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"Calling All Creeps" is the nineteenth episode of season two of the Goosebumps TV series, and the thirty-eighth episode overall. It premiered on Fox during the Fox Kids block on February 15, 1997.

Cast

Plot

Ricky Beamer is the class loner -make that the school loser. Ricky's tired of Tasha and her friends’ constant teasing and bullying. So he takes out a personal ad in the school newspaper—"Calling All Creeps"—giving Tasha's phone number. But it looks like Ricky's lost again, when he gets the creepy midnight calls!

Differences from the book

  • In the book, Harding Middle School serves macaroni but no one eats it. In the episode, it's tuna surprise.
  • Iris speaks out when Ricky hands out the cookies at the end. But in the book, she does nothing at all.
  • Iris is Filipino in the TV version, unlike the book which describes her as having a round face, blue eyes and blond hair.
  • The number that appears in Ricky's message is "555-0109" instead of "555-6709".
  • There are three creeps, instead of four meaning Jared is absent.
  • The Creeps are yellow, instead of purple.
  • Ricky's mother is absent, as well as the school principal.
  • In the book, Ricky is forced to put the seeds in the macaroni, and it's not until later that he remembers no kid eats it. In the episode, he puts the seeds in the bad food on purpose, knowing no kid will eat it. He also checks everyone's food to make sure no one eats it.
  • The ending is slightly extended, showing Ricky's transformation into a creep.
  • There is only one lunch-lady.
  • Ricky is forced to sing Mary Had a Little Lamb, instead of The Star Spangled Banner.
  • The flashbacks are removed.

Other media

Goosebumps Presents

No. Cover Release date Pages
17
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December 1997 64

Home media

"Calling All Creeps" was first released on DVD on March 31, 2009 as the third episode of The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight. It was released on DVD a second time on August 26, 2014 as part of a 3-Pack Thriller.

Title Release date Media type

The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight


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September 15, 1998 DVD

3-Pack Thriller


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August 26, 2014 DVD

Trivia

  • "Calling All Creeps" received a book adaptation in December 1997 as the seventeenth book in the Goosebumps Presents series.
  • When this episode aired on the UK's CBBC channel, the scene in which Ricky's face transforms into a Creep's face was completely removed.
  • Hamille Rustia (Iris) played Allison in season four's "Cry of the Cat"
  • Matthew Lemche (David) played Richard Holman in season three's "Click". His brother Kris appeared previously in "Scarecrow Walks at Midnight".
  • The creep costumes worn by Matthew Lemche et al. were just rubber masks and rubber gloves. Although the creeps talk, there is no mouth movement on the masks only protruding tongues.The mask Matthew Lemche wears can be clearly seen coming through his shirt. The mask also lifts out of his collar when the actor turns his head.
  • During the final scene, you can see the other kids transforming in the reflection of Ricky's glasses. However, if you look closely, it's actually a re-used clip of an earlier scene of the bullies transforming into Creeps.

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