One of the most exciting things happening this year is the release of the long-awaited feature film adaptation of R.L. Stine’s iconic Goosebumps books, which will bring over 30 of the author’s most beloved monsters to the big screen for the first time. It hits theaters on October 16th, just in time for Halloween.

It should come as no surprise that Stine got to see the movie early, being that it is based on his books and all, and in a recent interview with The Source, he provided a little mini-review of the finished film. The good news, if Stine’s being honest here, is that he’s a big fan!

I’ve seen it. It’s really fun,” said Stine. “It’s a great kids’ movie. And Jack Black—Jack and I are like twins. He is a very evil version of me, very sinister, and it has got a million monsters in it—all the monsters from the early Goosebumps books. They all come alive in the movie, it’s really fun.”

It’s expected that Stine will have somewhat of a cameo in Goosebumps, but we’ll have to wait until October to find out exactly what role he plays.

In the Rob Letterman-directed film, Jack Black stars as R.L. Stine, the story centering on the various monsters from the books being unleashed upon the real world. It’ll be up to Stine and two teenagers to put the monsters back into the books, before it’s too late.

For those who missed it, be sure to check out the reveal of all the Goosebumps movie monsters, which should look quite familiar to longtime fans of the property!

Goosebumps movie

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series.

It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.