“Holly on Hollywood”
by Holly McClure
“Goosebumps” stars Jack Black as real-life author R. L. Stine who doesn’t approve of his new neighbor Zach (Dylan Minnette) who continually flirts with his daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush). One night Zach looks out his window and witnesses an argument between Stine and Hannah. Concerned for her safety, Zach grabs his friend Champ (Ryan Lee), sneaks into the Stine house and accidentally unleashes a stampede of threatening monsters like; the Abominable Snowman, a maniacal ventriloquist’s dummy Slappy, a werewolf, man-eating plants, zombies, aliens and others.
The PG rating is for kids 8 to adults because of intense chase scenes and scary looking CGI creatures that reminded me of “Jumanji”. There are 160 books in Stine’s popular series so the movie features about 25 monsters and a cameo of the writer himself. My favorite scenes were with the Abominable Snowman in a hockey rink, a herd of angry lawn gnomes in a kitchen fight and a joy ride on a Ferris wheel rolling down a hill.
I enjoyed this kid-friendly approach to a movie based on popular books that they love to read, where no one’s in real danger, the monsters are never too scary and there are a few fun goosebumps moments. Themes about bullying, friendships and parenting make it a family film all ages will enjoy.
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!