Nostalgia Review: Goosebumps Escape from Horrorland

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“Horrorland may seem like a scary, foreboding place… BECAUSE IT IS!”

NOTE: Pardon the lateness!  Things have been a bit stressful on my end, but the show must go on!

Like many children in the 1990s, there weren’t too many book series that really garnered my attention.  One of the many exceptions was a certain youth-oriented horror series by R.L. Stine, who was already famous for the “Fear Street” series (aimed towards Teenagers).  Of course, I’m referring to the Goosebumps books.  They were fun, creepy, and usually pretty campy.  At times ,the scariest parts about the stories were the at-times graphic cover images.  Despite how silly many view the books nowadays, one couldn’t help but admire the incredible following the books had in the 1990s through the early 2000s.  While there have been attempts at recapturing that bit of lightning in a bottle with series like “Goosebumps Horrorland”, the massive explosion of popularity will match up to such a huge phenomenon.  Considering the series was pretty much everywhere, countless bits of merchandise popped up all over.  This included shirts, toys, a television adaptation, and even a laughable stage adaptation (that was thankfully short lived.) While some parts of the popularity boom sucked (including waves of imitators), others were truly memorable for many reasons!

However, I’m not here to talk about those things so much as one of the video games adapted as a sequel of sorts to “One Day at Horrorland”, the story of the Morris family trying to survive a demented amusement park ran by deranged monsters.  Needless to say, the family escapes from wicked rides and a diabolic game show before one of the monsters offers them tickets for another visit!  The game picks up afterwards where those tickets have magically showed up again.  Against better judgement, Lizzy Morris (from the original story) decides to study them, only for their dark magick to take its toll and abduct the whole family (and Cole, a neighborhood friend) back to Horrorland!  Grab a ticket and join me on this thrill ride!

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