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7 Goosebumps  Books that Would Make Amazing Movies

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By Scott Meslow

Yesterday, at the intersection of nostalgia and the corporate exploitation of that nostalgia, Deadline announced that Sony Pictures is negotiating with director Rob Letterman to work on a film adaptation ofGoosebumps, the kid-lit classic series written by R.L. Stine. If the Goosebumps film actually happens, the screenwriters certainly won't be lacking for material: Between 1992 and 1997, Stine churned out 62 books in the series, with each representing the possibility of a hit film. With 62 books to choose from, which Goosebumps books have the best chance of box-office glory? Reader, beware—you're in for an article about the 7 Goosebumps books that are most ripe for a big-screen adaptation: 

1Say Cheese and Die!

"Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he found. The photos keep turning out...different. When Greg takes a picture of his father's brand-new car, it's wrecked in the photo. And then his dad crashes the car. It's like the camera can tell the future — or worse. Maybe it makes the future!"

Pros: Features a mad scientist named "Spidey." Might be able to get Ryan Gosling to do it again.

Cons: No one remembers Polaroid cameras anymore.

2. Night of the Living Dummy

"When twins Lindy and Kris find a ventriloquist's dummy in a Dumpster, Lindy decides to 'rescue' it, and she names it Slappy. But Kris is green with envy. It's not fair. Why does Lindy get to have all the fun and all the attention? Kris decides to get a dummy of her own. She'll show Lindy. Then weird things begin to happen. Nasty things. Evil things. It can't be the dummy causing all the trouble, can it?"

Pros: Perfectly timed to cash in on America's ventriloquism craze. Gilbert Gottfried would be perfect (and presumably available) to do the voice of the dummy.

Cons: Chucky cornered the market on evil dummy movies decades ago.

3. One Day at HorrorLand

"Werewolf Village. The Doom Slide. The Coffin Cruise. These are just a few of the famous attractions awaiting Luke and Lizzy Morris at HorrorLand, the amusement park where terror comes free with every ticket. Step right up and join the Morris family as they ride each ride — and scream each scream — for the very first time. Because it might also be their last."

Pros: Already spawned a whole separate book series. Could be spun off into actual theme park. 

Cons: Climax centers on the main characters pinching a bunch of monsters. (That might actually be a pro.) 

4. Monster Blood II

"It's back. Evan Ross can't stop thinking about Monster Blood and what happened last summer. It was so horrible. So terrifying. Too bad Evan's science teacher doesn't believe him. Now he's stuck cleaning out the hamster's cage as punishment for making up stories. Then Evan's friend Andy comes to town, and things go from bad to worse. Because Andy's got a present for Evan. It's green and slimy and it's starting to grow . . . ."


Cons: Every scene that doesn't include a giant hamster.

5. The Cuckoo Clock of Doom

"When his father brings home an antique cuckoo clock, Michael is cautioned not to touch it, but he turns back the hands and suddenly he is getting younger by the minute — a year younger, to be exact."

Pros: Incredible title. Everybody loves time travel movies. 

Cons: Basically just a kid-lit version of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

6. A Shocker on Shock Street

"Erin and her brother Marty love Shock Street horror films — until a tour of the Shocker studio theme park shows them that real life is a whole lot scarier than the movies."

Pros: Monsters include Wolf Girl, Ape Face, and a bunch of giant praying mantises. Main characters turn out to be robots.

Cons: Probably requires a title change. 

7. Chicken, Chicken

"Everyone in Goshen Falls knows about weird Vanessa. She dresses all in black. Wears black lipstick. And puts spells on people. At least, that's what they say. Crystal and her brother, Cole, know you can't believe everything you hear. But that was before they made Vanessa mad. Before she whispered that strange warning, 'Chicken chicken.' Because now something really weird has happened. Crystal's lips have turned as hard as a bird's beak. And Cole has started growing ugly white feathers all over his body. . . ."

Pros: Stine's magnum opus. Arguably the greatest novel of the modern era.

Cons: Not applicable.

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New 'Eye Language' Lets Paralyzed People Communicate More Easily
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The invention of sign language proved you don't need to vocalize to use complex language face to face. Now, a group of designers has shown that you don't even need control of your hands: Their new type of language for paralyzed people relies entirely on the eyes.

As AdAge reports, "Blink to Speak" was created by the design agency TBWA/India for the NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute and the Asha Ek Hope Foundation. The language takes advantage of one of the few motor functions many paralyzed people have at their disposal: eye movement. Designers had a limited number of moves to work with—looking up, down, left, or right; closing one or both eyes—but they figured out how to use these building blocks to create a sophisticated way to get information across. The final product consists of eight alphabets and messages like "get doctor" and "entertainment" meant to facilitate communication between patients and caregivers.

Inside of a language book.
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This isn't the only tool that allows paralyzed people to "speak" through facial movements, but unlike most other options currently available, Blink to Speak doesn't require any expensive technology. The project's potential impact on the lives of people with paralysis earned it the Health Grand Prix for Good at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity earlier in June.

The groups behind Blink to Speak have produced thousands of print copies of the language guide and have made it available online as an ebook. To learn the language yourself or share it with someone you know, you can download it for free here.

[h/t AdAge]

How Bats Protect Rare Books at This Portuguese Library

Visit the Joanina Library at the University of Coimbra in Portugal at night and you might think the building has a bat problem. It's true that common pipistrelle bats live there, occupying the space behind the bookshelves by day and swooping beneath the arched ceilings and in and out of windows once the sun goes down, but they're not a problem. As Smithsonian reports, the bats play a vital role in preserving the institution's manuscripts, so librarians are in no hurry to get rid of them.

The bats that live in the library don't damage the books and, because they're nocturnal, they usually don't bother the human guests. The much bigger danger to the collection is the insect population. Many bug species are known to gnaw on paper, which could be disastrous for the library's rare items that date from before the 19th century. The bats act as a natural form of pest control: At night, they feast on the insects that would otherwise feast on library books.

The Joanina Library is famous for being one of the most architecturally stunning libraries on earth. It was constructed before 1725, but when exactly the bats arrived is unknown. Librarians can say for sure they've been flapping around the halls since at least the 1800s.

Though bats have no reason to go after the materials, there is one threat they pose to the interior: falling feces. Librarians protect against this by covering their 18th-century tables with fabric made from animal skin at night and cleaning the floors of guano every morning.

[h/t Smithsonian]


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