For the generation of kids who grew up during the ’90s, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps, both the hugely successful series of books as well as the TV show, was the entry way into the world of all things spooky and horror. How many horror fans have I met who have told me it all started for them with Goosebumps on weekday afternoons on Fox Kids, back when they were still in elementary school? Let me just say, way too many to count.
Today, many of those same kids are now adults who are glued to their televisions whenever FX’s American Horror Story comes on. So of course, it makes sense that a fan would try to combine the two. Thanks to the AV Club, we’ve learned of a YouTuber named Josh Houchin, who has very cleverly taken footage from the old Goosebumps anthology show from back in the ‘90s, and has given it all an American Horror Story twist.
The mashup takes the super creepy American Horror Story theme music, and gives us the usual quick cuts of bizarre and spooky imagery–only it’s all imagery from the old Goosebumps show. This proves that editing is everything, because a lot of these cheesy Goosebumps moments actually seem creepy within context. (Especially puppets, because those are always creepy).
You can watch the entire American Horror Story: Goosebumps mashup video above. And hey, who knows…maybe the maker of this video somehow guessed the theme of this year’s American Horror Story anthology series. It would be amazing if we all tuned into FX on September 14 and American Horror Story: YA Novel flashed across our screens.
What do you think of this latest mashup? Does it actually make Goosebumps seem scary? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.
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