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This is the second draft for the 2015 Goosebumps film.[1] It was written on December 18, 2012, around the franchise's 20th anniversary.

Plot


Monsters and Villains

Many of the monsters listed below were originally going to appear in the final cut but were scrapped during production:

Differences between the Second Draft and Final Cut


  • Madison, Delaware is referred to as Normal.
  • Champ is referred to by his working name Duncan.
  • Hannah is portrayed as Stine's niece in this draft, rather than his daughter.
  • Zach has a younger sister named Melissa.
  • Barring Slappy, all the Goosebumps monsters are portrayed as being simple-minded and do not like being insulted for being as such.
  • The draft's opening act is similar to the alternate opening featured in the Blu-ray release, as well as the opening cutscene of Goosebumps: The Game, except the movers encounter the Blob rather than Slappy.
  • The opening credits behave similarly to the final cut's end credits, in which it features many of the different Goosebumps covers. However, there would have been covers for The Haunted School, It Came from Beneath the Sink!, and The Girl Who Cried Monster to name a few.
  • The climax of the story is set on Halloween in this draft; while the final cut does not take place on Halloween, the sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween would appropriately recycle the original time setting.
  • While in the film Hannah screams when an argument with Stine goes to far, the second draft instead states that the Werewolf of Fever Swamp getting out of his book was the cause of Hannah's screaming.
  • The Abominable Snowman is depicted as a female and is nicknamed "Abby" by Duncan.
  • Multiple Praying Mantises appear, just like in A Shocker on Shock Street, as a opposed to only one. Also, the heroes encounter them after Stine recaptured the Abominable Snowman.
  • Lorraine gets attacked by the Lawn Gnomes, who trash her yard while she is busy with Melissa, rather than Fifi.
  • Another scrapped idea found in this draft that gets recycled for Haunted Halloween is the idea of the protagonists utilizing costumes as disguises.
  • In addition to Slappy, several other monsters have dialogue including Clem, at least one other Monster Police officer, Captain Ben, Andrew the Headless Ghost, and an Arcturan.
  • The scene were Lorraine rams the Monster Police is similar to a scene in the final cut where she rams the Werewolf of Fever Swamp.
  • There are several Vampire Poodles in the second draft, rather then just Fifi.
  • There is an entirely unique scene where Clem reports his failures to Slappy and gets attacked by Cuddles.
  • In the graveyard scene, Lorraine and Melissa are present and the group gets chased by Beasts From the East rather than Graveyard Ghouls.
  • The new Goosebumps book that is written during the film would have been called "The Long Halloween: A True Story".
  • The Blob gets released during the high school attack rather than at the abandoned amusement park. Also, the monsters are successfully driven back by the staff and students at Normal High, instead of the school being overwhelmed.
  • After Hannah and the other monsters get locked away in "The Long Halloween", Slappy reappears and tries to release his army only to unleash the Abominable Snowman by accident. The Snowman begins trying to eat Slappy because it mistakes him for a Pez dispenser, but both are trapped in "The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena" by Stine.
  • The twist ending would have had Duncan turn into a werewolf; this gets foreshadowed beforehand, when Duncan accidentally gets clawed while fighting the Werewolf of Fever Swamp.

Trivia

  • It appears that the film was originally going to be a PG-13 film, because in this second draft there are some cursing words and extreme horror scenes.
  • It is said there was a misspelling in the book "The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena", and it should have said "The Abominable Snow-Woman of Pasadena." Condientally, there was a Snow-Woman in Zapped in Space.
  • Despite being scrapped later in production, a Beast, Monster Blood, and Aunt Dahlia make appearances in Goosebumps: The Game, the Sea Monster appears in concept art, and the titles for several books are seen on Stine's bookshelf in the final cut.
  • The version of Murder featured in this draft was the Goosebumps HorrorLand version because A Nightmare on Clown Street had not been published yet.
  • When Duncan comments that there's usually a twist in Goosebumps stories, one example he mentions is everything being a "crazy government experiment". This guess is meant to be a reference to the twist ending of Welcome to Camp Nightmare, where the events of the book are ultimately revealed to be a government experiment.
  • Zack jokes that Stine should have written a joke book every once in a while, which is likely a reference to how in real life, R.L. Stine did write joke books early in his career.

References

  1. https://wikileaks.org/sony/docs/03_03/Mktrsch/F%20I%20L%20M%20S/INTERVIEW/INTERNATIONAL/UK%20Trailer%20Test/UK%20Trailer%20Test%202/Trailer/Watchable%20Versions/GOOSEBUMPS/Goosebumps%2012-18-12%20Hall.pdf
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