As noted elsewhere on this wiki, the Night of the Living Dummy books is about ten times scarier when you consider the situation. They're about dummies (Slappy or Mr. Wood, depending on which book you're reading) attempting to enslave pre-teen girls. When the girls resist him, he slaps and hits them. To top it all off, in one book he demands a bride, a preteen girl, who he gives violent attacks and calls then "love taps".
Also in one of the Goosebumps books; Revenge of the Living Dummy, it is revealed that Slappy hasn't been awake for most of the book so when you think about the time Brittney was pushed the stairs by the dummy, that means that Ethan actually pushed his cousin down the stairs, just for an elaborate joke.
Making the original Adult Fear entry even creepier, Bride of the Living Dummy mentions that the toymaker who built Slappy infused his evil to bring him to life. The way it was written can be interpreted two ways: actual evil powering his life force, OR Slappy has the soul of an older man and his personality giving him life. Considering his treatment of his owners, and especially young girls, it suddenly adds another layer of (probably unintentional) creepy to it.
During Egg Monsters From Mars, the main character, Dana, is locked into a fridge cell and the titular egg monsters wrap all around him, supposedly to protect him from the cold. In the end, the protagonist (a 12-year-old boy) lays an egg while walking on the lawn. This means that the monsters did not really want to protect him from the cold, they wanted to rape and impregnate him.
From the same book, the fate of Doctor Gray. He held the egg monsters captive in the lab and threatened their friend Dana, so the creatures strike back by burying him in a sort of "egg blanket", assumably smothering him. When Dana returns to the lab,though, there's no trace of him, and what happened is left to our imaginations. If these aliens "reward" their friends by impregnating them, what would they do to people they hate, like Gray?
The twist ending also reveals that Doctor Gray was technically justified in his actions to some extent. Gray kept Dana because he was worried that exposure to the egg monsters was hazardous, which is apparently true based on what happens to Dana at the end of the book. The egg monsters end up killing Gray for threatening Dana, proving that they can kill humans. (It is possible that the monsters only protected Dana in this situation because they knew Dana was carrying an egg.) When Gray dies, the reader may initially feel relieved for Dana, but Gray was actually holding off an alien invasion.
Near the end of Deep Trouble, the villains try to dispose of Billy and his family by locking them in a glass tank and pushing it into the sea. A school of Merpeople show up, and Billy at first thinks they want revenge for kidnapping their friend. Fortunately, the creatures save the heroes after realizing their good intentions. Alexander and the thugs, however, don't have these ideals, and the Mermaids stop them by capsizing their boat. They're never seen again. Dr.Deep should be really grateful he stopped hunting mermaids...
At the end of Be Careful What You Wish For, everyone's going to start wondering what exactly happened to Samantha, since obviously nobody would believe the real story. The police are probably going to get called in, and what will they learn? That Samantha disappeared after a school day where Judith was bullying her particularly badly (since time got reset). At the very least, everyone's going to think that Judith drove her to suicide, or may have even done something to her. It's hard to imagine that Judith will come out of that too well, so herKarma Houdinistatus may actually be short-lived.
Also in The Curse of Camp Cold Lake, at first you think the girl on the cover is supposed to be Della, the ghost girl that torments poor Sarah Maas all story long. Until you read and find Della looks perfectly normal but is transparent (plus, she died when she ran into the woods and got bitten by snakes. No one has ever died in the lakes of Camp Cold Lake because the counselors impose a buttload of water safety rules. This girl is not transparent and looks like a female version of the Skin Taker fromCandle Cove. The ending implies that Sarah is killed by Briana in the Mandatory Twist Ending, though Sarah was also killed by a snake, because the story ended with Briana holding a poisonous snake and asking Sarah to be her buddy.
In The Horror At Camp Jellyjam, King Jellyjam uses child slaves to wash him 24/7 to prevent him from suffocating on his own stench, and if one of them stops even for a moment, he eats them. But no one can work around the clock without food or water or any rest whatsoever. That means that the camp exists not only to acquire new slaves for King Jellyjam, but to replace the ones he eats on a regular basis. In other words, every camper who wins 6 coins is essentially marked for death.
Take a look at the cover after reading the story. Buddy, that grinning camp counselor with the bulging eyes? He's actually being mind-controlled to deceive, enslave, and possibly murder children. Judging by how forced his smile seems, and the part in the book where the counselors have to get their hypnosis "refreshed", the poor bastard is probably screaming for help on the inside.
And the cover becomes ten times more unsettling if you interpret Jellyjam's powers a certain way. It's not uncommon for psychic entities in fiction to act and speak through those they control. That could be Jellyjam himself grinning at us, staring through the face of one of his victims.
The Creeps of Calling All Creeps are apparently created by identity seeds mutating human hosts. This most likely includes the main four(Jared,Brenda,Wart,David). That's right, these monstrous,human-hating reptoids used to be normal children. Ricky might be just one of many troubled kids who found themselves forced into the Creeps' ranks.
In Stay Out Of The Basement, apparently the plant clone impersonating Dr. Brewer wasn't evil-he genuinely thought he was the real deal, and was just trying to gain a family of his own. Even after Margaret uncovers the truth, he simply begs for his life before his creator cuts him in half. That's right-Brewer just murdered his newest child, right in front of his other children.
At one point in Attack Of The Mutant Skipper visits Libby's house, where she shows him her own comic collection. But if "Libby" is just the Mutant in disguise and has her own house and possesions, what if the Mutant did something to the real Libby?
Chicken Chicken is horrible enough, but it gets worse when the story implies that Crystal and Cole weren't Vanessa's first victims.
How I Learned To Fly is more fantasy adventure fable than "horror", but than you have the government agents who are after the flying formula for military use. They never call off their mission, and by the end, Wilson is still famous for his flying abilities. He'll be hounded not only by the media, but by scientists and agents who are determined to exploit him for his powers, possibly to the point of drafting him as a Super Soldier, or a guinea pig for experiments. And now that he's famous, how will he hide from them? Wilson pretty much has the choice of living in complete seclusion, or being used as a weapon by a sinister government. Celebrity Is Overrated,indeed.
I Live In Your Basement is freakish and bizarre as it is, but when you ask yourself how long Keith and his mother have lived in the basement, how they got down there, and the need for "monsters" to hide away in such tiny, cramped spaces, it takes on a much, muchdifferent atmosphere.
In the end of The Cuckoo Clock of Doom - what about all the other people born in 1988?
It is possible that the clock represented the protagonist's own life, so events relating to the his social life would have been wiped out. Nasty, yes, but it doesn't get rid of hundreds, maybe thousands, of people.
The Barking Ghost has a twist ending in which Cooper and Margaret are turned into squirrels. This might not seem scary at first until you realizesquirrels only live for about ten years, so R. L. Stine essentially sentenced the protagonists to an early death.
The beasts in The Beast From The East are cannibals. Since they presumably don't always have unsuspecting lost children to play with, and since someone has to be the loser of each game, we can assume they eat each other.
Seeing how Rip has been alive for a long time in Cry of the Cat, it makes you wonder if Rip has had any other targets than Allison, Crystal, and her mother.
The cover of Ghost Camp shows a line of ghostly campers, invisible save clothes, while a human girl at the back stares in horror. Seems to be a straight case of Covers Always Lie, since the protagonists are boys and nothing like this happens in the book. Then you realize that Alex and Marty probably aren't the only campers who have been coming here. And the ghosts' goal is to find new bodies, meaning at least one lucky camper might be out there living this poor girl's life.
It's bad enough in Old Story that the brothers are being magically aged into older men by consuming prunes. But what makes it even worse is realizing just why she's aging them up. Dahlia planned on turning two adolescent boys into old men so that she could sell them off to elderly women so they could marry the boys. And apparently does this fairly regularly.
Even worse than that is, at the end of the story, the parents come to the realization that neither of them are actually related to Dahlia, they both thought she was the other's relative. Meaning that it's highly likely this woman was infiltrating multiple families by pretending to be a distant relative, merely so she could gain access to young boys who she could groom into marriage partners for much older women.
It is made pretty damn clear that the monsters cannot be killed, only trapped within their manuscripts. The And I Must Scream implications are horror in and of themselves, but it gets worse when you realize that Hannah is effectively immortal, and will outlive Zach, Stine, and Champ. Stine also burned her manuscript, so there is no way for her to die unless someone writes another story for her, which means her two fates are either immortality where she watches everyone she loves die, or to be forever trapped in a story book like the others.
It's possible Stine realized this and wrote the manuscript in such a way that Hannah is no longer a ghost and is as real as everyone else, including actually being able to age and die.
Not how it works. You cant write something into being real but it may actually be a good thing as there is a good chance that she may wind up developing the Living Forever Is Awesome mindset and it means that at least somebody will be around to deal with anymore supernatural threats, which is good for the world as a whole.
He may not be able to write her "real", but he can certainly write a sequel in which ghost-Hannah is brought back to life, and sets out to lead a normal life in which she grows up, ages, and eventually dies like an ordinary living person. Perhaps the new book's ghost-Hannah can muse about how much she wishes she could do that, all through the book, and at the end she receives a wish from some magical (and not cursed for once!) knickknack.
The twist at the end is actually pretty terrifying if you think about it. Stine passes his typewriter, sees it moving on its own, and watches as it types out, "The Invisible Boy's Revenge." The Invisible Boy implies he's going to do something to Stine himself. Roll credits. Typical cheesy Goosebumps ending, right? Except Stine has shown how easy it is to simply write another book to bring back a character, as he did with Hannah. What's stopping the Invisible Boy from bringing back Slappy and all the others?
Presumably it depends on whether or not the Invisible Boy is actually any good at writing.
When Slappy escapes his book and ends up facing R. L. Stine, he asks about what kind of trouble he's been let out for this time, and one of the thing he mentions is destroying a town. Knowing that Slappy and the others were created as a form of therapeutic revenge that became literal breathing monsters, and seeing the events of the film, it's safe to conclude that whole towns probably have been destroyed before, and that Stine's continuous warnings of "bad things happen" when a book is unlocked make him Properly Paranoid. What's less obvious is Stine likely did it on purpose before. The fact that Slappy had a whole list of potential mayhem to cause speaks volumes of the kind of vengeful preteen/teenager that R. L. Stine used to be, even if he regrets it now.
What about all the Artifacts of Doom R.L Stine wrote, like the camera from Say Cheese or Die? Is it possible for them to be left behind like the Invisible Boy, since they aren't technically monsters?
Let's just hope Slappy'd stuffed them all into the trunk of the Haunted Car for ease of transport.
We should hope that Slappy only released the more dangerous monsters like Vanessa and The Lord High Executioner when he wanted to break into the school. If he released them while he was taking a drive around town in the beginning...
They had explosives in a school and, somehow, Zach knew how to use them to set up a bomb.
Chemistry class chemicals, and YouTube, obviously.
Hannah goes back into the book along with the other monsters due to being a creation in the book, even though R.L. treated her like a daughter. However, R.L. did not have to do this, since he was shown listing each monster by name, and at the end, it turns out that Stine forgot to include The Invisible Boy, so he could have just left her out of the list of names.
Questionable. Stine said it had to be a true Goosebumps story, so he couldn't cop-out on the narrative. Until the end the Invisible Boy did nothing important. Hannah was fundamental to the narrative.
More importantly, the young protagonist has to undergo character development or face some kind of pivotal choice for the book to be a proper R.L. Stine novel. Zach was the protagonist, and having to finish a book that would sacrifice Hannah to save the rest of the town was his pivotal choice. Also "The Twist", when Hannah shouldered the responsibility for actually opening the book to spare him that burden.
The TV version of The Haunted Mask II implies that the supernatural forces surrounding Halloween are what bring the masks to life. If the masks were all destroyed (save for the main one, which seems indestructible), what's to stop these same sinister entities from possessing children through something else?
In Phantom of the Auditorium, the protagonists are snooping around the titular Phantom's lair. They come across a bowl of freshly poured corn flakes, which they then assume to be a sign that the villain is near. This may sound like stupid logic, but it's actually a clever bit of deductive thinking. If someone pours a bowl of cereal and goes a short distance before someone finds it,the cereal would still be fresh. However, if someone were to go a long distance after pouring that cereal, it'd be soggy due to being left for all that time.
The Dark Falls folks from Welcome To Dead House are essentially vampires but bare little resemblance to the ones we meet in Vampire Breath, who have more classical powers and habits. But said powers are derived from the titular formula, which seemed to be exclusive among Nightwing's clan. The formula doesn't create vampires, it just spiffs them up with new abilities. The Dark Falls residents were just normal civilians transformed by accident, so of course they wouldn't have the resources to acquire Vampire Breath. Count Nightwing's weakened state without the stuff could be seen as withdrawal symptoms.
A Shocker On Shock Street became increasingly bizarre and insane the further it went on, up to the Erin and Marty robots short circuiting and needing to be shut down. Someone on the "Blogger Beware" website commented on the review that the insanity of the book's events made more sense when one realizes the story is being told from the point of view from a robot that has been steadily malfunctioning, so naturally Erin's perception of the world had become warped and unstable (which started when she asked her dad if her mom was coming on the ride too, and her dad sheepishly dodges the question. During the end, Erin's "dad" said that he knew something was wrong with the Erin robot when she asked about her mom, when she should have known she was built, not biologically created).
Attack Of The Mutant has Libby reading High School Harry and Beanhead comics, an obvious Expy of Archie Comics. It's shown to be a facade, but considering Libby is a shape-shifter from a world of superheroes impersonating a pre-teen girl, it makes sense that he'd want to read up more on how to act like one.
Another from "Attack of the Mutant" — if you look closely at the picture of the Masked Mutant on the cover you'll notice that a part of his costume subtely resembles pigtails...just like the kind a young girl would wear her hair in.
In Chicken Chicken, Vanessa turns the protagonists into chickens...because they chickened out of giving her an apology for knocking over her groceries.
At some point, it was mentioned that when Mr. Wood died in the first Night of the Living Dummy book, Slappy became "twice as evil and a thousand times ruder." Take all the books with Slappy in order of publication, (even from different series), and he actually gradually becomes worse and worse, with his pranks and insults getting more cruel over time. As an example, in the second book, one of his more horrible pranks was painting "AMY AMY AMY AMY" all over her sister's wall. In the recent Slappy New Year, he goes after kids with gardening shears and almost gets close enough to draw blood. This may not have been intended on R.L. Stine's part, but this troper found it pretty neat that such a throwaway trivia fact actually held some weight and consistency over such a long publication run.
In Welcome To Camp Nightmare, Uncle Al briefly warns the kids of unseen creatures called "Tree-bears". 34 books later, The Beast From The East features giant blue bear monsters, with one actually climbing a tree on the cover. And yes, they're every bitas dangerousas he mentioned them.
From the same book, Uncle Al states at the end that Earth is a very dangerous place. Since all the Goosebumps books take place in the same universe according to Word of God, he's absolutely right.
Billy is not only slightly more headstrong and tough than the average protagonist, but he's also better at handling wild animals, river rescues, and firearms. Since he's the child of two military scientists under a covert space program, this is probably not a coincidence.
Jellyjam has been thriving because poor campers just couldn't resist the urge to compete, and unwittingly gave him more slaves. He's destroyed by Wendy, the one person who wasn't enthusiastic about competition, and she did so by convincing the unlucky campers to stop washing him. Jellyjam only died because his victims stopped giving him what he wants.
Wendy and Elliot's parents(and probably others) stop searching the camp just because the councillors tell them their kids aren't there. Considering Jellyjam had complete control of his minions' minds, (to the point where he could alter Buddy's memories) he could make them sound as convincing as he wants.
Overlaps with Fridge Horror: Harrison Sadler from Ghost Beach plans to trap the ghost kids in a sacred cave. He also has a German Shepard hanging around. This is because he was planning to use it as bait, since the ghosts hate dogs and kill any they can catch. Most of the dog skeletons in the woods were probably from previous failed attempts. Than he meets Jerry and Terry and figures it'd be easier to lure the ghosts with someone they could trust.
Slappy's Nightmare is a Deconstruction of the previous books he's been in. The Night of the Living Dummy books usually follow the following formula: Kid gets dummy (Slappy or Mr. Wood). Mysterious things happen. Protagonist gets blamed. Dummy reveals he's alive, and demands the kid to be his slave, or this continues. Kid tries to prove the dummy did it. Parents don't believe them/dismiss the story/still blames the kid for wrongdoing. Kid finds a way to defeat him/prove he's alive, sometimes to no avail. In Slappy's Nightmare, every single point in the pattern is mocked, averted, inverted, or subverted:
Slappy himself is put in his owner's place, but instead of proving his innocence, he has to maintain the Masquerade and avoid revealing himself. He also has to do three good deeds (which someone else always ruins) and gets a taste of his own medicine when another character keeps accusing him of the wrongdoing.
The mother in this book actually realizes that yes, part of the problems ARE because of the dummy, even if it's more, "Gee, my daughter's been acting weird since this thing came into my house," than "Yes, dear, I know Slappy did it." She even has the thought of locking him in the closet for a time until her daughter calms down/gets help!
Slappy never reveals himself or causes trouble unless his life is threatened: remember, he has to do good deeds, and can't act like the bastard he usually is until the curse is lifted. The ONLY other times he comes to life are to attempt his good deeds (instead of his usual mean pranks) without being seen.
Even in the event that he does attempt to do something bad, he's never allowed to follow through with it, where before, he always did and got away with it.
Neither Slappy, nor the person blaming him, is the real culprit.
In the end, when the REAL threat shows up, Slappy comes to life, not only in front of his owner, but in front of her classmates, and in the process not only PROVES that the one person who knew he was alive was right all along, but in trying to take out his enemy, he hurts his owner and shows his real self in the process, which leads to his permanent destruction...until we learn that this was All Just a Dream and Here We Go Again!.
The book also heavily implies Wally, who's even more vicious than Slappy, is actually Mr. Wood, the other dummy from the first book. Considering this is all a dream, and that Mr. Wood is apparently dead, it seems that Slappy is haunted by memories of his brother.
Curse of the Cave Creatures - the hunter path being "harder" makes a bit of sense - the protagonist is implied to be a kid, and of course a kid won't know how to use weapons!
In My Best Friend is Invisible, Sammy reveals his nickname for his genius brother Simon, the "serious mutant", early on in the book. It looks like a throwaway line at first, but the Tomato Surprise at the end, including the description of what they look like, reveals that the line was foreshadowing The Reveal at the end.
The game from The Beast From The East seems incredibly bizarre and nonsensical at first read, but then consider what kind of creatures the Beasts are. A lot of the rules seem to involve feats of great resilience(getting bitten by snakes, eating insects) or resourcefulness(always tagging from the east, finding ways to trick other players). In the end, they let the kids go after it seems like they've "duplicated" themselves. Therefore, it could be the Beasts are Social Darwinists, and judge who lives or dies by strength and intelligence.
In How To Kill A Monster, the reveal of the monster being allergic to humans sounds incredibly stupid, but stopping to think about it adds a layer of ironic horror to the situation. Right before he dies, the beast voices his surprise that they're human, implying he could be reasoned with. It's likely he was only attacking them because he thought they were his captors and had the kids explained the situation to him, he would've left the house and they'd be safe. Instead, they follow their idiot grandparents' advice to kill the monster, and it makes things worse.
When the main characters try to destroy the Lawn Gnomes, they reform like The Terminator. It is implied that all of the monstrosities from the books are like this. Why can they not be destroyed? It's because You Cannot Kill An Idea!
And the reason you cannot kill these ideas in the movie is because they're made of ink, which reforms their bodies no matter what is attempted.
Slappy's eyes go from blue to brown in the movie. Jack Black, who plays R. L. Stine, also has brown eyes, which is perfectly reflected in the mirror scene.
Slappy's prey of choice in the books is teenage girls, yet he never once speaks to or even takes notice of Hannah. Why would he? He must know she's not real/human, so where'd the fun be in that?
Why wasn't the Invisible Boy sucked back into the book at the end? Because the one encounter with him was so relatively inconsequential that Stine forgot to include it in the book. He can't be sucked into the manuscript of a Goosebumps book that he's not in.
Also, The Invisible Boy is just an invisible human who's a bit of a prankster. Being invisible and a prankster doesn't quite make one a monster, does it?
Alternatively as he was thrown into the field a while away from the other monsters, he may have just not been close enough to the book to be sucked back in when it opened. He is still a normal human child, after all.
Also alternately, he trapped himself in the glass case where the typewriter is kept, and thus the book couldn't get him.
Another alternative is that the Goosebumps Book of the film has less power than the other Goosebumps manuscripts because Zach finished it, and not Stine. Stine implies that it isn't "just" him that can produce living monsters: Zach finishing the book might have weakened its Deus ex Machina abilities to merely a strong vacuum, rather than an Instant-Win Condition.
Slappy and the Invisible Boy are both voiced by Black. They're both extensions of Stine, so it makes sense they'd sound like him. Hannah however is apparently an extension of the love he had for his late wife.
Fitting that Slappy chooses The Blob That Ate Everyone to help him kill R.L Stine. What better way to do in a writer of monsters than with a literal monster writer?
Champ lives up to his name after he saves the girl he likes from the Werewolf of Fever Swamp. He became her Champion.
And he did so by champing down on the Werewolf's neck with his silver dental fillings.
Unlike most of the Goosebumps monsters, The Invisible Boy is capable of speech, which showed when he voiced his dissatisfaction at how Stine defeated him. Unlike Slappy, Hannah, and most of the Goosebumps monsters, The Invisible Boy is literally just an invisible boy. He's still human, just invisible.
Why do some of the monsters seem a lot more vicious or malicious than their original book versions? Because these aren't oblivious characters with nothing but the motivations, personalities, and memories Stine wrote for them, randomly sucked into another world with no idea where they are or how they got there — they're fully aware that they're characters in books, angry about being locked up, and want revenge and freedom.
Alternately, it could also be because they're based on Stine's original manuscripts, filled with whatever raw emotions he was feeling at the time. He likely toned the stories down in order to get them published; he does admit one of his motivators is money, after all.
For that matter, why do some of the monsters seem more powerful? Because they have a new commander. Stine either didn't consider the full potential of their powers, or perhaps simply wasn't comfortable with writing it. Slappy doesn't hold himself back at all and has clearly spent a lot of time thinking up ways to destroy things.
It could also refer to how villains, no matter how scary, in media for children, rarely use their abilities to their fullest, in order to keep the story suitable for the audience. Free from these restraints, the many, many Goosebumps monsters are a lot more dangerous.
If all the monsters were released from their books, why isn't The Masked Mutant visible in the large group-shot of them. Simple: Apart from his Voluntary Shapeshifting, he has no other abilities. He was likely disguised as one of the other monsters, as this would have made him more useful to Slappy.
Getting rid of all the monsters required writing a single Goosebumps book that would capture them all. R.L. Stine may be writing incredibly fast (writing an entire book in a few hours?), but he had all the inspiration he needed - he wrote the adventure he just went through. Of course, it helps that this adventure contained multiple moments of quick scares similar to the endings of chapters in regular Goosebumps books! "Something grabbed Hannah? No, wait, it's a statue" is only one such example.
The name Hannah is a palindrome - as in it reads the same backwards. It turns into a Meaningful Name for Stine's daughter since she's only a character in his books, who has an endless loop of sixteenth birthdays.
Furthermore Hannah is presented with curly hair and a pale complexion which lets people know she's a ghost. In the end, when she is released from the book, she has a tan and straight hair, revealing she was rewritten as a human.
The way Hannah is revealed, she is literally The Ghost Next Door.