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'Goosebumps' kids' horrors are a screaming good time on screen

'Goosebumps' kids' horrors are a screaming good time on screen

Prolific kids lit author R.L. Stine cranked out 62 titles in his original "Goosebumps" series, selling some 400 million copies worldwide to young readers eager to delve into his kooky, creepy horror before graduating to become regular viewers of "The Walking Dead" or "American Horror Story."

The books have never gone away and now comes a movie version of "Goosebumps," a playful, horror-adventure romp that succeeds in translating Stine's tried-and-true formula — "twists and turns and frights ... and a little personal growth for our hero," as this knowing adaptation explains — to the screen.

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