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Nightmare Fuel / Goosebumps

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"Who are you calling dummy, dummy?!"
For a horror book series, how do you not expect Nightmare Fuel to come a-creeping?

This is one of the scariest children's books for a very good reason.

As a Nightmare Fuel subpage, all spoilers are unmarked. You Have Been Warned.

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The books — in general:


Individual books:

    Original series 


     Goosebumps Series 2000 

    Spinoff series 

     Goosebumps: Most Wanted 

    Goosebumps SlappyWorld 

Spinoff media:

    The Series
Even when he's not alive, Slappy still manages to be scary as hell!

  • The opening to the show deserves a mention. It's somewhat minimalist, but its imagery, like the man in black (presumably R. L. Stine himself) with a briefcase's files being scattered by the wind and the "G" slithering around and making the billboard's face twist and making the dog's eyes glow, has stuck with many people for a long time. Not to mention the incredibly sinister but awesome song.

    The Movie
  • Every monster from the Goosebumps series is released into the real world. And we mean every monster!
  • Slappy the Living Dummy.
    • While he's missing his implied pedophile personality traits, it's replaced with a burning hatred for his creator and many Genre Savvy moments. First, he burns the books so Stine can't lock them up again and then goes on a drive throughout town, releasing more Goosebumps monsters all throughout town. And to make things worse, he takes out the town's communication tower and freezes anyone that could help the protagonists defeat them. He even somehow has the ability to move faster than the eye can see. Out of all the Goosebumps monsters, Slappy's quite possibly the most dangerous given how cunning and malicious he is.
    • There is one particular scene where Slappy confronts the heroes in a hall of mirrors. A typical, cheesy scare... except that he only appears in one mirror at a time, before eventually upping the ante by appearing in every single one at once.
      Stine: [narrating for Zach to type] "Stine's ingenious plan worked to perfection. The funhouse was terrifying, not so much for Stine as it was for the others, but it offered refuge from the real terrors that lurked outside."
      Slappy: [after he turns the lights off and appears in a mirror] You wish! [disappears]
      Stine: Slappy's found us! Quick! Hide!
      Slappy: [reappears] But Papa, you left without saying goodbye! [switches to another mirror] Are you trying to hide from me? That's like hiding from yourself! [switches again] I was your best friend, and you turned your back on me! [switches again] You locked me up! Imprisoned me in the pages of a book! [appearing in every mirror at once] You stuck me on a shelf! For years, and years! The key was right there! [in a Juxtaposed Halves Shot with Stine] And you never used it!
    • His final moments onscreen count for two specific reasons: 1) He's trying to get the last kick on Stine for locking him up again. 2) After Stine gets the last kick on Slappy, he says these words as he's facing the audience while being sucked into the new book:
      Slappy: See you in your dreams!
  • The giant mantis from A Shocker on Shock Street smashing its way through cars, semi trucks, and buildings without even apparent effort. That's one monster that got a serious upgrade from the books, from Big Creepy-Crawlies to full-blown Kaiju status.


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