to be a darker and grittier take on the original ‘90s series. This 2023 series was developed by Rob Letterman and Nicholas Stroller – Letterman was the director of the 2015 Goosebumps film starring Jack Black.
The new adaptation of Goosebumps follows a group of teenagers as they come across supernatural forces and accidentally release them. As the kids figure out ways to recapture the forces, they discover long-lost secrets about their parents from their teenage years.
The trailer also provides a better look into Justin Long’s involvement in the series. Long will be playing Mr. Bratt, a new English teacher who moves into a small town. He explains that he moved into the old Biddle house, which is claimed to be haunted by town locals. The trailer hints that something terrible happened to a teen in the house many years ago, and it appears that Mr. Bratt is possessed by this same teen.
Fans of the Goosebumps books will likely recognize some popular characters and objects throughout the various stories. Similar to the 2015 Goosebumps film and its sequel, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, the series isn’t adapting any specific book, but rather telling its own story while pulling items, creatures, and characters from the series. For example, shown in the trailer numerous times is the camera from Say Cheese and Die!, which involves a camera with the ability to cause horrible accidents.
Other popular items shown in the trailer include the Cuckoo Clock from The Cuckoo Clock of Doom, the Haunted Mask from The Haunted Mask, and of course, Slappy from the Night of the Living Dummy. Slappy has been presented on posters from the series but was kept out of the limelight for this trailer. Slappy’s involvement in the series has been kept under wraps, with the trailer making it a little more confusing as to how he will play into the larger story.
As mentioned before, Justin Long will be playing in what appears to be the villain role for the series, Mr. Bratt. The series also stars Ana Yi Puig, Miles McKenna, Will Price, Zack Morris, Isa Briones, and Rachael Harris. Rob Huebel also is part of the cast with his character being labeled as a recurring guest star role.
Goosebumps will premiere on both Disney+ and Hulu on October 13 with the first five episodes of the ten-part series. After October 13, new episodes will follow every week, with a November 17 series finale conclusion. The first two episodes will also premiere on Freeform on October 13, as part of the network’s annual “31 Nights of Halloween.”
Goosebumps streams on Disney+ and Hulu starting October 13. Stay tuned for future updates.
Goosebumps (2023) Official Disney+ Trailer