Darren Lemke (screenplay), Scott Alexander (story)
Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush
Clean-cut teen protagonist Zach (Dylan Minnette) moves with his widowed mom (a grossly underused Amy Ryan) from New York to sleepy suburban Madison, Del. Hoping for a fresh start in the wake of his father's untimely death, Zach finds an immediate distraction in the enigmatic girl next door, Hannah (Odeya Rush), whose overprotective father (Jack Black) warns Zach in no uncertain terms to stay away.
That's especially hard to do when — in a "Rear Window" homage — Zach spies a father-daughter argument and Hannah disappears. Soon enough, a meta twist reveals that Hannah's father is actually author R.L. Stine. He lives in seclusion to protect his original "Goosebumps" manuscripts, which have the power to manifest the monsters described within when opened.