Goosebumps Series Review

*Contains Spoilers*
Cover of the series.
Cover of the series.

If you are looking for a new spooky and scary show to watch this fall, I would check out Rob Letterman and Nicholas Stroller’s reboot of Goosebumps. Branching from the original 1995 Goosebumps series, this new and improved reboot is sure to give you nostalgia from your childhood but with a “GenZ” spin on it.

The 10-episode series premiers every Friday on Hulu and Disney Plus. Although there are only eight episodes out currently, it’s just enough to give us the feel for the whole show. I personally was a fan of R.L. Stine growing up, and as a big horror fan, I was very excited for this show to come out. Luckily, it did not disappoint. 

The show had the same eerie feel to it as the original all while staying mildly scary, but the reboot is definitely creepier. This felt more on brand for Goosebumps as Letterman and Stroller made sure to tie in the same concepts as the previous books. Every episode has a part from each of the original series, which I liked because it stayed in line with the original plot. I absolutely loved the back-and-forth between timelines and I felt that the writers did a very good job with the storyline. They were able to give the show a “GenZ” spin while still making it feel like an R.L. Stine classic. Some people say that soundtracks can depict the quality of the show, but this reboot definitely made the show better. The use of more recent and popular songs made the show even more fun to watch. 

Even though Goosebumps is more of a horror show, in all honesty, it is not as scary as I expected it to be. It is more mild horror as there are no jump scares or gore, but I do like how the writers relied more on the creepiness and suspense of the show to make it seem scary. I do like how the show gives you an episode for each character to focus on their story and how they play into the main plot in the show. With the pacing of the show, I never felt myself getting bored and I managed to finish all 8 episodes in one sitting. Overall, I really enjoyed this series and can’t wait for Friday the 10th when they release the next episode.


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